Right now, when I split a file in VIM, I need to use CTRL-W + h/j/k/l to switch between them.

In spacevim (https://spacevim.org/), each file has a number visible in the bar (see picture), and I can just press SPACE + <number> in command mode to go to that file. I find that way more convenient than the default CTRL-W option. However, I don't want to install spacevim just for this, because it do a lot of other config that I don't like.

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So how could I configure my vimrc to do the same?

Thank in advance for your help.

  • Note that "window numbers" (unlike "window ids") are assigned depending on current layout (top-left to bottom-right). So even if they are not visible, the window on the left is still "1", and one on the right is "2",
    – Matt
    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:22

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To see window numbers you have to setup statusline (:h statusline), for example:

set statusline=[%{winnr()}] 
set statusline+=%([\%R%M]\ %)
set statusline+=%<%f
set statusline+=%(\ %y%)
set statusline+=%=
set statusline+=%4(%p%%%)

See winnr() function in the first line.

To switch to the window with that number you can use built-in 2 C-ww

You can add mappings:

nnoremap <space>1 1<C-w>w
nnoremap <space>2 2<C-w>w
nnoremap <space>3 3<C-w>w
nnoremap <space>4 4<C-w>w
nnoremap <space>5 5<C-w>w
nnoremap <space>6 6<C-w>w

Probably it could be done the other way.

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  • 1
    Thank you. I can successfully switch with SPACE but I don't see the number in the status line. Could it be because I use the airline plugin?
    – Nakrule
    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:06
  • 1
    Yes, you have to setup airline to show window numbers (my example is for a standard statusline)
    – Maxim Kim
    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:11

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