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created September 29, 2006 · complexity basic · author mchenryk · version 7.0


Add the following lines to your vimrc:

map <C-t> :tabnew<CR>
map <C-left> :tabp<CR>
map<C-right> :tabn<CR>

Then in gvim you have the following commands:

  • Ctrl-t – open a new tab
  • Ctrl-left arrow – move one tab to the left
  • Ctrl-right arrow – move one tab to the right

Basic Navigation

:tabs         list all tabs
:tabm 0       move the current tab first
:tabm {i}     move the current tab to the i+1 position
:tabn         move to (view) the next tab
:tabp         move to (view) the previous tab
:tabfirst     move to the first tab
:tabf {file}  open a new tab with the filename given, searching the 'path' to find it
:tabc         close the current tab
:tabc {i}     close the i-th tab
:tabo         close other tabs

For basic tab navigation, it is probably more convenient to use the built-in normal-mode commands:

gt            move to (view) the next tab
gT            move to (view) the previous tab
{i}gt         move to (view) the tab in the i-th position

Comments

 TO DO 

  • No point having a tip change the default keybindings for :tabn and :tabp. Explain the defaults.
  • Merge in any useful comments from below.
  • Perhaps rename to "Using tab pages" (a simpler title that attempts to avoid confusion with the tab key).

Does not work in [ax]term.


Or you could use gt and gT without having to move your hands across the keyboard. Also, gt can take the tab number to jump directly to a tab.


I use Vim in Windows, so remapping C-Left isn't great for me. These are the mappings I use:

" Tab mappings
map <S-Up> :tabclose<CR>
map <S-Down> :tabnew<CR>
map <S-Left> gT
map <S-Right> gt
map <S-PageUp> :tabfirst<CR>
map <S-PageDown> :tablast<CR>

I used down for a new tab because I'm used to that from Opera's mouse gestures.


I prefer gt and gT. In any case <C-PgUp> and <C-PgDn> are the defaults for the same operations.

Just opening a new tab is kind of useless. I find :tabe <filename> more useful.


Instead of :tabe filename, I like :tabf filename, because it walks the path to find the name, instead of relying on an required explicit path/filename.


If you are working with tags or cscope, <Ctrl-T> is for popping the stack.


I think this can be condensed to:

:tab sp<CR>

Alternative way to move current window to a new tab is: <Ctrl-w> T (capital).


When you use :tab ball - it makes out of all buffers a tab.


Rough merge in from tip 1313 (now removed)

"show tabs/ hide tabs / naviguate through tabs
"tab labels show the filename without path(tail)
:set guitablabel=%t

"variable
:let g:toggleTabs = 0

"when pressing F3, open all buffer in tabs / close all tabs
map <silent><F3> :if g:toggleTabs == 1<CR>:tabo<CR>:set lines+=3<CR>:let g:toggleTabs = 0<CR>:else<CR>:set lines-=3<CR>:tab ball<CR>:let g:toggleTabs = 1<CR>:endif<CR>

" tab navigation (next tab or next buffer) (firefox style)
map <silent><C-tab> :if g:toggleTabs == 1<CR>:tabnext<CR>:else<CR>:bn<CR>:endif<CR>
map <silent><C-S-tab> :if g:toggleTabs == 1<CR>:tabprevious<CR>:else<CR>:bp<CR>:endif<CR>

"Show tabs by pressing alt down, hide tabs by pressing alt up
map <A-Up> :tabo<CR>:set lines+=3<CR>:let g:toggleTabs = 0<CR>
map <A-Down> :set lines-=3<CR>:tab ball<CR>:let g:toggleTabs = 1<CR>

" tab navigation (next tab or next buffer) with alt left / alt right
map <silent><A-Right> :if g:toggleTabs == 1<CR>:tabnext<CR>:else<CR>:bn<CR>:endif<CR>
map <silent><A-Left> :if g:toggleTabs == 1<CR>:tabprevious<CR>:else<CR>:bp<CR>:endif<CR>
Comments

This is a little better for the tab label:

:set guitablabel=%N/\ %t\ %M

It will show the buffer number, the filename, and if the file as been modified.


Use the :tab ball command to display one tab per buffer.

Or start gvim with the -p option, for example: gvim -p *.txt

The +3 -3 in the tip is from VimTip259 (pretty cool tip btw) but I am not sure it is useful.


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