I'm using the Vim text editor
GVIM on a Windows-based machine.
How can I show the line numbers? Provided that I'm not using it in the console?
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will add the line numbers to the left hand side of the buffer.
You can put that setting, along with any others you enjoy inside your
.vimrc file and they will automatically get loaded whenever you start an instance of VIM.
.gvimrc is generally reserved for specific settings you want loaded when you open gvim as opposed to terminal sessions of vim or vi. More often than not this file has graphical considerations that the X server can handle.