When having the window split vertically how do I split the window horizontally with a new buffer so that the new buffer ends up on the bottom and takes up the full width of the window:

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If you opened a third window just focus the window you want at the bottom and press Ctrl+w J this will move the window under the other two.

Ctrl+w K - move window up

Ctrl+w L - move window right

Ctrl+w H - move window left


Or, to do it in a single command:

:bot sp

The long version of this is

:botright split

But I find that more confusing than the short version! I'll let you look at :help :botright for an explanation :-)

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    This is perfect but would recommend putting the full commands in for clarity Jul 15, 2020 at 6:12
  • Good point. Added. Jul 17, 2020 at 21:21

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