When in terminal mode, I would like that <c-i> and <c-o> work like in insert mode, i.e. the cursor jumps to its next/previous position in accordance with the jumplist.

How to make this to happen?

EDIT: this becomes very annoying when you jump into a terminal window with <c-o> (or with <c-i>) and then can't get out it not with another <c-o> or with a <c-i>.

  • I believe in terminal mode you are limited to the possibility of the terminal and it is very likely that it is not possible. Oct 10, 2022 at 14:56
  • Hum, I see. Any workaround to avoid adding entries in the jumplist when jumping into a terminal buffer? A common scenario is when you have a sequence of e.g. <c-o> and you end up in a terminal window and you won't get out from there with another <c-o>. Very annoying.
    – Barzi2001
    Oct 10, 2022 at 15:06
  • Vim. But actually it jumps into terminals… :/
    – Barzi2001
    Oct 10, 2022 at 18:12
  • Thank you! Very appreciated!
    – Barzi2001
    Oct 11, 2022 at 5:15
  • Is the thing where you jump into a terminal window with <c-o> and then can't get out the actual problem you are trying to solve? If so, could you please edit that information into the question?
    – Rich
    Oct 11, 2022 at 9:34

2 Answers 2


Looking at the source code, it looks like there is no way other than :h keepjump to avoid adding to jumplist (which you can do: most of the movements can be done through :h :norm, and when in terminal buffer, prepending those commands with :keepjump will avoid adding the terminal buffer to the jumplist, but I suspect most people will find that workaround not a solution at all, so back to the source code):

    // for :global the mark is set only once
    if (global_busy || listcmd_busy || (cmdmod.cmod_flags & CMOD_KEEPJUMPS))

The easiest way to achieve what OP wants is adding one more condition to the above if block: a condition to check if current buffer is a terminal buffer. Below is the patch.

diff --git a/src/mark.c b/src/mark.c
index 584db033d3ca..b5752653ea0d 100644
--- a/src/mark.c
+++ b/src/mark.c
@@ -143,6 +143,9 @@ setpcmark(void)
     if (global_busy || listcmd_busy || (cmdmod.cmod_flags & CMOD_KEEPJUMPS))
+    if (curbuf->b_term != NULL)
+      return;
     curwin->w_prev_pcmark = curwin->w_pcmark;
     curwin->w_pcmark = curwin->w_cursor;

You can apply it by copying it to your clipboard and using ${PASTECMD} | patch -p1, where $PASTECMD is the command associated with your clipboard for pasting.

For xclip:

xclip -selection clipboard -o | patch -p1

NOTE that the last empty line in the patch is expected (although not required) by patch.


As it's likely not possible to do what you want, if it's a *nix terminal you could use tmux to jump back through terminal history in copy-mode.There are various plugins which can make this faster, like:

You could disable the tmux statusline when running in vim terminal to reduce visual clutter.

  • Good to know! But unfortunately I use Win 10.
    – Barzi2001
    Oct 11, 2022 at 5:15

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