Edit files quickly with Vim on Windows

Vim has always been my favorite text editor on Mac and Linux. But since I spend quite some time on Windows lately I figured it’s time to see how things are now in with Vim in the Windows department.

Vim has always been my favorite text editor on Mac and Linux. But since I spend quite some time on Windows lately I figured it’s time to see how things are now with Vim in the Windows Department.

But first, why Vim? For me the most important reason is that I get to edit files quickly without leaving the terminal.
And that’s a big win. Besides, it’s easy on the eyes too!

Install Vim and ConEmu with Chocolatey

Choco, what else!
We need a decent terminal emulator for PowerShell so let’s install ConEmu as well.

Now we can start vim with the vim command. But of course plain vim is ultimately boring, so let’s start configuring it.

Where are the config files

In ConEmu, open a Powershell shell and enter vim. This wil start Vim.
Then type

Vim looks for configuration in a ‘vimrc’ file.
Now we get to see the environment settings of Vim so we know where to put our config.

Let’s continue using the second entry and create the vimrc file:
Exit Vim by typing

And in your Powershell prompt enter:

Next let’s add some plugins and modifications to our vimrc file.

Install Pathogen

With Pathogen installing Vim plugins is a breeze.

At the PowerShell prompt type:

Then install some plugins by cloning them to the bundle folder you just created:

Create your vimrc

Copy and paste this into your vimrc:

The first section is self explanatory I think. Then this config:
– loads Pathogen
– maps the function key F7 to a command sequence that aligns the code.
– configures the NERDTree to load if you start Vim without a filename.
– The last section is to set the color theme to Solarized and the configure the Airline status bar.

Run Vim!

Meet the Buttonfactory – September 15

  • tbf_powershellkopieThursday, September 15, 2016



    Weg en Bos 51, 2661 DL Bergschenhoek

    You are invited to join us at our first meetup!
    There will be 2 presentations. One is about Powershell and the other about SQL Server 2016.


    19:00 A drink and some food

    19:30 Powershell Objects by Jacqueline
    Powershell is an object oriented scripting language, but what does that even mean? In this presentation you’ll get to learn all about objects and how you can supercharge your scripts leveraging them. No Powershell skills required!

    20:15 What is new in SQL Server 2016? By Melanie
    SQL Server 2016 is the biggest leap forward in Microsoft data platform history!
    OK, I copied that line from the Microsoft site. But the coolest new feature is the stretched database. We are going to tell you all about it.

    21:00 Another drink.

    The meetup is free of charge and will be dutch spoken.
    No prior knowledge is required!

    Dutch PowerShell Meetup for Women

    Rotterdam, NL
    23 Powershellerines

    Know Ada Lovelace? Grace Hopper? This group firmly believes that programming, scripting and system administration is for women! But where are you? Let’s get together and learn…

    Next Meetup

    Intro to Powershell Objects and what is new in SQL Server 20…

    Thursday, Sep 15, 2016, 7:00 PM
    11 Attending

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