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In zsh, if I type vim *.txt then Tab, it expands to vim f1.txt f2.txt f3.txt.

How can I make it show a completion menu listing files matching the pattern, so I can select a single file?

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% PS1='%% ' exec zsh -f
% autoload -U compinit && compinit
% setopt GLOB_COMPLETE
% touch aa ab ac ad
% vim a*

Will cycle through the options; and then for a menu (on, like, everything)

% zstyle ':completion*:default' menu 'select=0'
% vim a*

For more information see zshoptions(1) and the "From Bash to Z Shell" book for slightly readable docs on the completion system.

Menu completion on demand would require a custom widget:

function blaah {
  local revert
  revert=0
  if [[ $options[(k)globcomplete] = off ]]; then
    setopt globcomplete
    revert=1
  fi
  zle menu-expand-or-complete
  if [[ $revert -eq 1 ]]; then
    unsetopt globcomplete
  fi
}
zle -N blaah

# or perhaps additionally 'vicmd' or instead 'emacs', depending
binkey -M viins "^W" blaah
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  • Thanks! setopt GLOB_COMPLETE works; but it is globally. Is there a bindkey to do "menu complete" (or "expand") on demand?
    – aggu
    Apr 21, 2016 at 3:02
  • @aggu you'll need a widget, I believe
    – thrig
    Apr 21, 2016 at 14:36
  • how do I "see zshoptions(1)"? Oct 29, 2018 at 23:38
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    @cambunctious manpage(section) translates to the man section manpage command so man 1 zshoptions
    – thrig
    Oct 30, 2018 at 13:40

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