Today I Learned: Mapping ':te' to ':tabedit' in Vim
:tabedit command seems long considering how often it’s used. Applying logic from this StackOverflow answer produces this customization:
cnoreabbrev <expr> te getcmdtype() == ":" && getcmdline() == 'te' ? 'tabedit' : 'te'
It defines a
:te shortcut which expands to
:tabedit. Throw it in
~/.vimrc and save five characters for every tab open.
It’s worth pointing out that this accepted StackOverflow answer provides a dangerous alternative. It recommends
cabbrev). For example,
ca te tabedit. The gotcha hidden in this approach is that it expands across the command. Trying to run
:!ls /tmp/te/ will be altered to
:!ls /tmp/tabedit/. Not so good.
And, yes, I added an answer to help out there too.