I've never found (neo)vim's netrw to be particularly useful, and have generally much preferred to navigate via the built-in terminal. I've generally managed to avoid netrw, with the one exception being when I
:tabnew a directory (for example,
:tabnew ~/courses/). I finally fixed that by configuring vim to open a terminal at that directory instead:
function s:isdir(dir) abort return !empty(a:dir) && isdirectory(a:dir) endfunction augroup justinnhli_open_directories autocmd! autocmd VimEnter * silent! autocmd! FileExplorer * autocmd BufEnter * if s:isdir(expand('%')) | execute ':terminal' | startinsert | endif augroup END
I got the general idea from this StackOverflow answer. The key are the two
autocmd commands. The first disables netrw ("
FileExplorer") from running. The second checks if the target is a directory, then opens
:terminal if it is.
I have several more neovim terminal settings, available on my dotfiles repo.