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I would like to execute 'zz' to center the current line to the center of the screen when opening a new file. I have tried the following, but it does not seem to be working for some reason:

autocmd BufEnter * :normal zz

Any ideas?

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    Leaving aside that you should use augroup, BufReadPost and normal!, it actually does work. But zz is no-op if the current line number is too small.
    – Matt
    Oct 22, 2019 at 19:48
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    Repeating what Matt said but in different terms (which may or may not help): zz will not do anything if centering the current line would result in a margin (empty space) at the top of the buffer.
    – B Layer
    Oct 23, 2019 at 0:47

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