I list files using vim ., which uses netrw. Then I select two files using md, and open them in diff mode using mf. Now how can I go back to the list of files? I use :q to exit the second file, and :E to list them again, but are there shorter ways? if not how can I define these composition of keys in netrw rc?

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Assuming you meant md to diff, I would do <C-w>o to get back to one window and :Rex (short for :Rexplore) to go to the listing. (Don't use the window command, short for :only, if you have other windows you don't want to close!).

  • That is a lot keystroke, I want one key, no command. How can I map these procedure to one key?
    – Ahmad
    Apr 23, 2021 at 15:45
  • I forgot to say thank anywas
    – Ahmad
    Apr 23, 2021 at 15:52
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    @Ahmad I find it quite short, but if you want to make a mapping you should look at :help :map. Example: nnoremap <leader>r <C-w>o:Rexplore<CR>. Assuming your leader is backslash (the default), press backslash-r.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Apr 23, 2021 at 16:05

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