How can I increase the display time of the pane numbers seen with ctrl-b q?

When having lots of panes, it is sometimes not enough time to key in the one I want to switch to.


You can set it in an existing session with ctrl-b :set display-panes-time 2000 for 2 seconds for example. To persist it, put the command into your ~/.tmux.conf

set -g display-panes-time 2000

This is documented in the tmux manpage (man tmux) under OPTIONS:

 display-panes-time time
    Set the time in milliseconds for which the indicators shown by the display-panes command appear.
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    Thanks for the quick answer. I tried it and due to the error I received, I believe that there must be a -g after set right? – aryzing Sep 3 '16 at 18:54
  • You're right. I forgot to include it in my answer. – Hoov Sep 3 '16 at 19:17
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    You can add this to your .tmux.conf to make the numbers appear until you select a pane: bind -T prefix q display-panes -d 0 – Mark Stosberg Sep 6 '19 at 1:21

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