I emphasize using buffers over tabs in VIM.
Buffers are the ideomatic way of using VIM. You can read more about that here: Vim Tab Madness. Buffers vs Tabs.
I customized my settings with some features, which I copied from Josh Davis’s post above:
" This allows buffers to be hidden if you've modified a buffer. " This is almost a must if you wish to use buffers in this way. set hidden " Close the current buffer and move to the previous one " This replicates the idea of closing a tab nnoremap <leader>bq :<c-u>bp <bar> bd #<cr> " Show all open buffers and their status nnoremap <leader>bl :ls<cr>
I also use Tim Pope’s vim-unimpaired. You can use
]b to jump to the previous or next buffer.
To open up a new buffer, I use
:e and append the file path, for example:
After a while, I have a lot of open buffers. I can close them manually with
<leader>bq (as per custom key binding).
But what if I want to close all buffers except the current one?
There are two solutions:
- Create a custom command
command Bd :up | %bd | e#
This updates the current buffer (saves changes), then closes all open buffers, and reopens the last buffer.
Use the command by typing
:Bd into the VIM console.
- Make a custom key binding
I prefer to have a custom key binding.
<leader>bq already closes the current buffer (see above), so
<leader> bd should close all buffers except the current one.
nnoremap <leader>bd :<c-u>up <bar> %bd <bar> e#<cr>
This runs the same command as above but as a key binding.