When I open vim in some terminals (on mac for example) and use the mouse scroll, I am able to see the terminal output again.

If my terminal window would look like this:

user@pc$ "I'm gonna start vim" 
user@pc$ "after this line"
user@pc$ vim

I would like to see all these lines if I scroll up with the mouse scroll (in vim).

Additional info if necessary: I'm using xfce4-terminal 0.6.3 on Xubuntu 14.04 with Vim 7.4.52

  • 1
    Have you tried :set mouse=a? Feb 17, 2015 at 16:25
  • yes, this only makes it possible to scroll down Feb 17, 2015 at 19:03

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Found out that this emulates the behavior

" Might as well use 'r' 'v' instead of 'a'
:set mouse=a
:map <ScrollWheelUp> :!<CR>    

The only downside is selecting with mouse, copy pasting does not work so use :! instead, if you don't want this.

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