I'm having some trouble reading vim's documentation on the terminal because I can't follow the links that are given.

I quote:

Jump to a subject: Position the cursor on a tag (e.g. |bars|) and hit CTRL-].

The problem is that i'm using a spanish keyboard where the "+" and the "]" are on the same button so when I hit CTRL-], I make a zoom.

Can I map the CTRL-] to any other keys somehow or is there any other option?

  • Did you try anything? E.g. nnoremap <leader>h <c-]>
    – VanLaser
    Oct 28, 2015 at 20:13
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    I use the following mapping: nnoremap <buffer> <cr> <c-]> in ~/.vim/after/ftplugin/help.vim. Oct 28, 2015 at 21:25
  • I've placed the mappings in my ~/.vimrc file and it still doesn't work
    – Wylex
    Oct 29, 2015 at 12:42
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    Maybe CTRL-Shift-]?
    – blm
    Oct 29, 2015 at 16:52
  • It works fine. Thanks, I can jump now from tag to tag easily. @blm
    – Wylex
    Oct 29, 2015 at 17:39

3 Answers 3


One option (if you don't mind a bit of typing) is to type :tag tagname and press enter. This is exactly equivalent to Ctrl-] according to :help CTRL-].

If you use this, please note that you can use tab completion just as when typing :help topic commands, and you can use Ctrl-D to list the possible autocompletions of what you've typed so far.

I admit this isn't much of an alternative, but it's worth knowing.


Another option is using clicking on the tag, if set mouse=a is on.

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    It does work but I'd prefer not having to use the mouse.
    – Wylex
    Oct 29, 2015 at 12:38

For those having french AZERTY keyboard, try

CTRL + $ ($,£,¤ key)

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    > For those having french AZERTY keyboard, try > CTRL + $ ($,£,¤ key) How come??
    – Abd
    Jun 16, 2019 at 21:16
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    @Abd I think he refers to the position where ] is located on a QWERTY keyboard.
    – herve
    Apr 14, 2023 at 9:34
  • Yes this is the real reason ! At the time I remember trying random combinations on my keyboard to find this... Apr 14, 2023 at 15:22
  • For me on an AZERTY Apple keyboard, the $ and £/backtick keys are different. CTRL+$ did nothing, but CTRL+£ was the winner. Thanks for this, I never understood why the default shortcut was not working and how to get around this. Jul 9, 2023 at 10:13

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