Is there a proper way to exit nterm ?

My current solution is to enter from nterm to the terminal with i and then c-d.

  • Do you still have something open in your question? Otherwise may be could you accept one of the answers using the v button next to the arrow voting buttons. It allow the question to rest :-) and let others know that the answer is worth reading ;-) Feb 2 at 6:07
  • Yes, of curse. I just wasn't sure because of the <c-s-q> Mapping... Thx, for the help :D Feb 3 at 16:33
  • Thanks for the feedback :-) Feb 3 at 16:38

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If you are in Normal mode you can do :q or simply ZZ as for a normal window.

If you are in Terminal mode you can switch to Normal mode with Ctrl \Ctrl n and then :q or ZZ

To simplify that you can add a Terminal mapping to Ctrl q:

tnoremap <C-q> <C-\><C-n>

Or in Lua:

vim.api.nvim_set_keymap("t", "<C-q>", "<C-\\><C-n>", {noremap = true})

You can combine both in one:

tnoremap <C-S-q> <C-\><C-n>ZZ

Or in Lua:

vim.api.nvim_set_keymap("t", "<C-S-q>", "<C-\\><C-n>ZZ", {noremap = true})

Vim/Neovim quit when the last window is closed.

A solution is then to:

  • Switch back to the terminal window
  • Close the terminal buffer
tnoremap <C-q> <C-\><C-n>:bd!<CR>

Or in Lua:

vim.api.nvim_set_keymap("t", "<C-q>", "<C-\\><C-n>:bd!<CR>", {noremap = true})
  • Thx, for the shortcuts :D I had a problem with <C-\> should i escape it ? I really would like to go from nterm/:term to normal mode without closing vim... And it seems that they are all closing vim... Jan 31 at 11:03
  • When you are closing the last window Vim close. To avoid that you have to create another window before closing the one with the terminal. The new <C-S-q> mapping in terminal mode does that (leave Terminal mode, create a new window, close the terminal window) Jan 31 at 12:26
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    You need to escape the \ if you write your mapping in Lua. I believe the answer to your question the terminal buffer is not a normal editing buffer. You can't switch it to a "normal" buffer. Jan 31 at 14:01
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    Thats what i ment with :q When i open nvim with no filename , write some text, make a new buffer which is empty, then i write :q, it will close new generated Buffer. Now I'm Back where i started "1st" buffer. Now when generate a new buffer, write text, save file with filename and now i press :q it will NOT close current Buffer and go to "1st" Buffer. When i now save this buffer with filename then press :q it will quit all Buffers... But if you open nvim go straigth to a terminal session make new Buffer then press :q it quits all. These are all different behaviours. That's what confused me. Jan 31 at 21:14
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    I have found a simpler way to get closer to the <C-d><space> experience. I have updated the solution accordingly :-) Let me know if it solves your problem ;-) Feb 1 at 7:29

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