When I navigate out of the quickfix list, the split I get put back in is not the same as the one I left.

For example:

  1. vim -u NONE
  2. :copen open quickfix list
  3. ^w w leave quickfix list
  4. :vsplit open a split
  5. ^w l go to right split
  6. ^w j go to quickfix list
  7. ^w k leave quickfix

I expect this to bring me back to the right split, since that's where I was when I entered the quickfix list, but instead it brings me to the left split. Is there any way to change that? Am I doing something wrong?

2 Answers 2


That depends on your cursor position in the previous window (prior to switching windows with ^wk or similar).

From :h ^wk (emphasis mine):

Move cursor to Nth window above current one. Uses the cursor position to select between alternatives.

So, if the cursor is on the right of the quickfix window, ^wk will bring you to the right split. Otherwise, the left split is chosen.

(A quick way to move to the far right of the window is $, or g$ if the line wraps around, though I think you know that already)


The window command p (as in <C-w>p or :wincmd p) takes you back to the previous window.

  • How did I not know about <C-w>p? Thank you! Do you happen to know the name of the option to change that? Or the help it's in?
    – Marcel
    Mar 27, 2021 at 0:33
  • Maybe :help botright or similar (you might need single quotes)? @Marcel
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Mar 27, 2021 at 1:49
  • afaik there is no such option. There is :botright, :belowright, 'splitbelow', and similar, but those are for creating splits, not moving between splits
    – husB
    Mar 27, 2021 at 6:00

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