I'm trying to optimize this solution I came up with.

The code bellow do works fine. So feel free to use it as a valid solution to this question.

nnoremap <F2> :call ToogleFold()<CR>

function! ToogleFold()
     if &foldlevel >= 20
         "normal! zM<CR> (folds all)
         set foldlevel=0
         "normal! zR<CR> (unfolds everything)
         set foldlevel=20

But I believe we can do it all in a single line without the use of functions.

I've tried some strange combinations here, attempting to get it right. So, to inspire your creativity, here the wrong codes:

nnoremap <F2> @=(foldlevel('.')?'zM':'zR')<CR>
nnoremap <F2> :exe 'if &foldlevel>=20' \ <ESC>zM \ else <ESC>zR'
nnoremap <F2> :exe &foldlevel>=20? <ESC>zM : <ESC>zR
nnoremap <F2> :exe '&foldlevel>=20?' <ESC>zM : <ESC>zR'

In the and, what I'm trying to achieve is the use of zM and zR in normal mode depending on the value of a setting variable foldlevel.

I believe this solution may be very useful to other similar cases (other variables)

2 Answers 2


So you want to toggle between all lines folded and no lines folded.

Does this mapping do what you want?

:nnoremap <expr> <f2> &foldlevel ? 'zM' :'zR'
  • It kind'a does! :) But I still need to test it better, because the foldlevel isn't toggling from 0 to 20 and back again. Let me see what happens in a set foldmethod=manual. I think that won't matter.
    – DrBeco
    Jul 9, 2017 at 22:54
  • Dandy! Work as a charm. Two somewhat unrelated questions that will help me in my script and don't deserve a full question: how can you negate the condition? Just !&foldlevel? will do? And how to compare with 20? Just &foldlevel >= 20?. Thanks! Accepted answer +1.
    – DrBeco
    Jul 9, 2017 at 23:58
  • @DrBeco Yes, that should do it. Jul 10, 2017 at 9:51

I wrote a similar function in Lua for those using Neovim:

local key = vim.keymap.set
local silent = { noremap = true, silent = true }

-- Toggle all folds
key('n', "<Leader><Tab>",
        local get_opt = vim.api.nvim_win_get_option
        local set_opt = vim.api.nvim_win_set_option

        if get_opt(0, "foldlevel") >= 20 then
            set_opt(0, "foldlevel", 0)
            set_opt(0, "foldlevel", 20)
  • Thanks. May be useful to let it here for reference
    – DrBeco
    Oct 27, 2022 at 0:47

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