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I want to do some changes in MacVim to suit my needs. I'm new in it, so stick with me.

The basic changes I want to do is to start the program with the following settings:

Line numbers activated Top toolbar deactivated Auto-indenting activated

I found out that you can write set lines=xx columns=yy to the /Users/USERNAME/.gvimrc file and it will change the default window width-height Also, you can change the color scheme with :colorscheme scheme in that file, too, but I don't know how to change the other settings.

I wanna give Vim a try, but the little things (like these) are important.

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im trying to follow this ..but I dont know if there IS a ~/.gvimrc file ... at least I dont have one... do I create one when I want to change settings like this? or am I doing something wrong – mjrider Jan 14 '13 at 15:43
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Line numbers:

:set number

Top toolbar deactivated:

:set guioptions-=T

Auto-indenting activated:

:filetype indent on

Be aware that you can turn off the menu bar as well, see ":help 'guioptions'".

Also, you may want to do ":filetype indent plugin on" as well as ":syntax on". See ":help :filetype".

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Whether :filetype indent on is sufficient depends on what AeroCross means by "Auto-indenting". He probably wants to use :set autoindent as well to have that option enabled for files such as plain text and configuration files. – garyjohn Mar 10 '11 at 20:38
This is exactly what I was looking for (both post and comment). I just wanted to know though, where did you find those settings? I did a little research and I couldn't find those directives (such as guioptions). – AeroCross Mar 11 '11 at 3:35
@AeroCross: I suggest doing a raw ":help" and familiarizing yourself with how the help system works, including the notation for getting help on various things, such as using a single-quote at the beginning of option names. The full reference on what options are available is in ":help options.txt". A briefer quick-reference for options is available in ":help Q_op". – Heptite Mar 11 '11 at 6:03
@AeroCross: There's also the Vim user's manual, available by doing ":help usr_toc.txt". – Heptite Mar 11 '11 at 6:05
I didn't know any of that, thank you so much for the information. Vim really has a steep learning curve, and it's not too friendly at the beggining, so I'll need a LOT of patience for this to workout - and of couse, and kind people like you. – AeroCross Mar 11 '11 at 21:39

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