I'm just so sick of typing source ~/.vimrc all the time, for entering the "~/.vimrc" I have to move my fingers a lot. Is there a way that I could map ~/.vimrc into a single letter or a sign. For example source % instead of source ~/.vimrc

AkA I would like to use % to represent ~/.vimrc


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    As it appends % refers to the file currently being edited in vim. So if you're editing ~/.vimrc, :source % will source it. Jan 11 '18 at 15:42
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    At a shell prompt, or within vim?
    – Jeff Schaller
    Jan 11 '18 at 15:46
  • @JeffSchaller within vim Thanks for point that out!
    – SLN
    Jan 11 '18 at 15:52


:ab % ~/.vimrc

I would recommend you to use another character in stead of %


The accepted answer is good. A few "enhancements"...

The Vim environment variable $MYVIMRC contains the path to whatever file was actually sourced as your vimrc so it's a convenient and portable way to express ~/.vimrc...might want to use that in the abbreviation.

If you're really sick of typing then you could avoid :source, too (not counting the fact that you only have to type :so):

nnoremap <C-S> :so $MYVRIMC<CR>

With this you can load your vimrc by hitting Ctrl+S and you don't even have to leave Normal mode. (<C-S> is an example...replace it with whatever unused key(s) you want.)

  • @B Layer awesome!
    – SLN
    Jan 11 '18 at 21:28

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