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137827Re: How open help in the current window?

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  • Gary Johnson
    May 24, 2013
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      On 2013-05-24, Tim Chase wrote:
      > On 2013-05-24 07:56, Gary Johnson wrote:
      > > > When I open help by ":help", it will add a new window for help. Is
      > > > there a way to replace the current window with help? Thanks.
      > >
      > > :help
      > > :only
      >
      > This has unfortunate side-effects if you have multiple windows open.
      > Yukihiro's solution using ":set buftype=help" is the closest I've seen
      > to solving the OP's request (despite the warning in the help for
      > 'buftype' that tells you it shouldn't need to be set manually) though
      > if the buffer has been modified, vim will warn you rather than losing
      > your changes. There doesn't seem to be a ":help!" (well, there is,
      > but it doesn't abandon changes in the buftype=help window; rather it
      > attempts to console you in your panic :-)

      Good point. I often use that when opening a new vim instance just
      to read help. I wasn't thinking about the multiple window case.

      Regards,
      Gary

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