I've configured my VIM to find and open a file by fzf:

nmap <c-x><c-f> :Files<cr>

It works fine, but I wanna open the file in a new tab instead of the current tab with the same shortcut keys.

  • @filbranden When I press Ctrl-t it says about tags and Ctrl-T in my Gnome Terminal will open a new tab in Terminal generally. Do you know what's the function behind it that I set a shortcut key for it?
    – mortymacs
    Dec 21, 2020 at 17:21
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    @filbranden Thanks a lot! It worked!
    – mortymacs
    Dec 21, 2020 at 21:17
  • @filbranden you'll post as an answer? or I do it?
    – mortymacs
    Dec 21, 2020 at 21:29
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    I'll do it. Thanks for confirming this works for you!
    – filbranden
    Dec 21, 2020 at 21:38
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    Welcome to Vi and Vim!
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Dec 22, 2020 at 19:19

2 Answers 2


The Vim fzf plug-in has a native feature to open the selected item in a new tab.

If you type Ctrl+T inside the fzf selection window, it will tell Vim to open the item in a new tab (when applicable.)

See here, below the table it says:

Most commands support CTRL-T / CTRL-X / CTRL-V key bindings to open in a new tab, a new split, or in a new vertical split.

If this is acceptable for you, you don't need a new mapping to open files in a new tab, just to use the appropriate Ctrl+key sequence when selecting an entry, to have that entry opened in a new tab (or a split too, since that's also supported.)


Per the maintainer you can also configure fzf.vim to open the selected file in a new tab by default by adding this to your ~/.vimrc:

let g:fzf_action = { 'enter': 'tab split' }

The accepted solution works as well, I'm just too lazy to include those extra two key strokes.

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