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For example, if I want to jump to the close form tag. how could I do this?

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Related: How to jump between matching HTML/XML tags? at Vim SE – kenorb Feb 14 at 0:29

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The matchit.vim plugin, in conjunction with the html.vim filetype plugin, will allow you to do this. One way to load the matchit.vim plugin is to put this in your ~/.vimrc:

runtime macros/matchit.vim

If you don't already have filetype plugins enabled, also put this in in your ~/.vimrc:

filetype plugin on

Then when you edit an HTML file, you can jump from a tag to the matching tag by typing %. You can find out more by executing

:help matchit
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Thanks, this is perfect! Thought I had to install plugin but looks like it's included already. – Jason Apr 22 '13 at 21:34

You can jump between tags using visual operators, in example:

  1. Place the cursor on the tag.
  2. Enter visual mode by pressing v.
  3. Select the outer tag block by pressing a+t or i+t for inner tag block.

Your cursor should jump forward to the matching closing html/xml tag. To jump backwards from closing tag, press o or O to jump to opposite tag.

Now you can either exit visual by pressing Esc, change it by c or copy by y.

To record that action into register, press qq to start recording, perform tag jump as above (including Esc), press q to finish. Then to invoke jump, press @q.

See more help at :help visual-operators or :help v_it:

at a <tag> </tag> block (with tags)

it inner <tag> </tag> block

Alternatively use plugin such as matchit.vim (See: Using % in languages without curly braces).

See also:

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