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Multiple Windows, Buffers, and Tabs

You can split the current screen into two parts where both both buffers show the same document, just by issuing :split (:sp). The screen will be divided into an upper and lower half; this is useful for looking at multiple parts of a document simultaneously. It's just as easy though to divide the window into left and right halves, with :vsplit (:vspl). Change between views with control-w w and close every other view but the current one by issuing control-w o. Note that if you ever use the help system, the window splits, and you will need to `quit' the help system by issuing :q to get back to your document; of course you can leave the help window open, issue control-w w to go to the other view, and return to editing your document.

Randall Wood 2009-08-04