How can I open the result of ctrl+] in a new split?

similar: How do I open a tag with ctrl+] but open it in an existing split?

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    I can’t find any reference to it, but does <C-w><C-]> work?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Dec 7, 2018 at 2:17
  • @D.BenKnoble Yes, it does! (albeit a horizontal split)
    – Geremia
    Commented Dec 7, 2018 at 3:49

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This will do it:

CTRL-W ]                    *CTRL-W_]* *CTRL-W_CTRL-]*
CTRL-W CTRL-]   Split current window in two.  Use identifier under cursor as a
        tag and jump to it in the new upper window.
        In Visual mode uses the Visually selected text as a tag.
        Make new window N high.

courtesy: D. Ben Knoble

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    One could even remap the commands to use a vertical split
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Dec 7, 2018 at 4:06
  • how? @D.BenKnoble Commented Jul 13, 2021 at 11:14
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    @AyushMandowara e.g., nnoremap <C-w>] :vertical stag <cword><CR>. <C-w>] and variants are just aliases for :stag <cword><CR> if you read the description.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Jul 13, 2021 at 17:56
  • It's not strictly true that they're aliases. If you use these Ex-command formulation, a different "flags" argument gets passed to :help tag-function. With regular <C-w>] the flag 'c' is passed, while your formulation passes an empty flag.
    – Aktau
    Commented Dec 1, 2021 at 23:15

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