I use netrw a fair bit mainly because of Tim Pope's vinegar.vim plugin. I press
- to see a list of files in the current directory, and then navigate around using Vim shortcuts and search. You can open netrw in a similar way without installing vinegar.vim, just type
:e . and you'll see a list of files.
The way Vim displays files in this view is actually configurable -- you can press
i to toggle through the available view types. This is what the "long" view looks like:
I like this mode, so to make it permanent I added the following line to my
The available options are:
0: Thin, one file per line
1: Long, one file per line with file size and time stamp
2: Wide, which is files in columns
3: Tree style
The tree works well if you're working on a project with nested folders and you want to jump around a lot. Again, you can press
i to toggle between modes, so you can switch to the one that's right for the task at hand.