8 The Editor
Because of this distinction, the term buffer is used throughout, when referring to the text in the window. You are not aware of the distinction when you are using the editor yourself, however.
An editor can only have one editor window, although there can be many buffers open at once. This means that you can edit more than one file at once, although only one buffer can be displayed at a time in the window -- any others remain hidden.
The diagram below shows the distinctions between the window, buffers and files on disk.
Figure 8.2 Distinctions between the window, buffers, and files on disk
The buffers view allows you to display a list of all the buffers that are currently open in the editor, and gives you an easy way of navigating between them Choose View > Buffers to switch to the buffers view. The editor appears as shown in Figure 8.3 below.
Figure 8.3 Listing buffers in the editor
The buffers view has two areas, described below.
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