I tried to bind the following to insert a line after the line I'm currently on. Here it is:

nnoremap <CR> o<ESC>k

But this works weird. After inserting a new line cursor is at the beginning of the line I was on.

Is there a way to insert a new line in normal mode and stay at the same position?

  • You can try :nnoremap <CR> o. This will add a newline and stay there itself
    – SibiCoder
    Sep 28, 2016 at 6:20
  • I was going to suggest using unimpaired but sadly its [ Space and ] Space mappings suffer from the same problem you describe. Oct 2, 2016 at 9:07

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That's odd, I was quite sure to have already answered this question twice. It may have been on SO...

Anyway. Use append(). It won't move the cursor or alter more registers than necessary.

" This also supports counts. Try 3<cr>
:nnoremap <buffer> <cr> :<C-U>call append('.', repeat([''],v:count1))<cr>
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    I don't have time to search for the questions now but I do share your feeling of déjà vu.
    – statox
    Sep 28, 2016 at 12:21
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    It does support count, but does not work as expected. When counting e.g. 3<CR> it moves the cursor 2 lines down. Is there a way to fix that? Sep 28, 2016 at 21:47
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    @user3663882. Good catch. Here is a version that correctly supports repeat: :nnoremap <buffer> <cr> :<C-U>call append('.', repeat([''],v:count1))<cr> Sep 29, 2016 at 8:20
  • Can this be modified to insert a newline above the current line?
    – alxndr
    Jan 27, 2017 at 22:00
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    @alxndr Of course. Use line('.')-1 instead of '.' as the first parameter of append() Jan 27, 2017 at 22:08

Almost every time you move your cursor, the previous location is added to "the jumplist". Using <C-o> will move you back to the previous location in the jump list. From :h CTRL-o

CTRL-O          Go to [count] Older cursor position in jump list
            (not a motion command).
            {not in Vi}
            {not available without the |+jumplist| feature}

However, binding to

nnoremap <CR> o<ESC><C-o>

Does not work because o is one of the movements that doesn't add the previous location. To manually add the current location, type m`. From :h m`

                        *m'* *m`*
m'  or  m`      Set the previous context mark.  This can be jumped to
            with the "''" or "``" command (does not move the
            cursor, this is not a motion command).

So the end mapping would be

nnoremap <CR> m`o<ESC><C-o>

Actually, we can make this mapping even better! We can make it accept a count.

nnoremap <expr> <cr> "m`".v:count1."o\<esc>\<C-o>"

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