Vim: Delete buffer without losing the split window

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asked Dec 16, 2010 by byneri

When a buffer gets deleted (the "bd[elete]" command), it not only deletes the buffer but also removes the split window that buffer was in.

Is there a way to delete/unload a buffer and keep the window split?

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answered Dec 16, 2010 by icecrime
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answered Dec 17, 2010 by rumple-stiltskin

This worked well for me.

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answered Dec 17, 2010 by gww

I really like bufkill.vim there is a github repo as well

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answered Dec 17, 2010 by mud

bp|bd # will do it.

Details:bp("buffer previous") moves us to a different buffer in the current window (bn would work, too), then bd # ("buffer delete" "alternate file") deletes the buffer we just moved away from. See: help bp, help bd, help alternate-file.

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answered Dec 21, 2015 by rrosa

You can add the following to your .vimrc to have Bd work as bd but without touching the window splits:

command Bd bp\|bd \#

I found this as a useful complement to what Mud answered.

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answered Dec 27, 2015 by lvarayut

I do something similar to @Mud, but switch to previous view buffer, #, instead of the previous buffer in buffer list. Here is a binding key in my .vimrc:

nnoremap <silent> <leader>q :lclose<bar>b#<bar>bd #<CR>

Close Location windows, if exist, switch to the previous view buffer, and then close the last switched buffer.

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answered Dec 16, 2016 by daftwooly

I used to use :


But I found certain occasions where it closed my window. On top of that the next or previous buffer might not be what you want to be displayed in the split.

Now I do this :

  • switch to the buffer I want to work on
  • Delete the alternate buffer

nnoremap <leader>d :bd#<CR>

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answered Sep 15, 2017 by jeongpyo-lee

My Choice is

:sb # | bd #
:sb 1 | bd #
: <1. Recall Buffer> | <2. Delete Buffer>

Think Like that! /// <1. Recall Buffer> | <2. Delete Buffer>

:vert sb 2 | bd #
:vert sb <tab key~completed file(buffer)name> | bd #

why?! It's easy to remember 3 (+ 1) keyword!

  1. sb split_buffer
  2. bd delete buffer ▶ simple 2 keywords
  3. # or Number of buffer
  4. vert ▶ short_form of vertical (split_buffer or else)

That are easy and very useful in many other many case!

Have a nice Day! :)

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