Is there any way to set options typed on multiple lines with a single :set command?

Here is a part of my vimrc:

se nu
se sm
se hls

And as you see, I have se on every line in which I set an option. I know that I can set the all options in one line with a single se but How can I set them with one se but with the options themselves specified on multiple lines.

e.g. I'd like to write something like:

se nu,
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    Your question is a bit unclear, but I think set nu sm hls will do what you want? Dec 4, 2017 at 12:18
  • @Carpetsmoker I think the question is to add a newline between nu and sm and between sm and hls in your command which is (I think) not possible (but I don't really understand how that would be helpful to be able to do that)
    – statox
    Dec 4, 2017 at 12:25
  • no actually I know that I can set these option in one line but I want to set them in some lines with one 'se'.
    – Cy8099
    Dec 4, 2017 at 12:38
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    I wouldn't recommend it, but it should be possible using \ at the beginning of the lines for line continuation (this depends on the C in cpoptions). Note, this is hardly readable, and using the short option form is not really recommended. Dec 4, 2017 at 12:52
  • Thanks for respon. How about 'ino' & 'cnorea' options? 'cause I have many lines (about 15) that they contain this two options on start of line, Can I sum them up? or Is it good idea to sum up them?
    – Cy8099
    Dec 4, 2017 at 13:16

1 Answer 1


I'd personally recommend against doing so, but you can use Vim's "line continuation" feature for this:

set number
\ showmatch
\ hlsearch

This will be interpreted by Vim as if the contents of the lines after the backslashes were written at the end of the previous line:

set number showmatch hlsearch

Note that whitespace before the backslash is ignored:

set number
  \ showmatch
  \ hlsearch

See :help line-continuation for more details.

ino and cnorea are the short forms of the inoremap and cnoreabbrev commands. It is not possible to merge multiple map/abbreviation commands into a single command in this way: this only works with :set because that command already allows you to set multiple options with a single command.

  • Thank you so muck for clear, so I will use of default and standard option :)))
    – Cy8099
    Dec 4, 2017 at 14:59

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