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A tab page holds one or more windows. Questions about how to use and customize the behavior of Vim tabs.

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Limit buffer list to current tab

Is there a way to list the buffers specific to the tab that is open currently in vim or macvim?
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Why does :bd closes tabs instead of buffers?

I am using Neovide and I just don't understand. Maybe I am missing something about buffers? I just want to get rid of annoying empty buffers or old buffers that I don't use anymore. Only in the ...
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`gt` is not consistent with `gT` (and many other commands) when `{count}` is prepended

I know it's not a bug, since the help page explains it cleary, but is there any reason why gt is still kept different from the majority of commands that accept a {count} prepended? I mean, isn't it in ...
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Mapping doesn't work for tabs

I have several files opened in tabs in Vim. I want to switch between tabs, so I use Ctrl+left to move left (previous) and for next also. But my mapping doesn't work. :map <C-Left> :tabprevious&...
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How to achieve a vertical split with tabs on left?

I'm a newb trying to learn neovim. I'd like a layout where a tab window is on the left-hand side and the right hand side has a horizontal split with the terminal window in the bottom and various help ...
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Cannot switch tabs when in terminal tab

For using the terminal while working with Rust. I've added this config (NVIM) (TTerm one). if has('nvim') command Ter vsplit term://zsh command Tter tabe term://zsh else command Terminal ...
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NERDTree open new tab page as last one $tabmove

I usually open each buffer in a separate tab-page (using NERDTree as directory navigator) since I feel more confortable this way. But NERDTree always open new tab-page after the current one. Is there ...
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switch to tab if already opened

I'm not familiar with vim code. I tried to use vim as IDE, I setup NERDTree plugin.this is my problem: assume I opened 4 files as tabs. if I press t on opened file already on NERDTree plugin, the ...
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Focus previous tab/window when closing current

I tend to open multiple tabs in vim and multiple windows within a tab. I have a habit of traversing the code in a tree format - I open a tag in a new tab, so that my current view of the window ...
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NERDTree window change during tab switch

Currently, when using NERDTree, I hit Ctrl-ww to navigate to my NERDTree window from my editing window. Then, I navigate to a file I want to open, and hit t to open it in a new tab. Now, when I want ...
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How to return from tab page mode to the normal one?

Is it possible to close all tab pages and to stay back in "no tab page mode", without exiting?
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How to customize the name of each tab in Vim/NeoVim?

I have patched my own nerd-font and I want those cool icons for each file-type to be shown in the name of tab in Vim/NeoVim. I guess this can be done easily like I have customized my zsh command ...
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What do plugin-generated tab names mean?

I've long wondered if the cryptic tab names that some plugins generate have meaning. For example, fugitive's :Gstatus opens a new tab with the name f///h/r/g/r/.g//, and coc-fzf with g:...
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How can I get the active window in a tab?

For example, if I do: % vim file :tabedit one :split two I end up with two tabs, and one tab with two windows. How can I get the active window of the second tab? My goal is to get a list of all tabs ...
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How to change color of tabs in the tab-bar in gvim?

Here is what my tab-bar in GVim looks like: I'm having a hard time to identify which of the tabs is the active one. How can I configure the color of the tab-bar, for example I'd like to use a ...
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Open filename under cursor like gf, but in a new tab (or split)?

The normal mode command gf go to a file with the path the cursor currently is at. But it does so in the current window, replacing the current text. That means you need to navigate back explicitly ...
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Tab page is closing when deleting buffer

I'm using bufferline.nvim in order to display both buffers and tab pages on the tabline, whenever i delete a buffer with bd, all the buffers on that tab page are deleted as well, alongisde with the ...
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How do you open a new buffer in the current window?

I've got a few tabs open with different window setups. I'd like to open a new blank buffer in the current window, without having any more splits/windows or tabs Is there any way to do this? I know ...
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How to open a file in the last active gvim instance

I recently discovered -p and --remote-tab. Since I edit loads of files at the same time, sometimes with over 50 gvim instances open (and I am not a fan of buffers), I could use a bit of decluttering. ...
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Favor existing window of an active buffer when opening that file/buffer from a different window

I have a tab with the following window structure within: ________________________________ a | | x | ...
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Display left margin visually starting from specified nonzero column

I am beginning to use Vim for C++ development. Many of my lines are within deep for loops or if conditions that with indenting and wrapping disallowed gives a structure that looks like this. x here is ...
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Diff buffer with disk file -- understanding the output tab/windows

I use the solution provided here, reproduced below: function! s:DiffWithSaved() let filetype=&ft diffthis vnew | r # | normal! 1Gdd diffthis exe "setlocal bt=nofile bh=wipe nobl ...
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How do I make opening new tabs the default?

When I open vim with multiple files (vim f1 f2 ...), how can I make it open them in tabs directly, without using -p? I'm looking to separate out shell behaviour from vim behaviour, removing vim-based ...
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Modification of a tab's windows to specified format

I have the following structure of a tab in Vim. x marks the cursor position. (Note that I don't have control over how these windows are placed in the tab in the first place. It is the default debug ...
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How to bind a set of buffers to a tab?

