Folding is the code editor’s ability to let you hide/show some parts of the text, allowing you to focus on something specific and navigate thru your code structure with more ease.
Vim folding can be set up to group text (fold) based on different concepts:
fold-syntax option, and applying some configurations.
How to Set Up:
.vimrc file and add the following lines:
With the above configuration you’re:
- Setting up fold indication on the left side of your window, it helps you identify fold’s status and level.
- Telling vim to keep all folds opened when you start the file.
(To know more about the options for each one of these settings, type
:h <setting name>).
How to use it:
The actions are based on the command
z associated with the action option:
zc— close the fold (where your cursor is positioned)
zM—close all folds on current buffer
zo— open the fold (where your cursor is positioned)
zR— open all folds on current buffer
zj— cursor is moved to next fold
zk— cursor is moved to previous fold
On the left side of the window, you can see whenver a fold is opened/closed and it’s folding level.
Useful links & references:
- Vim Documentation (
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