Resize splits more quickly

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created April 26, 2006 · complexity basic · author Robert & Bill · version 7.0


This tip is about how to resize Windows efficiently.

You can use the :resize command or its shortcut :res to change the height of the window. To change the height to 60 rows, use:

:resize 60

You can also change the height in increments. To change the height by increments of 5, use:

:res +5
:res -5


You can use :vertical resize to change the width of the current window. To change the width to 80 columns, use:

:vertical resize 80

You can also change the width in increments. To change the width by increments of 5, use:

:vertical resize +5
:vertical resize -5


For a split window: You can use Ctrl-w + and Ctrl-w - to resize the height of the current window by a single row. For a vsplit window: You can use Ctrl-w > and Ctrl-w < to resize the width of the current window by a single column. Additionally, these key combinations accept a count prefix so that you can change the window size in larger steps. [e.g. 10 Ctrl-w + increases the window size by 10 lines]

To resize all windows to equal dimensions based on their splits, you can use Ctrl-w =.

To increase a window to its maximum size, use Ctrl-w _.

To resize in different steps, you can create maps that will adjust the window size differently. For example to increase the window size by a factor of 1.5 and decrease the window size by 0.67, you can map this:

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


In Gvim and vim in terminals with mouse support, it is also possible to use the mouse to resize a window. Simply grab the statusline at the window border and drag it into the desired direction.

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The following plugins allow to define submodes, that make it possible to use e.g. Ctrl-W + to increase the window size and keep on increasing as long as you keep '+' pressed:

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