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Must be something super obvious, but I can't figure out, and Google is not helping out either.

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:help new
:help vnew

should bring you on course.

you will have a new buffer then, obviously. that buffer becomes a file only if you :w it to the disk.

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And :set splitright puts the new split on the right. Awesome, thanks – hakanensari Nov 18 '10 at 13:56
Also :set splitbelow is the corresponding command to make the new split appear on the bottom when splitting horizontally. – dsaxton Apr 22 at 14:10

another way is to do a <CTRL + W> n in normal mode. This will create a new split.


You can also do <CTRL + W> v in normal mode to create a vertical split (the previous one will do a horizontal split.

And just to be complete, you move to the different splits by doing <CTRL + W> <direction> with the direction being any h, j, k, or l;

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I used the Vim menu under File - Split Open. You will have to give a name for your new blank file though.

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Vim has a menu? – frabjous Nov 18 '10 at 16:23
gvim or macvim are able to display a menu, yes. what did you expect? :) – akira Nov 18 '10 at 16:26
It seems that :sp also can work -- for those not using the gvim version. – Rolnik Nov 18 '10 at 18:58

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