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137336Re: How can I open help in the current window?

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  • Ben Fritz
    Apr 23, 2013
      On Tuesday, April 23, 2013 10:30:59 AM UTC-5, Thiago de Arruda wrote:
      > On 04/23, Tony Mechelynck wrote:
      >
      > >
      >
      > > So you can always open help for subject foobar in the current window
      >
      > > by doing
      >
      > >
      >
      > > :view $VIMRUNTIME/doc/help.txt | help foobar
      >
      > >
      >
      >
      >
      > This isn't working for me, while the help doc is opened, the topic for "foobar"
      >
      > opens in another window.
      >
      >
      >
      > I have even tried :view '$VIMRUNTIME/doc/help | setf help | help foobar' with no
      >
      > luck, the help topic always open in another window.
      >
      >
      >
      > I'm amazed that something that seems so simple is so difficult to accomplish in
      >
      > the most powerful editor :)

      I think the difference is that the :help command looks for a window with the 'buftype' option set to "help". :help 'buftype' says you're not supposed to set that manually, but I don't think there is anything preventing you from doing so. This should work slightly better:

      :view $VIMRUNTIME/doc/help.txt | set buftype=help | help foobar

      It seems to work for me, anyway. I'd set up a command to do all this for you rather than typing it all every time, though.

      Or just use :tab help.

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