I use Notepad++ all the time for both home and work, whether I’m debugging or formatting HTML, PHP, C#, etc… I had an issue recently however where it would have been nice to have multiple instances on different monitors. So I searched their site for anything to create new windows and found exactly what I needed, their command line options wiki page (Command Line Switches). Turned out, -multiInst is the switch needed to create new windows.
To help those unfamiliar with using Command Line Options, here is a quick run through on what you need to do.
- Either hit your windows key, type notepad++, and drag to your desktop or right click your desktop and go New -> Shortcut and browse to the executable. Both of these methods will bring you to the same point.
- Right click the shortcut. Go to Properties
- Go to the end of the text in the target field and insert -multiInst.
“C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe” -multiInst
You should be able to now open multiple instances of Notepad++.