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Customizing vim

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You can set additional options in vim to make your programming life easier. You can add these options to .vimrc in your home folder so that they are loaded every time you start vim.

vim ~/.vimrc

set autoindent
set smartindent
set tabstop=4
set shiftwidth=4
syntax on
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To know what each option does,  just type:

:help <option>

For example to know about autoindent, type:

:help autoindent


By default, gvim uses courier font. To set your own font, create a file .gvimrc in your home and add set guifont option:

vim ~/.gvimrc

set guifont=Bitstream\ Vera\ Sans\ Mono\ 9

Another useful option is to set the window size:

set lines=100 columns=130

Note that gvim reads options from .vimrc as well. But vim will not read options from .gvimrc

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Written by anonir

October 26, 2009 at 18:04

Posted in Linux

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