I can’t believe I didn’t learn this earlier because now I do it all the time:
If you close a file, as I often do with
:bd, to open the last file you closed, type
e# in command mode:
The last closed file opens in your current window.
This is great for me because in my editing workflow, I have a story budget from one directory in one window, and I work on stories from a different directory in another. So my working directory is the story directory, and I would have to change it to reopen my budget file, which I often close when moving from one computer to another to do a Google Meet (aka Google Zoom) chat and not be too loud for everybody else in the house. (It’s 2020, and we’re quarantining.)
How do I get my files on multiple computers? I use Syncthing for that. And keeping the same file open simultaneously leads to conflicts and multiple file versions.
So being able to close a file in Vim with
:bd and then reopen it with
:e# is something I do every day.