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Avoid scrolling when switch buffers

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created 2006 · complexity intermediate · author Yakov Lerner · version 7.0

When switching buffers using the Ctrl-^ and :bp commands, Vim will keep the cursor on the line number where it was before switching the buffer but it might change the position of the current line relative to the screen. For example, the cursor may be in line 1234 of the file, with that line at the top of the screen. The user may switch to another buffer, then switch back (:bn :bp), and find that the current line has been repositioned to the middle of the screen.

If the line number is restored correctly, but the shift in screen view is bothersome, add the following autocommands to the .vimrc file to restore the screen view correctly:

" When switching buffers, preserve window view.
if v:version >= 700
  au BufLeave * let b:winview = winsaveview()
  au BufEnter * if exists('b:winview') | call winrestview(b:winview) | endif

Alternatively a user can :set scrolloff=999 which keeps the current line vertically centered.

See also


Need a way to turn this off when viewing a diff. When scrolling through a diff showing two similar files side-by-side, it is convenient to jump to the other window by typing Ctrl-W w (or by clicking with the mouse). When this tip is in effect, both of these techniques result in a very irritating vertical scroll of the two windows. JohnBeckett 23:35, May 30, 2011 (UTC)

This tip results in a display bug that hasn't been patched yet, and there's no mention of a vimscript workaround. - Sep 21, 2012

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