In tmux if you have alot of panes open, you can press CTRL+B, z to zoom into that terminal pane. Is there a way to do the same thing in vim, to zoom into / out of the selected pane?

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    AFAIK, there are some plugins that simulate this, but nothing native to vim that i can think of. You could try tabedit % as an approximation.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Oct 27, 2018 at 19:29
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    One of the plugins is zoomwin which remaps ctrl-w o which IMHO is a good choice. However, I would recommend to use the suggestion of @D.BenKnoble (one less plugin and works everywhere). I agree that :tabe % is not as short as ctrl-w o. At least you can close(minimize) with ctrl-w c since it is the only window in this tab. Just for completeness: since tabs in vim are different to tabs in gui apps, I'd recommend for those who are not familar with this to read stackoverflow.com/a/103590/1057593.
    – Hotschke
    Oct 28, 2018 at 8:53
  • I use nnoremap <C-w>t :tabsplit for zooming in and <c-w>q for zooming out, or zooming in/out experience I should say.
    – 3N4N
    Feb 22, 2019 at 4:15
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    – A S
    Feb 22, 2019 at 5:51
  • @AS If you want to post that as the answer I think it's great!
    – leeand00
    Feb 22, 2019 at 7:01

3 Answers 3


I use ctrl-w | if my screen is split vertically or ctrl-w _ if split horizontally to zoom in. To get back, I use ctrl-w =.


A nice way to do this is with :tab split

This will open the current buffer in a new tab where it is "zoomed".

When you are done use :q to close the tab and you are back to the previous window layout.


All the credits go to reddit user tLaw101:

function! WinZoomToggle() abort
    if ! exists('w:WinZoomIsZoomed') 
        let w:WinZoomIsZoomed = 0
    if w:WinZoomIsZoomed == 0
        let w:WinZoomOldWidth = winwidth(0)
        let w:WinZoomOldHeight = winheight(0)
        wincmd _
        wincmd |
        let w:WinZoomIsZoomed = 1
    elseif w:WinZoomIsZoomed == 1
        execute "resize " . w:WinZoomOldHeight
        execute "vertical resize " . w:WinZoomOldWidth
        let w:WinZoomIsZoomed = 0

nnoremap <leader>wz :call WinZoomToggle()<CR>
  • that's isn't what I was talking about...I was talking about the :tabedit % and :tabclose answer is much better than that one, as there isn't ready anything to setup apart from maybe a keymap, it's on that page if you keep reading a bit further.
    – leeand00
    Feb 22, 2019 at 15:14
  • It may be much better but it's not similar in any way to tmux's <C-b>z :). While the function from the original post indeed replicates it.
    – A S
    Feb 22, 2019 at 16:59
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    Oh I understand, sorry AS I asked this question such a long time ago...
    – leeand00
    Feb 22, 2019 at 17:07

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