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    Open More Than One Notepad

    I frequently use my notepad and sometimes I want to open another
    notepad without closing the one I am using. Is there a way to open
    up a new blank notepad? I'm talking about the notepad that comes
    installed on the computer.

    Thanks

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    Sprice,

    To open the 2nd and subsequent copies hold down the SHIFT key while clicking on the shortcut. HTH
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    You should be able to do that now from the menu. What version of Windows?

    BTY, there are a number of free substitutes that are significantly better and can have multiple files open at the same time in the same instance. I'm using Edit Pad Lite.
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    Tried It

    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Sprice,

    To open the 2nd and subsequent copies hold down the SHIFT key while clicking on the shortcut. HTH
    It worked like a charm, so simple. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsmith-plm View Post
    You should be able to do that now from the menu. What version of Windows?

    BTY, there are a number of free substitutes that are significantly better and can have multiple files open at the same time in the same instance. I'm using Edit Pad Lite.
    EmEditor is one example for which there is a free version without the 'thanks' nag that comes with EditPad Lite (which I previously used for years). EmEditor paid version has extremely high-end capabilities if you are a genuine geek, for which see the specifications on the web site.

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    NotePad++ user here. Works great! It updates a lot but the update process is fast and efficient, plus it never changes that update interface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprice View Post
    sometimes I want to open another notepad without closing the one I am using
    You can open a 2nd, 3rd etc instance by right-clicking its taskbar icon and clicking on "Notepad" in the bottom section of the pop-up. You can do this with a lot of Windows programs.

    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    To open the 2nd and subsequent copies hold down the SHIFT key while clicking on the shortcut.
    I find my way much handier than the SHIFT method, because I don't need to fish around for the shortcut. Similarly, I open most of my various documents by right-clicking program icons pinned to the taskbar. Only having one place to go to [the taskbar] for 90% of needs speeds things up nicely.
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    Something must've changed in later versions of windows. I still use XP day-to-day, and I can just keep opening a new instance of Notepad from the Start Menu seemingly for ever. Out of interest, I tried it with Wordpad and even Paint, and it's the same. I've just tried it on a Win7 machine with the same result, too.

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