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Hacking Vim 7.2

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  1. Hacking Vim 7.2
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Hacking Vim 7.2
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. New to Vim?
      5. Conventions
      6. Reader feedback
      7. Customer support
    7. 1. Getting Started with Vim
      1. Getting Vim
      2. vi, Vim, and friends
      3. Vim is charityware
      4. Common terminology
      5. Summary
    8. 2. Personalizing Vim
      1. Where are the configuration files?
      2. Changing the fonts
      3. Changing color scheme
      4. A more informative status line
      5. Toggle menu and toolbar
      6. Adding your own menu and toolbar buttons
      7. Modifying tabs
      8. Work area personalization
      9. Summary
    9. 3. Better Navigation
      1. Faster navigation in a file
      2. Faster navigation in Vim help
      3. Search and you will find
      4. X marks the spot
      5. Summary
    10. 4. Production Boosters
      1. Using templates
      2. Using tag lists
      3. Using autocompletion
      4. Using macro recording
      5. Using sessions
      6. Registers and undo branching
      7. Using undo branching
      8. Folding
      9. Open files anywhere
      10. Summary
    11. 5. Advanced Formatting
      1. Formatting text
      2. Formatting code
      3. Using external formatting tools
      4. Summary
    12. 6. Basic Vim Scripting
      1. Syntax-color schemes
      2. Syntax regions
      3. Using scripts
      4. Script development
      5. Summary
    13. 7. Extended Vim Scripting
      1. Script structure
      2. Scripting tips
      3. Debugging Vim scripts
      4. Distributing Vim scripts
      5. Remember the documentation
      6. Using external interpreters
      7. Summary
    14. A. Vim Can Do Everything
      1. Vim games
      2. Programmers IDE
      3. Mail program
      4. Chat with Vim
      5. Using Vim as a Twitter client
    15. B. Vim Configuration Alternatives
      1. Tips for keeping your vimrc file clean
      2. A vimrc setup system
      3. Storing vimrc online
    16. Index
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Work area personalization

In this section, we introduce a list of smaller, good-to-know modifications for the editor area in Vim. The idea with these recipes is that they all give you some sort of help or optimization when you use Vim for editing text or code.

Adding a more visual cursor

Sometimes, you have a lot of syntax coloring in the file you are editing. This can make the task of tracking the cursor really hard. If you could just mark the line the cursor is currently in, then it would be easier to track it.

Many have tried to fix this with Vim scripts, but the results have been near useless (mainly due to slowness, which prevented scrolling longer texts at an acceptable speed). Not until version 7 did Vim have a solution for this. But then ...

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