I'm working with vim + some plugins to code c++.

Sometimes, because of some bug or some executing sequence issue, the command zone will show me two or three lines as below: enter image description here

As you can see, I got two lines in the command zone:

"test.cpp" 62L...

How could I clear them so that I can make it into one line as normal? I've tried to execute :redraw but it's not working.

  • @klaus Yes, I did.
    – Yves
    Apr 21, 2019 at 2:38
  • 2
    Try :redraw! with a bang
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Apr 21, 2019 at 3:50
  • @D.BenKnoble it works! Maybe make it as an answer?
    – Yves
    Apr 21, 2019 at 6:16
  • @klaus No, it doesn't help.
    – Yves
    Apr 21, 2019 at 6:16
  • Yves, I'll leave B Layer the credit for this one.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Apr 22, 2019 at 22:29

1 Answer 1


Try Ctrl+L. This clears the screen then redraws it. That's also what :redraw!, mentioned in the comments, does but this is a lot more convenient.

The one caveat is that there can be a difference in timing between the two. Per help (i.e. the first couple entries in :h various-commands), ctrl-l may delay the redraw so Vim can process typeahead input while :redraw! redraws right away. I've not encountered this difference myself and your scenario doesn't seem applicable...but it should be noted. Perhaps you'll be the one that has to resort to :redraw!.

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