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Both the statusline and the tabline only show the file I'm currently working (on on my current tab). Is there any built-in setting that can show the names of the files that occupy the windows I'm not currently focused on?

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Is there any built-in setting that can show the names of the files that occupy the windows I'm not currently focused on?

I suppose you mean set laststatus=2. That makes every window to have a status line of its own (which by default also shows a file/buffer name).

Beyond this, many customizations are possible, but they all require quite a bit of scripting (or plugin use).

  • thank you. for some reason I missed that. I was using a vertical split and maybe I thought I was seeing a single status bar, who knows. Is it possible to make the status bar not show up on the active window? – Mason Sep 26 '19 at 17:52
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    @Mason No, status lines could only be switched off globally (set laststatus=0). At the best, you can create an empty local status line with a background color, but it will still consume screen space, and I don't see any good reason to do so. – Matt Sep 26 '19 at 18:25

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