I know User1... User9 colors the status line. I have applied several colors to the statusline to make it easy to recognize, but I wish this is only applied to active panes, not inactive panes. So that inactive panes has monocolor statusline, and is not too distracting. I suppose this is possible if there are two sets of User1... User9, one for active panes, one for inactive panes. Is there such function?

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Unless I misunderstand the issue you should just use User1-5 for the active and the 6-9 for the inactive one.

For example I use the following in my update function (not complete but you should get the idea):

" active
let s:a_statusline='%1* %<%f ' " ... etc.
" inactive
let s:na_statusline='%6* %<%f ' " ... etc.

function! s:RefreshStatus()
  for i in range(1, winnr('$'))
    call setwinvar(i, '&statusline', '%!LaktakGetStatus(' . i . ')')

function! LaktakGetStatus(w)
  return a:w==winnr() ? s:a_statusline : s:na_statusline

autocmd VimEnter,WinEnter,BufWinEnter * call <SID>RefreshStatus()
  • Thanks! Though I made a few modifications to rid syntax errors, which I will explain below (sorry I haven't had time to check this for last few days.) Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 8:54

I will post my code as an answer to make it more visible. (Disclaimer: @laktak has included a <SID> number, but it causes errors, and I have not understood its purpose.)

" To set the statusline for all windowss.
function! RefreshStatusLine()
    for i in range(1, winnr('$'))
        call setwinvar(i, '&statusline', '%!GetStatusLine(' . i . ')')

" To choose the statusline for either active or inactive windowss.
function! GetStatusLine(num_active_window)
    return a:num_active_window==winnr() ? s:active_statusline : s:inactive_statusline

" First to define that for the only active windows.
let s:active_statusline='%1* %F %*%2*%m%r%h%*%3* B:%n %*%4* L:%l/%L %*%5* C:%c%V %*'
" Next to define those for other inactive windowss.
let s:inactive_statusline=' %F %m%r%h B:%n  L:%l/%L  C:%c%V '

" Set the statusline whenever the active windows changes.
autocmd VimEnter,WinEnter,BufWinEnter * call RefreshStatusLine()

" The following lines must come after colorscheme declaration
highlight User1 guifg=#ffffff  guibg=#660000
highlight User2 guifg=#ffffff  guibg=#990033
highlight User3 guifg=#ffffff  guibg=#666600
highlight User4 guifg=#ffffff  guibg=#336633
highlight User5 guifg=#ffffff  guibg=#336699
  • <SID> is used with functions that are local to the script - see s:RefreshStatus() and help <SID>
    – laktak
    Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 14:14

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