If my file already has

  fold contents here

blocks I want them to be automatically folded when I run za; but I want the ability to create a manual fold using zf%, say on just


  fold contents here


without vim automatically modifying my file to


fold contents here


I thought that

:help fold-create-marker

might be relevant, but I do not understand it.

I have a workaround, but would like a cleaner solution.

.vimrc workaround:

map <Leader>Zf :set fdm=marker<CR>za:set fdm=manual<CR>za|"create marker method fold, but return to manual fold method
" Above intended for case where '{{{' preexists on currentline, and matching '}}}' exists on subsequent line
  • Default behavior: add 'foldmarker' surrounded by 'commentstring' :he foldmarker -> string (default: "{{{,}}}") :he commentstring -> string (default "/*%s*/") 'commentstring' is used if it isn't empty.
    – Alex Kroll
    May 19, 2015 at 10:29

1 Answer 1


You could do a global match on all fold markers to create manual folds.

:g/{{{/normal! $Nzf%

This assumes that {} braces are balanced inside the fold markers, but if you use the "matchit" plugin distributed with Vim, you can make this better with:

:let b:match_words = '{{{:}}}'

It also assumes that there's only one opening fold marker per line, but I don't see a good way to remove that assumption short of custom scripting.

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