:ui window-select

visually switch windows

1. Description

This module provides several methods for selecting windows without the use of the mouse or spatial navigation (e.g. C-w {h,j,k,l}).

The command other-window is remapped to either switch-window or ace-window, depending on which backend you’ve enabled. It is bound to C-x o (and C-w C-w for evil users).

It also provides numbered windows and selection with the winum package, if desired. Evil users can jump to window N in C-w <N> (where N is a number between 0 and 9). Non-evil users have C-x w <N> instead.

1.1. Maintainers

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1.2. Module flags

Enable numbered windows and window selection (using winum).
use the switch-window package as the backend, instead of ace-window (i.e. avy).

1.3. Packages

1.4. Hacks

No hacks documented for this module.

2. Prerequisites

This module has no external prerequisites.

3. TODO Usage

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4. Configuration

This module provides two backends, both providing the same functionality, but with different visual cues. They are ace-window and switch-window.

4.1. ace-window

The first character of the buffers changes to a highlighted, user-selectable character.

  • Pros: the content of the buffers are always visible.
  • Cons: The display characters are small and difficult to see (see below for a way to enlarge them). Custom font-face example

This changes the ace-window display to show a white letter with a red background. The box attribute adds some padding. e.g.

    :foreground "white" :background "red"
    :weight bold :height 2.5 :box (:line-width 10 :color "red")))

4.2. switch-window

Replaces the entire buffer with large letters.

  • Pros: The displayed characters are really easy to see.
  • Cons: You can’t see the contents of the buffers.

5. Troubleshooting

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6. TODO Appendix

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