I have my fuzzy file finder in Vim and it does a pretty good job. But it always opens the file in the current tab. I want my :find to open the resulting file in a new tab.

I know I can :tabnew <file> but I need to write the complete file path here to open the file. So how do I do that?

2 Answers 2


The command is


From :help :tabfind:

Open a new tab page and edit {file} in 'path', like with :find.


Ralf’s answer is the correct one, but I’ll add some more generically useful commands:

  • Prepend :vertical to any command which splits and it will use a vertical split
  • Similarly, prepend :tab to any command which splits and it will use a tab

These more general commands work for most things (so :tab help does what you thing), so they are good to have in your toolbox—especially for plugin authors, who may want to support <modifiers> in their :commands!

(Note that in this case you’d use :sfind for split, :vertical sfind à la :vsplit, and :tab sfind for tabs.)

  • I'm new to vim, and I'm liking it more and more. tab is like some "action" that you can add anywhere and it'll do the job right?
    – bradley101
    Jun 19, 2020 at 5:24
  • Kind of @Shantanu; it wont work for commands that dont open a split (e.g., :tab function Foo() is nonsense). But you’re on the right track! Give :help :vertical and :help :tab a read, if you haven’t already. Vim’s help rocks.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jun 19, 2020 at 11:51

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