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I have a question about notepad++ I want to run notepad++ twice. Like in this paint printscreen

How I want it: enter image description here

Not what I want: enter image description here

Is this possible?

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up vote 52 down vote accepted

Hit Alt+F6. This opens the current tab in a new window.

If you don't feel keyboard-y, going to Run, Open in another instance has the same effect.

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thanks so much! – JochemQuery Aug 9 '12 at 20:15
I want to thank you again!! , this is so much better :D – JochemQuery Aug 9 '12 at 20:33
@JochemTheSchoolKid If you're lazy, like me, you can also re-map the shortcut in Settings -> Shortcut Mapper -> Run commands (tab) -> Open in another instance. I have mapped mine to simply F6. – Darthfett Aug 9 '12 at 22:13
@Darthfett Thanks for the info – JochemQuery Aug 11 '12 at 18:41
Note that Open in another instance (Alt+F6) does not open the current tab in a new window, but tries to open the current text selected (wether it is a valid file path or not) in a new window. If the selection is blank, it has the advantage of simply opening another instance with a new empty tab. It works - but it's not the initial function of this menu. See @Ochado answer for a more "proper" way of doing it. – Otiel Apr 7 at 13:45

Other than opening another instance with Alt+F6 (as in @qweet's answer), if you already have the file open in the first instance of Notepad++, here are some alternatives:

  • Click on the tab for the file and then drag it outside the Notepad++ window and drop it anywhere outside; this will open a new instance with the desired file. For this to work, the first instance should not be maximized so that you have space to drop the tab outside of the window.
  • Right-click on the tab for the file and choose one of the following options:
    • Move to new instance: opens new window with the file in it; removes file from original instance.
    • Open in new instance: opens new window with the file in it; retains same file in the original instance.
    • Move/Clone to other view: opens split window in the same instance with the file in the split window.

The advantage of all of these approaches is that the new instance already includes the file that you had open in the original instance.

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This is the right way to do it. – Otiel Apr 7 at 13:54

From Matt Refghi site How to Launch Multiple Instances of Notepad++:

  1. Right-click any Notepad++ shortcut.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Move to the Shortcut tab.
  4. In the end of the Target field, add ” -multiInst”.
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