Tab Feature in Vim

Vim is one of the simplest looking but most powerful editor I have seen. So thought of listing a few interesting one that I came across.
Tab Opening of Files.
Vi tab screenshot
There are two methods of starting files in tabs.

  1. By opening vi the files you want to open: This is done by using the command
     vi -p <file 1> <file 2> ...<file n>
  2. By opening a file inside vi : This is done by going to command mode in vi and using the command
     :tabnew <filename>

    . The file name here is not essential. If not provided it opens a blank tab where you can open any file needed.

You can switch between tabs using the command

:tabn {count} - Next Tab


 :tabp {count} -Previous Tab 

where count can specify how many tabs to switch.
Closing of a Tab can be done by the command


There are much more commands in tab which does some specific tasks. So try these out and if necessary check out the vim manual.

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  1. #1 by Nikhil Singh on January 25, 2010 - 10:46 am

    I have made a few settings in my vimrc that allows me to easily change between tabs.

    ” Ctrl + F11 to go to the previous tab
    imap :tabprev
    map :tabprev

    ” Ctrl + F12 to go to the next tab
    imap :tabnext
    map :tabnext

    Let me know if it’s helpful

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