I would like to disable the Alt-h key combination that brings up the horizontal terminal in Neovim.

I see the original mapping in ~/.config/nvim/lua/core/mappings.lua:

    ["<A-h>"] = {                                      
        require("nvterm.terminal").toggle "horizontal" 
      "Toggle horizontal term",                        

This mapping is for normal mode (n).

I'm looking to add an override in .config/nvim/lua/custom/init.lua.

I've tried all sorts of approaches, using unmap, vim.api.nvim_set_keymap, map <Esc-h> <Nop>, and more, but I can't find something that works apart from commenting out the original code, which is not a good solution.

Any pointers appreciated.

Note - I have NVChad installed, if this has any impact.

  • 1
    Is it <Esc>-h or <Alt>-h? Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 10:24
  • 1
    @VivianDeSmedt depending on the terminal, they might be equivalent.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 14:01
  • Is uninstalling nvchad an acceptable solution? I assume that’s where the original code came from?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 14:02
  • vim.api.nvim_del_keymap('n', '<A-h>')?
    – rofrol
    Commented May 28 at 13:40

1 Answer 1


I would suggest you to add the following lines to:


-- more keybinds!
M.custom = {
  n = {
    ["<A-h>"] = {"<Nop>", ""}
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    Perfect! Thanks. It's obvious now, and the best approach as far as I can see, consistent with the way the mapping is done in the first place. Cheers.
    – Alex D.
    Commented Nov 9, 2023 at 10:15
  • Thanks for the feedback :-). If the solution fit your need maybe you can accept the answer using the v button next to the arrow voting buttons. It allow the question to rest. Commented Nov 9, 2023 at 10:19
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    Sorry, I don’t have enough credits yet to do that.
    – Alex D.
    Commented May 30 at 7:28
  • You did :-) You don't need any credit to accept an answer to your own question :-) Commented May 30 at 7:45
  • Upvote != Accept :-/ Cheers.
    – Alex D.
    Commented Jun 10 at 7:05

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