I use mouse wheel scroll on two panes. In order to focus one pane, I must first click to focus it, then scroll.

Is there a way to focus upon mouse moving? This is also known as Focus follow mouse in i3wm.


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In GVim there are set mousefocus and set scrollfocus (only Windows GVim 8.1.2257 or later).

mousefocus automatically activates window so it gets both mouse and keyboard input; scrollfocus only allows scrolling window under mouse cursor without activating it.

For Neovim it seems to work out-of-the-box (as if set scrollfocus).

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    On Windows, you also need to :set scrollfocus, but this needs a relative recent Vim 8.1.2257 Jun 11, 2020 at 11:32
  • @ChristianBrabandt Not exactly. They both can be used independently. I'll update my answer.
    – Matt
    Jun 11, 2020 at 13:07

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