Here's a small tip for burgeoning Vim (VI Improved) users. Vim supports various colorschemes in its colorized editing mode. If you don't like the default syntax highlighting colorscheme that Vim uses, you can change it easily by running a command like this (within Vim):
:colorscheme command takes one argument: the name of the colorscheme. Above, I am setting the syntax highlighting colorscheme to the
koehler scheme. At any point, I can change it back to the default by running:
So how many colorschemes are there, and how can I find out about them? You can view a list of colorscheme files in
/usr/share/vim/vim72/colors/. Other than the
README.txt file, all of the rest are colorscheme files.
$ ls -1 /usr/share/vim/vim72/colors/ README.txt blue.vim darkblue.vim default.vim delek.vim desert.vim elflord.vim evening.vim koehler.vim morning.vim murphy.vim pablo.vim peachpuff.vim ron.vim shine.vim slate.vim torte.vim zellner.vim
You can switch to any of these using
Want to craft your own? The syntax is simple. Take a look at the
elflord.vim file for a good (short) example.