I would like to show the current column in the statusbar, as is common in many other text editors. E.g. it's good to know if you are around column 80 or above.
How to show the current column in the statusbar?
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Try if setting 'ruler' option is what you are looking for. On my computer at the bottom right shows the line and column where I have the cursor.
EDIT TO COMMENTS:
From the help of vim (command
If the number of characters displayed is different from the number of bytes in the text (e.g., for a TAB or a multi-byte character), both the text column (byte number) and the screen column are shown, separated with a dash.
You can try changing it with
rulerformat option, like
:help statusline for the many options available.
I have this in my
~/.vimrc in between a bunch of other directives:
set statusline+=col:\ %c,
in my statusline.
I don't have
Another way to do this is to do 'g Ctrl-G', which prints the current position of the cursor in five ways: Column, Line, Word, Character and Byte. (from http://vimdoc.sourceforge.net/htmldoc/editing.html#g_CTRL-G)
Or, leave 'ruler' unset, a performance gain, and press CTRL-G when you want to see the current column.
I would depreciate using set ruler because I believe it is not compatible with the statusline options, e.g. if you set the statusline to display the full filepath in combination with set ruler
Then it does NOT display the column number but just the full filepath in the statusbar. However if you put the following in your .vimrc
set statusline+=%F\ %l\:%c
It will display everything correctly, namely the
[Filepath/filename] [linenumber]:[column number]
For the other people that are looking for this answer and are not used to working with VIm, personally the simplest answer I've found is to add this line to the end of your .vimrc file in your home directory: