# [vim tip] Bookmark your place in a file

I’m current editing a manuscript in vim, to be compiled in $\LaTeX$. It’s about 404 lines long and compiles to about 30 pages with figures. Jumping around by line number is not really an option, and scrolling back and forth is not that fun. Enter bookmarks in vim, yet another of hundreds of wonderfully useful features for fast editing.

To bookmark your current place, you can assign any lower case letter to the bookmark by pressing `ma` to bookmark `a`. My version of vim (7.2) doesn’t appear to give any confirmation of the created bookmark.

To retrieve the bookmark, you’ll use the back tick (not a single quote) ` and type `a`:

``a`

You can also go to the last edited line with a back tick and period:

``.`