I am currently editing one file and, after finishing its edit, I want to close the current file and at the same time (i.e., without closing Vim) open another file for editing.

How it can be achieved?

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    Use :e filename (or :we filename if you also want to write the previous file) ? (Or maybe I'm misunderstanding you)
    – Feffe
    Jun 6, 2016 at 15:58
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    I don't think that it will close previous file. It will be in buffer. :buffers will show you.
    – WitVault
    Jun 6, 2016 at 15:59
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    You're probably right. Would this help you ? stackoverflow.com/questions/1269648/…
    – Feffe
    Jun 6, 2016 at 16:02
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    You can simply use :bd to close the current buffer and :e filename to open a new one.
    – statox
    Jun 6, 2016 at 16:05
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    Is the file being open in a buffer important? I mean, you CAN wipe the buffer, but it will get wiped when you close vim.
    – Tumbler41
    Jun 6, 2016 at 16:06

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I don't think this can be done using a single command. You'll have to use a combination of commands:

  1. As statox suggested, delete the current buffer and open a new one:

    :bd | e filename
  2. Or rename the current file and edit it:

    :file filename | e

Use :w | bd | e filename or :w | file filename | e to save the current file and start on a new one.

You can, of course, use maps or custom commands to simplify this:

:command -nargs=+ WE w | bd | e <args>

Then do:

:WE new-filename

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