I want when i type :tabnew , that it automatically create numbered (indexed) tabs according to which tab in order it is. if it's 3rd tab that will be opened, than to show number 3 before tab name ( 3 [tab name] )

I can create tab with some name, like :tabnew hello but number is still staying 1 ( 1 [tab name1] | 1 [tab name2] | 1 [tab name3] )

I want it to show like index, so I can quickly jump to it with <n>gt ( 1 [tab name1] | 2 [tab name2] | 3 [tab name3] )

so i can just jump without counting which tab it is, to 3rd from 1st, with 3gt

If I disable vim airline, then with this function I get that functionality, but airline is overshadowing it, so it's useless with airline enabled.

screen shot:



vim: 9.0

vim-airline: 0.11

OS: Manjaro latest

airline configuration:

let g:airline_powerline_fonts = 1
let g:airline_extensions = ['tabline']
let g:airline_highlighting_cache = 1
let g:airline_theme='wombat'
let g:airline#extensions#tabline#enabled = 1           " enable airline tabline
let g:airline#extensions#tabline#show_close_button = 0 " remove 'X' at the end of the tabline
let g:airline#extensions#tabline#tab_min_count = 2     " minimum of 2 tabs needed to display the tabline
let g:airline#extensions#tabline#show_splits = 0       " disables the buffer name that displays on the right of the tabline
let g:airline#extensions#tabline#enabled = 1

terminal: xfce terminal 1.0.4

$TERM variable: xterm-256color

color configuration (:set t_Co?): t_Co=256

  • I suspect the number you are seeing is the number of splits.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Feb 26, 2023 at 14:10

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So, the solution is to include this in vimrc

let g:airline#extensions#tabline#tab_nr_type = 1 " tab number

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