2

Pretty frequently while I'm using vim, I'll run into something like this. I want to edit a specific .txt file, that is under ~/Documents/myProj, but I don't remember the name of the file. So I will do something like this:

:e ~/Documents/myProj/<tab><tab><tab><tab>...

until the file I recognize comes up. This is OK-ish, but it can sometimes be inconvenient when I have a lot of other files with different extensions, or even subdirectories in the same directory. Is there any way I could do something like:

:e ~/Documents/myProj/*.txt<tab><tab><tab><tab>...

and only have vim suggest the files that match the .txt extension?

5

What you describe is exactly how Vim behaves.

:e ~/Documents/myProj/*.txt<tab><tab><tab><tab>...

You may want to turn on 'wildmenu' in your vimrc so you can see the list or use <c-d>.

set wildmenu

For more help see:

:h 'wildmenu'
:h c_CTRL-D
:h cmdline-completion
  • Huh. Well now I feel really silly. That's what I get for asking a question before I try it out myself. And wildmenu is super useful too. – DJMcMayhem Oct 13 '16 at 17:26

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.