So I have the silver search thing going:

" The Silver Searcher
if executable('ag')
  " Use ag over grep
  let &grepprg = "ag --nogroup --nocolor --ignore wiki --ignore tags"

  " Use ag in CtrlP for listing files. Lightning fast and respects .gitignore
  let g:ctrlp_user_command = 'ag %s -l --nocolor -g ""'

  " ag is fast enough that CtrlP doesn't need to cache
  let g:ctrlp_use_caching = 0

" bind \ (backward slash) to grep shortcut
command -nargs=+ -complete=file -bar Ag silent! grep! <args>|cwindow|redraw!
nnoremap \ :Ag<SPACE>

when I click on \ I get the prompt to search, which is great, it looks like this: enter image description here

I got three questions:

  1. how do I dismiss the bottom bar? I'm not sure what that action is called.. ideally I would connect that to some keyboard binding

  2. How can i make it so that when i click on a file (or perform some keybinding on a file in the list below).. it automatically jumps to the file AND dismiss the bottom bar?

  3. how can I (with a keyboard shortuct) make the bottom bar higher and smaller? sometimes that's useful when i got tonnes of results

many thanks

  • what do you mean with the bottom bar? Nov 10, 2017 at 6:54
  • @ChristianBrabandt just updated the question to answer yours
    – abbood
    Nov 10, 2017 at 6:55
  • 2
    That is the quickfix list. The one you opened with the :cwindow command. Read the help at :h quickfix to see what commands are available (like e.g. :cclose to close it) Nov 10, 2017 at 7:20
  • i see.. that narrows down the search a bit: stackoverflow.com/questions/42217825/…
    – abbood
    Nov 10, 2017 at 7:50

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It's called the quickfix window. (See :h quickfix)

  1. It can be dismissed with the command :cclose or with any regular window command. e.g. Ctrl-Wc or Ctrl-Wo.

  2. One way you could do this:

    nnoremap <expr> <CR> &buftype=='quickfix' ? "\<CR>:cclose\<CR>" : "\<CR>"

    Another alternative would be to use an autocommand to create a buffer-local mapping only in the quickfix window, or just to use a new trigger for your jump-to-error-and-close mapping. (e.g. <leader><cr>)

  3. You can use the regular window resizing commands:

    • Ctrl-W+
    • Ctrl-W-

    These take counts, so you can resize more rapidly with commands such as:

    • 5Ctrl-W+

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