When I click Mintty's shortcut, it opens, if I click it again, it just returns focus to the window it had opened earlier. This is the shortcut's command I am using (I came to use it because it avoids a short wait before Mintty starts up as compared to mintty.exe -):

C:\cygwin64\bin\mintty.exe /bin/sh -lc 'exec bash'

How do I have the start shortcut for Mintty open another window instead of bringing focus to the old one?

I am using Windows 8.

Note: if I just enter the above command in Run or cmd it works fine – I can open multiple windows.


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To open another instance of an application, you have to Shift+Click instead of just clicking (or press Shift+Enter if you prefer the keyboard). I've also found some very helpful additional information in this question.

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