Update Nov 22, 2016: I added a video tutorial for this! The written blog post remains available below.
Notepad++ is my primary text editor, as it offers a huge amount of features, and yet remains fairly simple to use. After months of using it heavily both at home and at work, I began to wonder if I could launch multiple instances of it at one time. Given that I have two monitors in either case, I thought it would be interesting to have one Notepad++ window per monitor.
- Right-click any Notepad++ shortcut.
- Select Properties.
- Move to the Shortcut tab.
- In the end of the Target field, add ” -multiInst”.
- Click OK.
- Target: “C:\Program Files\Notepad++\notepad++.exe” -multiInst
You might be wondering at this point, what if I’m already using Notepad++, do I still have to use the shortcut to launch another? Thankfully, no. To launch another instance when already using the editor, you can simply press ALT + F6, or Click Run -> Open in another instance in the menu bar.