Generally when opening more than two or three files in vim, I use a single split, navigating between the files/buffers with
:N. Sometimes, however, I want to open all of them in visible splits at once (
:vert ba), such as to move the cursor in each to the next occurrence of a search pattern.
Afterward, I usually want to go back to the single split, but the obvious methods to reduce the split count are quitting (drops the buffers) or moving the splits around (e.g.
CTRL-w L, awkward and requires double the screen real estate). Is there a better way?