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Resize splits more quickly

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created April 26, 2006 · complexity basic · author Robert · version 6.0

You know that you can use "<c-w> +" and "<c-w> -" to resize a split window, but did you know you can repeat the resize commands (e.g. "10<c-w>+" will increase the window size by 10).

While this is a basic tip, I sometimes need to split windows in terminals and ended up killing my fingers while resizing them until I realized that the command could be repeated.

Other resizing tips are at VimTip427.


Here are some other suggestions. Increasing a window size by a factor of 1.5 and decreasing by a factor of 0.67 seems to work well for me.

nnoremap <silent><Leader>= :<C-u>exe "norm! z".(line("$")<=winheight(0)?line("$")+&so:(winheight(0)+&so+1)*3/2)."\<lt>CR>"<CR>
nnoremap <silent><Leader>- :<C-u>exe "norm! z".(winheight(0)*2/3)."\<lt>CR>"<CR>
nnoremap <Leader>_ <C-w>_
nnoremap <Leader><Bar> <C-w><Bar>

You can also use the :resize command for this, e.g:

:res +10
:res -10
:res 20

WinWalker has resizing as well as a lot of other stuff. I just uploaded another version. It's only for Vim 7, though.

I have reduced these mappings to (in my opinion the most compact form):

nnoremap <silent> + :exe "resize " . (winheight(0) * 3/2)<CR>
nnoremap <silent> - :exe "resize " . (winheight(0) * 2/3)<CR>

You can also drag the split with the mouse to where you want it. Just grab ahold of the statusline that makes the split, and drag. I know this works at under Windows, both in GUI and in non-GUI.

It also works under Unix. I also like to use the "<c-w> =" to make all windows same size (once I've resized 10 subwindows and got lost on the original one I'm working on). "<c-w> _" (underscore) is very powerfull too, to maximize one subwindow

I have happily created submodes for various window commands with this plugin It has some drawbacks that the submode name length is limited, you can't use spaces, but it makes resizing easier.

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