Show hidden characters with Neovim

Published on 2024-03-03 • Modified on 2024-03-03

This snippet shows how to show hidden characters with Neovim. We must use the listchars parameter. In the following configuration:

  • trailing (useless) spaces are displayed with -
  • tabulation are displayed with >-
  • end of the line (if over the window) is displatey with #

Note that these characters are displayed differently from your standard colour to avoid confusion with the regular characters. In my case, they are displayed in blue.

set list
set listchars=tab:>-,trail:-,extends:#,nbsp:.

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