I have the following line in my .vimrc to open NERDTree on startup:


Now, if I start vim, I have NERDTree on the left and the file I opened on the right.

The left window is focused on startup. How can I put the focus on the right window on startup?

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    I don't have NERDTree installed, so I can't test it, but does au VimEnter * wincmd l work?
    – DJMcMayhem
    Nov 21, 2016 at 18:28
  • Do you really have that command in your .vimrc? That shouldn't yet be available when Vim starts up. Nov 21, 2016 at 18:47
  • I load "NERDTree" with "vim-plug" (a package manager for vim). This line in my .vimrc loads NT immediately: Plug 'scrooloose/nerdtree', { 'on': 'NERDTreeToggle' }, so I can use NERDTreeToggl in .vimrc
    – Rotareti
    Nov 21, 2016 at 18:58

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You can do this with a simple autocommand:

au VimEnter * wincmd l

This tells vim anytime you open a new vim window (VimEnter) on any file type * to run the ex command :wincmd l. wincmd l is effectively the same thing as pressing <C-w>l in normal mode, which moves you one split to the right. From :h ctrl_w-l

CTRL-W CTRL-L                   *CTRL-W_CTRL-L* *CTRL-W_l*
CTRL-W l    Move cursor to Nth window right of current one.  Uses the
        cursor position to select between alternatives.

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