Must be something super obvious, but I can't figure out, and Google is not helping out either.
: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.
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
To close a buffer, do
<CTRL + W> q
vim myfile.txt # open one file in one window :buffers " shows one buffer with "myfile.txt" in it :sp " create split window; we now have one buffer with two windows. :e newfile.txt " create new buffer with new filename in first window :buffers " shows two buffers (myfile.txt & newfile.txt), each in own window
This is a good link: http://vim.wikia.com/wiki/Easier_buffer_switching
I used the Vim menu under File - Split Open. You will have to give a name for your new blank file though.