I have a set of bindings for jumping to the (n*10)th column that are basically just sugar over the | command and somewhat nice for coarse horizontal movement.

nnoremap <silent> <leader>`      0
nnoremap <silent> <leader>1     10\|
nnoremap <silent> <leader>2     20\|
nnoremap <silent> <leader>3     30\|
nnoremap <silent> <leader>4     40\|
nnoremap <silent> <leader>5     50\|
nnoremap <silent> <leader>6     60\|
nnoremap <silent> <leader>7     70\|
nnoremap <silent> <leader>8     80\|
nnoremap <silent> <leader>9     90\|
nnoremap <silent> <leader>0    100\|
nnoremap <silent> <leader>-    110\|
nnoremap <silent> <leader>=    120\|
nnoremap <silent> <leader><bs> 130\|

For the most part, it works well. However, I'll sometimes hit a stray digit by accident, say 1 and then hit leader 2 and jump to column 120 by mistake.

Is there a way to modify the commands so that they clear numeric arguments before being executed?

I tried using the normal command to wrap one of the options

nnoremap <silent> <leader>1 :normal "10\\\|"<cr>

(and several variations of backslashing to prevent the | from being interpreted as a line separator in the body of the nnoremap)

But doing that seems to be equivalent to 0 for some reason.

2 Answers 2


You almost had it:

  • you need <c-u> to clear the count
  • and then either you use quotes with :exe, or you use none

In short:

nnoremap <silent> <leader>1 :<c-u>exe 'normal! 10\|'<cr>
" or
nnoremap <silent> <leader>1 :<c-u>normal! 10\|<cr>

One way to do it would be to carry out the movement with a function. The existing count will be converted to a range on the command line, but we can clear this with <C-U>.

This has the slight advantage of allowing you to compress the numerical mappings down a little:

for i in range(1, 9)
  execute 'nnoremap <silent> <leader>'.i.' :<C-U>call cursor(0, '.i.'0)<CR>'

nnoremap <silent> <leader>` :<C-U>call cursor(0, 1)<CR>
nnoremap <silent> <leader>0 :<C-U>call cursor(0, 100)<CR>
" etc

(hat-tip to Carpetsmoker and B Layer for use of cursor() instead of the function originally in this answer).

Further Reading

  • :help :call
  • :help v:count
  • :help cursor()

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