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.

  • 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
  • Answer by @user321756 is now the CORRECT answer for the latest version – Valamas Oct 7 '15 at 22:46

Settings > Preferences > Backup > 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
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    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
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    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
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    @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
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    This option has moved since this answer was written. See user321756's answer for the new location. – dlf Oct 23 '14 at 18:54

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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    This should be voted up. The chosen answer is now outdated. – Xonatron Apr 14 '15 at 14:50
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    The OP wanted this option OFF, not ON. This answer is incorrect, it should be "Uncheck", which makes it a duplicate of the accepted answer. – BrianVPS Aug 6 '20 at 18:39

In latest version uncheck

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

Remember the current session for next launch

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