Keep your cursor centered no matter where you are in Vim.
Mouse-wheel navigation is the norm for modern editors. When I started using Vim I carried that bad habit for a long time before I was able to stick with keyboard only navigation.
Navigating with the keyboard does have a steep learning curve and initial issues. It's difficult to see the context of the line that you're currently on. In order to center a line on screen you have to scroll ~20 lines lower than the section you're interested in.
That's frequently 5 additional keystrokes. That may not seem like much at first but try doing that hundreds of times during a days work.
This snippet is my solution to those concerns. It keeps the cursor vertically centered at all times and horizontally centered when you approach the sides of the window.
" Keep cursor centered at all times set scrolloff=999 " Minimum number of lines to keep above and below cursor set sidescroll=5 " Increment size for horizontal scrolling set sidescrolloff=15 " Start scrolling horizontally this far from the edge set winwidth=40 " Minimum width for focused window " Center with zz after all search commands nmap n nzz nmap N Nzz nmap * *zz nmap # #zz nmap g* g*zz nmap g# g#zz