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Is it possible to make Notepad++ close all open tabs when it is shut down?

Currently when a new file is opened with Notepad++ all previously open tabs (and of course the files open in those tabs) are reopened.

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Related question: Where are the paths of last opened files. Useful in case you cannot open Notepad++ because there is a huge file in this list. –  rds Oct 29 '12 at 11:54

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Settings > Preferences > MISC > Uncheck Remember the current session for next launch

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Excellent, thank you! I knew that this had to be possible, but for somereason never thought to get under MISC. Now to decide if I actually want to change the behaviour... –  David Hall Jul 22 '09 at 3:21
I can never decide which I want either. I need a program which reads my mind and only shows the previous session if I plan to work on those files. :) –  Dan Walker Jul 22 '09 at 3:23
An interesting option would be to have it remember the session if you hold down a modifier key while closing the program or something. Or, like Firefox can, just prompt you when you close it. –  jtbandes Jul 22 '09 at 4:04
The problem with that is that I often don't know if I will want it until the next time it starts. I think it would work better if it restored the session if you hold down a modifier key while it starts up. (Hmm, I may have to make some sort of experimental app for this...) –  Dan Walker Jul 22 '09 at 4:07
@Dan: just close the documents (Ctrl+Shift+W) when you start NP++, if you decide don't want them open. –  DisgruntledGoat Jul 22 '09 at 9:24

As an update for anyone that was looking for the answer to this as I was, the latest version of Notepad++ (v. 6.6.1) has this option under:

SettingsPreferencesBackup → Check "Remember current session for next launch"

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I think the problem is just, that opened tabs get more and more until the pc needs eternal for even opening Notepad++ and the remembered tabs. There should be an option to limit the age of tabs for being reopnend, so i could in example tell npp just to reopen tabs if they are younger than 24hours or so. So I could leave the option on without runnign into that too many tabs problem.

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