Multiple Windows of Notepad++

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Right click the shortcut. Go to Properties
  3. Go to the end of the text in the target field and insert -multiInst.
Your target field should read something similar to the following
“C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe”  -multiInst

You should be able to now open multiple instances of Notepad++.

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