When I need to work on different projects at the same time I have the folowing workflow: I create one tab for each project. In each tab I open the files that I want to edit, which makes several ...
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Open a file from a new blank tab in vim

If I've already opened a tab with: :tabe Is it possible to load the file in that tab? For example, to do something like: :o ~/.vimrc In other words, instead of doing :tabe ~/.vimrc, can I do that ...
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Move existing window to existing tab

Sometimes I need to move windows into an already existing tab, and I was wondering if there was a command/keyboard shortcut that could do this. I know I can close the window, switch to the tab, and ...
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Apply `:mkview` to all open tabs at exit from Vim

I use Vim from the CLI and use tabs rather than buffers (as I understand the terminology). I may or may not open multiple files using the -p option, but end up with a few tabs open at once. If I ...
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How can I drag a file onto MacVim and make it open in a new buffer instead of new tab?

I have MacVim 8.2.2576. When I drag a file onto it from the Finder it opens in a new tab. I have seen the :help drag-n-drop but I did not see any option as I prefer. Is there any ways to configure ...
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Open vim with vsp and tabs on startup

I want the following configuration: Tab1: file 1 || file 2 Tab2: file 1 || file 3 I can open vsp with vim using vim -O file1 file2 I can open tabs with vim using vim -p file1 file2 Can I combine the ...
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How to expand the splitted window using short key?

I have two vertically splited windows. I see from Ctrl+W s not splitting windows in Vim that Ctrl-W-| should resize the window. But it does not. Actually, nothing happens. If I manually resize the ...
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`:tab drop` in not supported in terminal

I use fzf to find/open files, but it always creates a new tab or replaces the current buffer. I want instead to use :tab drop <filename> but I get E319: Sorry, the command is not available in ...
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Empty first tab lost when using sessions

I'm creating a session with mksession, and when I restore the session, if the first tab was empty ([No Name]), it's gone in the restored session. Other empty tabs are restored fine; it seems to only ...
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What can I do with more tabs than fit in one (airline) tab-line?

I use airline to manage my status-line and tab-line. This worked great until I started to code for an MVC project that has way too many modules and files going on. I now have tabs coming out my ears. ...
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How can I modify OpenMultipleTabs so that I can open buffers for new files?

When searching for a command to enable me to open multiple tabs in normal mode, I found a custom command to do this: " Open multiple tabs at once fun! OpenMultipleTabs(pattern_list) for p in a:...
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Add a blank line between tabline and first line of text?

Screenshot of my vim: I want to add a line between my tabline and the first line of the text. How can I do that?
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:tabonly does not close all unmodified tabs if there is a modified tab in the way

Create some test files, touch a b c d and open each in a tab, vim -p a b c d Modify file b. Go to tab c and issue :tabonly. Expected behavior: a and d tabs are closed. b is not closed because it is ...
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Cycling between tabs and buffers

I want to set up some mapping that: if there are multiple open tabs, then goes to the next tab, like :gt otherwise it cycles through the open buffers, like :bn How do I go about doing this?
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automatically open TagBar

I set Tagbar automatically open when a new file in vim, it is ok and fine. but if open a new file as a tab in opened vim, Tagbar would not be opened, how to tell vim to keep open Tagbar open with a ...
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Open some files in split and some other in tab at the vim invocation

I have four files file1, file2, file3, & file4. So I want to open them with vim directly from command line and get the following structure: Tabulation 1: file1 taking whole tab Tabulation 2: ...
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What is the X that appears on the top right corner when multiple tabs are open?

What is that X on the corner? What is it for and what does it do? I opened Vim with vim -p tab1 tab2 on Windows 10 and in WLS with Ubuntu and they both have it.
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select font for tab headers in gvim

I wonder whether there is a way in gvim to select the font used for buffer names in tab headings (after using :tabnew). I know the guifont option, but this applies to the buffer editing area. ...
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How to create a new tab or window from a buffer?

I have several open buffers and want to open a buffer in :ls in a new tab or window. I have found a way to do accomplish this, either by first executing tabnew or C-w v and then selecting the buffer ...
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Why are split and tab navigations distinct?

Known: <Ctrl>w then any of hjkl. Known: :tab_<CR> where _ is either rlpn. Why is there not a <Ctrl> navigation for tabs nor a : for splits? Why do the navigation commands differ ...
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How do I make the h key go to prev tab if at start of file?

And, to get back again: how do I make the l key go to next tab, if at end of file? I'd also like to make hh go to previous buffer, and ll go to next buffer. I know that'll add a delay to recognising ...
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How do I run gVim in a single instance per desktop workspace on linux?

I like running gVim in a single instance, i.e. a single gui window with separate tabs for each file I'm editing. I also run a linux desktop environment that has multiple desktop workspaces. E.g. ...
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How to keep lcd from affecting other windows?

I usually have one tab containing the code I am working on, and another containing vimwiki. I mostly use neovim. For the code I prefer the working directory sticking to the project root. For vimwiki ...
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How do I open a shell in only one tab in Vim?

I usually work on tabs in Vim, and on many occasions, I end up requiring a shell to do run some command, etc. (Escape -> :!sh). Is there any way I can open the shell in only one tab in Vim? I would ...
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How to close all tabs with windows and terminals so I can quit

I have multiple tab pages. Some tab pages only have open files, some only have :terminals open, and some have a mix of files and terminals. At the end of the day, I want to quit Vim. Normally, I go ...
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Is there a way to use a wildcard with :tabnew

I often find myself wanting to open multiple tabs at the same time from within vim. I would like something like this: :tabnew src/Class.* which would open all matching files in separate tabs. Is ...