I'm using vim 8 and I set a shortcut to open a terminal in my vim.

nnoremap <F5> :wa<CR> \| :term ++kill=term<CR>

It works except that it opens a terminal vertically as below:

|        |some file|
|        |terminal |

What I need is to put the terminal on the right side:

|        |         |        |
|nerdtree|some file|terminal|
|        |         |        |

How can I change the shortcut of <F5> to achieve this?

  • 1
    Have a look at the different command modifiers, starting at :h :vertical Commented Apr 23, 2020 at 10:21

3 Answers 3


Use the :vertical and :botright modifiers.

nnoremap <F5> :wa \| vertical botright term ++kill=term<CR>


nnoremap <F5> :wa<CR>:vertical botright term ++kill=term<CR>

(Also note that you need one of <CR> or \|, not both. Your original command ends up executing the Normal mode | motion, which moves the cursor to the first column, followed by a space that moves it to column two.)

  • Now I'm working on Ubuntu 18.04 and ++kill=term gave me an error: Invalid attribute: kill. Do you know how to slove this?
    – Yves
    Commented Jul 21, 2020 at 10:46
  • @Yves You might have an older version of Vim... Or are you on NeoVim? Can you upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04? Otherwise, search for a Ubuntu PPA with a newer Vim package...
    – filbranden
    Commented Jul 21, 2020 at 14:51
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    Yea you are right, the verison of my vim in Ubuntu 18.04 is 8.0, instead of 8.2. I'll upgrade it.
    – Yves
    Commented Jul 22, 2020 at 2:38

You can use

:set splitright

combined with a command abbreviation like:

:ca term vert term

Splits will always open on the right; term will always shortcut to vert term on the command line (this includes when using / and ?).

  • I can’t really recommend an abbreviation here like this; it should at least only affect the Ex prompt and not searches. I also highly recommend spelling out commands (and using :cnoreabbrev).
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Jan 11, 2022 at 13:38

You can use the following keys to move a window:

  • Control+L (to right),
  • Control+H (to left),
  • Control+K (to top),
  • Control+J (to bottom).

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