Launching Vim From Visual Studio
Few days ago I noticed something cool over my coworker Gildas’ shoulder: he was lauching Vim straight from Visual Studio.
That was until I started using @jaredpar’s VsVim Visual Studio Extension. VsVim reproduces Vim’s key binding experience inside Visual Studio. For a while, I’ve enjoyed being able to move the cursor with HJKL, use verbs, nouns and modifiers.
However, VsVim is “just” an emulation layer, not a full fledged Vim implementation. As such, it doesn’t understand plugins.
These days, I’m doing a lot of code refactoring and @tpope’s
Subvert command (from his abolish plugin - screencast by @nelstrom) is a killer time saver. Just for that, I appreciate being able to launch Vim from within Visual Studio at the exact line and cursor I currently am. (of course the file must exist on the filesystem)
Here are the steps to configure Vim as an external tool in Visual Studio.
- Navigate to
Tools > External Toolsto add a new tool
Title: Vim Command: C:\Program Files (x86)\Vim\vim74\gvim.exe Arguments: -c "set lines=999 | set columns=999 | call cursor($(CurLine),$(CurCol))" $(ItemFileName)$(ItemExt) Initial directory: $(ItemDir)
Then move the tool up to the first position. This step is required because a genius decided keyboard shortcuts are assigned by position in the list of external tool.
- Navigate to
Tools > Options > Environment > Keyboard
Show commands containing: Tools.ExternalCommand1 Use new shortcut in: Global Press F1
If you want something automated, you can download and import a prebuilt
If you want, you can ommit “
set lines=999 | set columns=999”. I use these two commands to put gVim in a “fake maximized” state. Otherwise the default window size is way too small.
Happy Visual Viming!