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I often work with Tmux and I really like the ability to have multiple windows where each window has a custom set of panes. This allows me to quickly switch between layouts without losing anything.

So far in Emacs I know how to navigate buffers, switch from one buffer to another, close a buffer, open a new buffer, split the window and access a list of buffers. What I haven't been able to do is to have multiple custom setups and be able to quickly switch between them. Like so:

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How would one go about achieving this?

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This can be done very easily if you are using ivy. All you got to do is execute the command ivy-push-view when are on a window setup you like and give it a specific name (by default the name of the ivy-view goes like {} buffer1 buffer2).

Once you've pushed a window config you like to ivy-views, you can then change from any window configuration to the one you saved before using switch-to-buffer and selecting the view you pushed before and the whole window configuration will be restored :)

It's incredibly simple and so damn useful. Also, if you're using desktop-save-mode you can also chose to save ivy-views in it so that everytime you restore the desktop save file, you restore ivy-views as well.

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