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I use file externalization with tikz, so I usually put the tikzpicture environments each in a separate file with extension .tikz. When I open such files with Vim, the syntax is not highlighted, which makes difficult for me to rapidly edit the file. The basic question is: How can I make Vim use for these files the same syntax coloring used for .tex files? But that question carries another one: How can I make Vim treat these as it does with tex files (so that completions with <F5> can be used)?

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Add the following lines to the ~/.vimrc file (or create it if doesn't exist):

syntax on
filetype on
au BufNewFile,BufRead *.tikz set filetype=tex

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