I have the following entries which allow me to turn the line numbers on/off with simple key presses

nmap <F11> :se nonu<CR>
nmap <F12> :se nu<CR>

Is it possible to instead have a single key for the purpose and toggle the behaviour instead of using two keys?

for example something logically like

if nu == 0
  se nu
  se nonu

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Instead of prefixing a boolean option with "no", you can prefix it with "inv" to toggle the option. So:

:nmap <F12> :set invnumber<CR>

See :help :set-inv

  • +1 My vim (version 7.2) doesn't have that help. I can do :help set to see the information, though. Jan 22, 2011 at 18:55
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    You should also be able to do :nmap <F12> :set number!<CR> with an exclamation at the end for toggling.
    – frabjous
    Jan 22, 2011 at 19:42

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