Jumping to previously visited locations
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created 2001 · complexity basic · author Yegappan · version 6.0
Vim remembers the locations you have recently visited (where you jumped from). Each position (file name, column number, line number) is recorded in a jump list, and each window has a separate jump list that records the last 100 positions where a jump occurred.
The commands that are regarded as "jumps" include searching, substitute and marks. Scrolling through a file is not regarded as jumping.
The jump list is saved between edits (provided the
'viminfo' option has the
' parameter), so you can see where jumps occurred from previous editing sessions. :help 'viminfo'
 Using a jump list
Like a web browser, you can go back, then forward:
- Press Ctrl-O to jump back to the previous (older) location.
- Press Ctrl-I (same as Tab) to jump forward to the next (newer) location.
Display the jump list for the current window with:
Your current location in the jump list is indicated with '
>', and the first number in each row is a count that can be used to jump to that position. For example, after pressing Ctrl-O three times, the
:jumps command may show something like this:
jump line col file/text 4 102 0 somefile.txt 3 93 0 -invalid- 2 23 0 the current line 23 is shown here 1 89 34 the current line 89 is shown here > 0 22 40 Display the jump list for the current window with: 1 39 0 the current line 39 is shown here 2 995 0 anotherfile.txt 3 53 102 the current line 53 is shown here
Given the above, you could press:
- Ctrl-I to jump to line 39 in the current buffer.
- Ctrl-O to jump to line 89 in the current buffer.
4then Ctrl-O to jump to line 102 in file
3then Ctrl-I to jump to line 53 in the current buffer.
In the example above:
- The last line was added to the jump list when the first Ctrl-O was pressed (so you can return to the initial position: line 53, column 102).
- Line 93 in the current buffer no longer exists (the jump location is invalid).
 See also
- Using marks to manually record marks that you can return to
- List changes to the current file the change list records where changes occurred
You can also use
g, to move backward and forward in your edit locations.
One thing that may not be imediately evident is that this works only line-wise. You can't have more tham one jump per-line. If you use any of the jump generator commands inside the line, only one jump is saved.