I have a file with foldmethod=indent. I have the folds automatically open when I enter them, and close when I leave them. When I sit in Normal mode on the bottom line of a fold and press o, the fold closes and I can't see what is in it.

I want Vim to understand that when I'm in a fold and type a command that leaves the fold but enters Insert mode, I want that fold to stay open.

  • I assume you're using :set foldclose=all, correct? I don't think there's a setting that will prevent the fold from closing while you append a new line with o at the end of a fold when that setting is enabled though...
    – filbranden
    Nov 3, 2020 at 17:24
  • I am indeed using :set foldclose=all. How about using autocmd InsertEnter ...? That's what I tried before, although I am not good enough at Vimscript to make it work.
    – Not me
    Nov 5, 2020 at 0:34

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It seems like the indent fold method has some flaws, and this is one of them. My solution might not be the best, but here it is:

I created my own fold implementation in my vimrc:

function! FoldLevel(lnum)
    return ( max([
        \     indent(prevnonblank(a:lnum)),
        \     indent(nextnonblank(a:lnum))
        \ ]) / getbufvar('.', '&tabstop', 1) )

set foldmethod=expr
set foldexpr=FoldLevel(v:lnum)

You just need to put that in your .vimrc, and you should be good to go!

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