Following Nick Kreeger’s handy post on tweaking MacVim on Mac OS X I applied some of the tips to GVim under Windows to make it a little easier on the eye. The following settings are placed in your _vimrc/.vimrc file.
First up is a change of font. With the introduction of Windows Vista Microsoft had a set of new standard fonts created. These also ship with the latest versions of Office. The Consolas monospaced font makes a good programmers font so I use this as the font when running under Windows. I’ve also set the size to be relatively small.
if has("gui_win32") :set guifont=Consolas:h8,ProggyTiny:h8,Luxi_Mono:h12:cANSI endif
Next up set the window to start tall and a little wider than normal:
set columns=90 lines=65
I share my vim config with Cygwin and Windows native vim. In order to get the Windows version to pick up the UNIX plugins etc in the .vim I include the following:
" Make Windows use my UNIX vimfiles if has("win32") set runtimepath=$HOME/.vim,$HOME/vimfiles,$VIM/vimfiles,$VIMRUNTIME,$VIM/vimfiles/after,$HOME/vimfiles/after endif
Turn on a custom status line which includes the file name, file type, modified and read only status, line and column numbers and the percentage through the file.
set laststatus=2 set statusline=%<%f\ %m%a%=%([%R%H%Y]%)\ %-19(%3l\ of\ %L,%c%)%P set showcmd
Along the lines of what Nick did I turned line numbers on and toned the colour down a bit:
colorscheme koehler hi LineNr guifg=#666666 set number
So what does it all like in the end? Still not as good as MacVim but not too bad (click for full size version, scaled version looks a bit average):