What's the best way to move point to the start of an isearch result instead of the end?

E.g. given the following, where | is point:

|foo bar baz    

And searching for bar, I'd like point to be at:

foo |bar baz

instead of

foo bar| baz

The latter is almost never useful.

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Assuming that you don't want the same behavior on isearch-backward:

(defun isearch-exit--after ()
  (when isearch-forward
    (setf (point) isearch-other-end)))
(advice-add 'isearch-exit :after 'isearch-exit--after)
  • 1
    Cool, thanks. So isearch-backward puts point at the beginning of the result? Super weird! Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 19:38
  • Not weird. The defaults are such that another search in the same direction for the same pattern will not find the same match you found last time.
    – phils
    Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 21:55
  • Ah, that makes sense...however, it seems that this information could simply be held in some variable (isearch doesn't shy away from state anyway). Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 23:14

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