Let's say that I have a file of 100 lines, and all of the lines are folded. How would I unfold only line number 51?

  • foldmethod is manual
  • All lines were folded with 1,$fold
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    Running :%fold creates a single fold over the whole file. You can only open or close the fold, not parts of it. You could use smaller folds or subfolds, though.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Dec 12, 2022 at 14:27
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    I see. So I'd have to figure out the range of the fold, unfold the whole thing, then refold the pieces above and below.
    – Tony
    Dec 13, 2022 at 2:45

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To unfold (or open the fold) for only line 51, you would type :51 foldopen. See :help foldopen for more info.

  • That command unfolds all the lines. To be clear, foldmethod is manual, and all lines were folded with 1,$fold.
    – Tony
    Dec 11, 2022 at 18:59

zf to fold a selection. This command takes a motion after it or a previous selection.


zfjto fold the line you're on and the one below.


after selecting a bunch on lines in visual mode (v) use

zf to fold the selected lines.

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