Is there any way to get tmux to do the equivalent of Vim's window rotation (ctrl-w r and ctrl-R), where it rotates only in one direction? Tmux's normal window swap command ( ctrl-o) just rotates all panes around in a kind of circle.

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Yes: try Ctrl+F3 and Ctrl+F4 t swap upper or lower panes. You can also iterate to reach other configurations.

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    Thanks. I think this is the "swap-pane" command, e.g. swap-pane -U. Mine had a binding from { and }.
    – mahemoff
    Jan 5, 2015 at 14:50
  • Keyboard shortcut didn't work, but @mahemoff's comment did.
    – jpaugh
    Mar 26, 2018 at 20:01
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    I found CTL-B { and CTL-B } will rotate panes, that may produce the effect being looked for. Obviously change CTL-B for whatever leader / prefix you are using.
    – NeilG
    Jun 30, 2022 at 6:38

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