What is the difference between "open session in a new instance of notepad++" and "always in multi-instance mode"?

I'm not seeing behavior differences.

  • Official help page for multi-instance settings does not make this more clear, maybe there are some hints, though.
    – miroxlav
    May 30 '16 at 22:26
  • @miroxlav you're right the help pages aren't very helpful on this point. Some "hints" I took is the word "sessions" and digging in it seems something to do with remembering the views and folding and is stored in an XML file. So I --think-- the implication is that if you open a new session file that would be in a new instance but real-world behavior seems more intricate than that. Really wish I could find a clear answer. Hope you or OP will update if you figure it out.
    – JoelAZ
    Feb 21 '18 at 20:14
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    Ok, so I had to restart NP++ to see difference (my fault - missed warning in settings box). Now I see that if NP is running and I try to open a new window from e.g. Start menu that it focuses currently open NP window but if I go to File -> Load Session I get a new window. Presumably each session would remember it's tabs for next time but not sure if/how that works yet.
    – JoelAZ
    Feb 21 '18 at 20:25
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    @JoelAZ – perhaps you can add this as the answer and accept it so your important finding won't end buried in comments.
    – miroxlav
    Mar 9 '18 at 19:11
  • @miroxlav thanks but I don't think my findings are sufficient to be a complete answer. There are 3 options in NP++ (not just two) and while I've figured out parts of the behavior I still don't understand all. I think I'd rather it stay open so maybe someone who really knows the differences can explain.
    – JoelAZ
    Mar 10 '18 at 20:53

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