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I have a function, and I want to execute a key command, but I get the error Trailing characters:

function! MyFunction()
  if condition
    <C-W><C-W>
  else
    :some_other_command
  endif
endfunction

It doesn't like the <C-W><C-W>

What can I use instead?

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up vote 11 down vote accepted

The general answer is to use the :normal command, like

:exe "normal \<C-W>\<C-w>"

The :execute approach is the readable way to get :normal to recognize special characters like control-key combinations. The other approach is

:normal ^W^W

where each^W is one character inserted by typing Ctrl-vCtrl-w.

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