Let's say I have some file


and search :vimgrep /asdf/g %, and open the quickfix list :copen. Now I can navigate between the two results using j/k and jump to said result using Enter. I find it inconvenient that we directly switch from the quickfix window to the window with the result. So far I just mapped :cprev and :cnext to some keys, but I'm wondering:

Is there some other short cut that acts like hitting Enter, but without switching to the result (i.e. staying in the quickfix list)?

  • You can easily map <CR> to behave differently in qflist (e.g., if in qflist, map to <CR>:cw<CR>). But I think your mapping of :cprev and :cnext is much more useful and hasslefree. Normally, specially in :grep as opposed to :make, user should not even care about the qflist. Just cycle through the results with proper and ample context. (In :make, one needs to read the error message, so that's a different matter.)
    – 3N4N
    Oct 18, 2022 at 10:27
  • @kadekai Thank you for the advice, that is a very good point! I think I'll stick with that then!
    – flawr
    Oct 18, 2022 at 12:54
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    @kadekai unless one wants to inspect the results/filter further/etc., in which case viewing the list is very handy.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Oct 18, 2022 at 20:55

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You can make your own mapping that opens the quickfix entry and comes back. Taken from vim-qf:

" in after/ftplugin/qf.vim
nnoremap <silent> <buffer> o <CR><C-w>p

See :help CTRL-W_p.

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