Is there a way to disable Notepad++ tabs?

I would like to open each file in a new window. Not necessarily in a new instance but there should be a new tab in the windows task bar as well. Essentially I want Notepad++ mimic MS Notepads behaviour in regards to open multiple files. I'm using Notepad++ in it's portable version, so I would prefer but not limit a possible answer to a solution that works with it.

UPDATE: currently (as of Okt2020) it is not possible to setup multi instances without sacrifice features like autosave which (unfortunately) I require to work properly

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    Settings > General > Tab Bar > Hide is the closest.
    – DavidPostill
    Oct 27, 2019 at 20:01
  • @DavidPostill already tried it, only hides the tab bar, doesn't change notepads behaviour at all.
    – Albin
    Oct 27, 2019 at 20:04
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    You need to play with Settings > Preferences > Multi Instance as well but close all your tabs first.
    – DavidPostill
    Oct 27, 2019 at 20:07
  • @DavidPostill I did as well, still doesn't give me the desired behaviour, quite a few use cases where it still opens in tabs.
    – Albin
    Oct 27, 2019 at 20:25
  • Did you restart after making the changes?
    – DavidPostill
    Oct 27, 2019 at 20:49

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You can mimick this by opening each file from outside of Notepad++ using a command with multiInst [command-line parameter][1]:

notepad++.exe C:\myfile.txt -multiInst

and later

notepad++.exe C:\anotherfile.txt -multiInst


You can put this into a batch file and then use it to open anything in Notepad++.

I am not saying you should attempt to open a file from the inside of Notepad++ (menu File > Open) if you say that based on what you tried this way is unreliable.

Update after question update:

Use more sophisticated batch file which will clone Notepad++ program directory including all six configuration XML files into a new temp directory.* This way you will have open each file in separate Notepad++. Create a scheduled task which will delete all such temp directories/hardlinks if no Notepad++ is running at the moment (what is a simplified but reliable approach).

*) Use portable version of N++ for this configured for MultiInst. You can use hard links mklink /j with dirs and mklink /h with files to save you from actually copying most of N++ files. This will make the cloning super-fast.

  • Thanks for the suggestion, unfortunately my goal was to open the file directly (without creating a batch file). Your solution could be implementet without a batch file as well but it's possible now to do it through the setup without a batch file. But you have to sacrifice features like autosave (see question update).
    – Albin
    Oct 14, 2020 at 22:57
  • @Albin – please consider this: "my goal was to open the file directly" was not stated in the question, as well as the updated part. Moving target is not a good StackExchange practice. Anyway, I will add alternative solution for you now.
    – miroxlav
    Oct 14, 2020 at 23:10
  • It's sort of "stated" by my statement "mimic MS Notepads behaviour", but in general I agree with you, sorry for not being specific enough. If you have a solution that works with the autosave, that would be great. I tried it but the autosave only works for the first instance.
    – Albin
    Oct 14, 2020 at 23:22
  • @Albin – see the latest update. This should be doable and not overly difficult. Before, test it manually if multi-instance created this way will allow AutoSave or not.
    – miroxlav
    Oct 14, 2020 at 23:34
  • Interesting idea, I have to see if I can make it work without creating a batch file for each file I want to open...
    – Albin
    Oct 14, 2020 at 23:39

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