I created :term, then I switch to another viewport, but latter when I switch back to the term buffer "!/bin/bash" it is full screen and I don't understand how can I access the vim command line again since everything I type is handled by the terminal itself but not by vim.

The only thing I can do is to exit term, but I would like just to switch to another buffer.

Ctrl-W does not work here since the terminal not in a split window anymore if you use ":b N". Thanks

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    Is this Vim or Neovim? Jul 1, 2020 at 13:14
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    Welcome to Vi and Vim! I find your question rather unclear—normally, you would do Ctrl-w :, but I’m not sure why your terminal buffer is “full screen” unless you gave some other config. You may want to read vi.stackexchange.com/q/2003/10604
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jul 1, 2020 at 14:00
  • @D.BenKnoble The OP mentions going back to the buffer 'later', which I think means he hides it then switches back to it in a scenario where there's only one window left.
    – Biggybi
    Jul 1, 2020 at 14:30

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To enter vim command-mode from a terminal buffer, you can use: <c-\>n.

Then, you will be able to use regular vim commands as in any buffer.

Thus, : lets you enter vim command-line and i switches back to terminal input as you'd expect.

  • great! it works. thanks Jul 1, 2020 at 14:18
  • I'm glad it helped! Please consider 'accepting' the answer if this answers your question.
    – Biggybi
    Jul 1, 2020 at 14:31

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