You're lazy. Let Vim decide your split directions.
Yeah, you're aware of
vnew and the like. You
use them because you have to, but you know there must be a better way.
This is it.
Vim, given it's old pedigree, tacitly assumes a standard terminal width of around 80 characters. In this environment it makes sense for Vim to assume any command that divides the current window should divide horizonally. But our monitors are often capable of more than twice the width of an old terminal, so this doesn't make sense any more.
One sensible option, which this plugin adopts, is to make a best-guess
at the width of the text displayed in the current window (see
'textwidth'). Then operations should default to vertical if there is
enough horizonal room to display two splits side-by-side.
This plugin provides
to replace their lower-case counterparts. It also sets
split in either a horizontal or vertical direction, again depending on
the horizontal space available.
It's 2019, and the only sensible option for package management in Vim's
built-in manager. If you've never used it before, here's the summary
cd .vim mkdir -p pack/foo/start cd pack/foo/start git clone https://git.danielmoch.com/vim-smartsplit.git
If you're stuck on an old version of Vim without support for packages, then I recommend using Pathogen to fill the gap, in which case the installation is the same.
There aren't any tricks here. Just use
:New instead of their lower-case counterparts.
This plugin is made available under the same license as Vim itself.
This plugin will never do anything more fancy than it already does, but
the current maintainer is prone to stupid mistakes, so if you find any
bugs feel free to submit patches via email to the address listed in
If you're unfamiliar with the Git email workflow, I recommend git-send-mail.io as a good place to learn the basics.