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I am not a programmer, just a user who finds Notepad++ very useful.

I want to open Notepad++ twice for separate projects. Each would open with different shortcut (icons). I've read about opening separate instances of Notepad++ using -multiInst and/or -nosession and have not figured this out. I either open the original instance or a blank instance (with no obvious way to open the first, much less the second).

Someone had suggested loading Notepad++ twice but all that happens is an over-write. I tried creating a sub-directory in Notepad++ with the same results as above.

Using Windows XP and NotePad++ 5.9.6.2

What am I doing wrong?

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My recommendation if you want to have two notepad++s open at the same time: Open two windows inside of one notepad++ and drag one of the those windows by clicking the tap (what separates the two files) and drag it outside of your notepad++ application. This will open two windows of Notepad++ –  Zero Stack Feb 12 '13 at 0:36
    
I tried both of these with basically the same results. Where is the second instance/window? My current shortcut icon is: Target: "C:\Program Files\Notepad++\notepad++.exe" with or without various combinations of -multiInst -nosession Start In: "C:\Program Files\Notepad++\localization" It would seem to me that my shortcut icon should point to my original set of .txt files and that a second shortcut should point to my new set of .txt files, but this does not seem to be the case. At least not as far I can determine. (If I'm wrong, please reveal behind which curtain the Wiz is. –  David Feb 16 '13 at 0:16
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I tested some options from the notepad++ wiki and this one worked for me while others don't.

I know you already mentioned -multiInst. But maybe you are doing something wrong?
I just added a detailed description:

  1. Create a new shortcut to your notepadd++.exe
  2. Go to Properties of the shortcut (Right-click on it)
  3. Append -multiInst to the target line. It should look like this enter image description here

I am on Windows 7 with Notepad++ v6.2.3. But I doubt that this would make any difference.

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Except it would make a difference because your using a totaly different version v5 vs v6 –  Ramhound Feb 12 '13 at 12:32
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I tested his version 5.9.6.2 and its working with -multiInst. –  nixda Feb 12 '13 at 12:50
    
I tried both of these with basically the same results. Where is the second instance/window. My current shortcut icon is Target: "C:\Program Files\Notepad++\notepad++.exe" -multiInst Start In: "C:\Program Files\Notepad++\localization" –  David Feb 16 '13 at 0:02
    
@David I can't tell you what went wrong on your system. The -multiInst method is a widely accepted method. But I have searched once more and stumbled up this. please try the method with that empty file called asNotepad.xml –  nixda Feb 16 '13 at 0:09
    
I tried both of these with basically the same results. Where is the second instance/window? My current shortcut icon is: Target: "C:\Program Files\Notepad++\notepad++.exe" with or without various combinations of -multiInst -nosession Start In: "C:\Program Files\Notepad++\localization" It would seem to me that my shortcut icon should point to my original set of .txt files and that a second shortcut should point to my new set of .txt files, but this does not seem to be the case. At least not as far I can determine. (If I'm wrong, please reveal behind which curtain the Wiz is. –  David Feb 16 '13 at 0:17
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