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Let's say I have ten splits as follows:

|0|1|2|3|4|
|5|6|7|8|9|

I now try to reduce the width of split 1 to be able to increase split 3 quite a bit (whoever wrote that particular file, used fairly long lines).

My problem is that when I attempt to change the size of split 1 with Ctrl+w < , the extra space goes to split 0, and if I attempt to correct that by changing the size of split 0, the only split I can get to change is split 1. Similarly, changing the size of splits 2 or 3 only also affects split 4; changing split 4 only affects split 3. So in short, I fail in my attempts to move the divider located between splits 1 and 2.

How do I get around this? I have not yet attempted to get the mouse involved (would like to try to avoid that, if possible).

  • So to be more precise: I'm trying to resize existing windows/splits without having to close a bunch of windows and reopen them. Which perhaps would work, if I managed to perform the required :sp and :vs in the right order. – Persilja Apr 5 '17 at 18:27
  • I can't reproduce this behaviour. My horizontal resize operations always move the divider to the right of the current window, regardless of what order I opened them in (except when that window is rightmost, obviously). Can you add a sequence of split operations that always results in a window layout that behaves like this for you, or is the issue more unpredictable than that? – Rich Jan 30 '18 at 12:06
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Prefix a number before the split command to reduce it to a desired number of rows or columns: e.g., :10sp or :20vsp

See also: :help sp

  • I'm not sure I understand how that would help. I am after all not trying to open new windows, but resize existing windows. – Persilja Apr 5 '17 at 18:13
  • Sure, I could make an attempt to close existing windows and reopening them in the right order (there appears to be a difference if I do :sp before :vs versus the other order), whatever that "right order" actually is. (Oops, shouldn't have hit enter while typing here. Sorry for two comments instead of one) – Persilja Apr 5 '17 at 18:22
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As far as I understod you, all you have to do is:

  1. Go to split 1 Ctrl+w 10<
  2. Go to split 2 Ctrl+w 10<

Split 1 is now 10 columns smaller, and split 3 is 10 columns bigger.

What you do is he following:

Starting:

| 0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |

Decrease the width of split 1:

| 0 | 1| 2 | 3 | 4 |

The width you have taken from split 1 is now in split 2. So to restore split 2 to the original size, and to pass the extra width further to split 3, you have to decrease the width of split 2 by the same amount:

| 0 | 1| 2 | 3 | 4 |

Since you have writen that Ctrl+w < decreases split 0, it is possible, that you have to go the other way arround, and use Ctrl+w 10>on split 4

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    That result is not guaranteed. Doing Ctrl+w 10< on split 2 is not guaranteed to change the size of spit 3 - indeed, my problem was that when doing that, it would resize split 1 instead, going back to the initial configuration and leave split 3 alone. It seemed to have something to do with the order in which I had opened the splits - some appeared to be grouped together, such that all size changes took place within the group. – Persilja Aug 4 '17 at 18:43
  • Yeah it has something to do with the order. But as I said, try to do Ctrl+w 10> on split 4. – Doktor OSwaldo Aug 7 '17 at 6:10

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