I often find myself doing something like this with a tiny header file with only a few lines:

  • Ctrl-W, ^
  • Ctrl-W, j
  • 50, Ctrl-W, -
  • 50, Ctrl-W, -
  • 30, Ctrl-W, -
  • 10, Ctrl-W, -

… or similar, to slowly "zero in" my window-height on the height of the actual file's contents.

Ideally, I'd like the sort of “inverse” of 'scrolloff' — “for new splits, if there's <= 'lines' of text in the buffer, then set 'winheight' to 'lines' + N”; but if that's not possible, a hotkey to achieve the same for the current window would probably suffice!


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:execute 'resize' line("$") + 5

Manual approach

You can use 2<c-w>0 to resize current window to fit buffer, with 2 extra lines.

It's fully commented, read comment as explanation.

" Resize window to fit buffer + <count>. It works the same as <c-w>_ if there
" are too many lines to fit.
command -count WinFitBuf call s:win_fit_buf(<count>)
nnoremap <expr> <c-w>0 printf(':<c-u>%dWinFitBuf<cr>', v:count)

function s:win_fit_buf(extra_lines) abort

  " save old view
  let cview = winsaveview()


    " I must find screen line count for current buffer, I don't know how to do
    " it directly, so I decide to maximize current window first, then shrink to
    " fit, I only need last screen line of current buffer this way.
    wincmd _

    " Clear scroll, goto last byte. I start this with ex 0 and $, but they don't
    " clear scroll until script finished.
    keepjump norm! ggG$

    " resize to fit
    exe printf('%dwincmd _',  winline() + a:extra_lines)


    " restore old view
    cal winrestview(cview)



It's tricky to do it automatically:

  • You can't do it with WinNew, as you don't know new buffer line count in this moment, the <afile> and bufname() all points to the old buffer name.
  • You can't do it with WinBufEnter, as :e file will trigger it.

  • You must also make sure new window is in a col layout.

  • You must make sure it's not a blank buffer.

I didn't do it, it looks complicate and fragile.

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