Vim has many tools for editing large text files. Some examples below.
These commands can be used directly in vim, or bound to a key within a custom
Search / Replace
To search and replace text within an active vim session
Split Windows in Vim
Run the commands below to split windows while within a Vim session -
:split /path/to/file # To split horizontally :vsplit /path/to/file # To split vertically OR :sp /path/to/file # To split horizontally :vs /path/to/file # To split vertically :open /path/to/file # To open a file within the active tab :retab # To resize tabs in this session to your .vimrc configuration # Split horizontal windows from bash vim -o file.txt file2.txt file3.txt # Split vertical windows from bash vim -O file.txt file2.txt file3.txt # Tabbed windows from bash vim -p file.txt file2.txt file3.txt
Ctrl-w <Arrow Keys> or
Ctrl-w <h j k l> to move between split windows.
Ctrl-w w to move to the next window,
Ctrl-w W to move to the previous.
Ctrl-w s to split active window horizontally,
Ctrl-w v to split active window vertically.
:clo to close the active window.
Close all other windows with
Ctrl-w PgUp and
Ctrl-w PgDwn to move between tabs within vim
Visual Block Mode
Inserting text at the beginning of multiple lines
press Esc (to leave editing or other mode) hit ctrl + v (visual block mode) use the up/down arrow keys to select lines you want (it won't highlight everything - it's OK!) Shift + i (capital I) insert the text you want, i.e. % press Esc Esc.
less .viminfo to view recent history in vim. could possibly recover lost files / information if needed.
.vimdirectory under your home directory is used by Vim as the first place to search for vim scripts after starting up.
It's fine to add your own files, in fact a lot of plugins or plugin managers already do under their own subdirectory. Just be careful not to name your files or subdirectories anything that is already used by Vim. Take a look at the 'runtimepath' documentation for a list.