The power of Vim Plugins: CtrlP

January 11, 2016

In this article we will discover one of the greatest and most widely used plugins in the vim world: CtrlP. It covers a similar area like NERDTree, because it helps you to find and open¬†files very quickly. The magic behind this plugin is it’s fuzzy search engine. You can type in any region of a file path and the fuzzy search matches it to possible files and directory parts. The more matches there are, the higher it is ranked in the results. This means, that you don’t need to type in the beginning of a filepath, but it can be any arbitrary part of the path. Of course you want to type in those parts that make a file unique to match it as fast as possible. With some practice it is a highly efficient way of navigate to¬†files. Of course NERDTree and other tree views have their right to exist, but CtrlP is far more useful in most situations.

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