Questions tagged [help-system]

Questions about Vim's built-in help system, which is accessible through the :help command

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How do I navigate to topics in Vim's documentation?

In Vim's built-in help system, how do I… search for topics that I want help on? follow hyperlinks? browse around for related material?
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How can a complete beginner learn Vim using just Vim itself?

As a complete beginner with no vi experience, how can I learn to use Vim using just Vim itself? Is there a built-in tutorial, and how can I access it? Assume I have a laptop with Linux and Vim ...
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Learning Vim after vimtutor

What should the next steps to learning Vim be, after completing vimtutor? I've watched videos on YouTube, read tutorials online and questions/answers on SE, and am busy reading Practical Vim. Are ...
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How can I make Vim open help in a vertical split?

I usually work in a drop-down terminal, running about 25 characters high. Since I prefer tabs to windows1, usually a lot of horizontal space is wasted - around half of the terminal width. On top of ...
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Shadowed terms in help

Occasionally, when I'm searching the help system for a particular topic, it will be shadowed by a different topic. For example, if I do :h display I get help for something involving "GUI Resources", ...
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How do I generate Vim documentation from Markdown notes or inline comments, or are there better ways to add documentation?

This is kind of two questions in one. Lately I've been spending a lot of time learning vimscript in-depth, learning vim's internals & taking my first steps writing vim plugins. During this process,...
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How to search the help docs from a command prompt

I find my self often, especially after this site was created, opening vim just to type :h ... or :helpgrep .... What I would like to do is to run vim and immediately open the help topic that I want. ...
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How to “full screen” browse Vim help?

I know I can browse Vim help with :help, but this opens a split. Sometimes, I just like to study documentation. How read documentation in a "full screen" mode?
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Jump to next identifier in Vim help files

I regularly find myself in the situation that I am reading a help topic and see an identifier (the blue underlined words) that I want to follow with <C-]>. However, most of the time the ...
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Where are the French help files?

Background: I'm an english-speaking, francophone student. In an effort to improve my vocabulary, my MacBook has been running in French since January, when I arrived in France. Incidentally, this means ...
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`:help` returns an “E432: Tags file not sorted” error

I am attempting to use to the :help command in Neovim however the following error is returned: E432: Tags file not sorted: /Users/seeker/.config/nvim/plugged/nerdtree/doc/tags E432: Tags file not ...
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CTRL-] keys not working with very specific tags

So, I'm trying to use vim's help tags in my notes files, so that i can easily reach them (without using ex command or making a new keymapping). For that, i used: set tags=$VIMRUNTIME/doc/tags to set ...