Notepad nuisance

  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 10

    Notepad nuisance

    I was wondering if there is a way around this. I like to use Notepad for simple notemaking. But then sometimes I accidentaly open a second instance of Notepad and I get a second window open (so I have two windows open in parallel of the same file) and I keep editing one and then after a while maybe accidentaly editing the other one... This of course doesn't happen with Word. Whenever I open a file that is already opened, no second window gets opened.
    I really like Notepad, I appreciate its extreme simplicity. But this thing bothers me. Anything I can do to fix it? Thanks!
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,832
    Win 10 Pro (1903)

    Hi, one way might be to substitute for Notepad.

    For example, I used NotepadReplacer
    Notepad Replacer: Replace Notepad the Easy Way by Binary Fortress Software
    to replace Notepad with Docupad, a bit more sophisticated and tabbed. There are other options of course.

    Opening a file in that, then double clicking the same file simply brings focus to the open instance.

    It's also possible the problem will disappear when MS updates Notepad:
    Microsoft Will Update Notepad Through Windows 10’s Store
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  3. davehc's Avatar
    Posts : 513

    I would suggest it is only a matter of taking care? What are you clicking to get another instance of notepad? Only way I am aware of is by right clicking the executive and selecting Notepad again (Yourself ???)
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  4. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Nice! Thanks I will wait for the update.
    Well, I have many many Notepad files on my desktop, so I just double click them. It's quite easy for me to open one file twice
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  5. TairikuOkami's Avatar
    Posts : 4,650
    Windows Home Dev 21H1 x64

    Notepad++ is much much worse. I opened a file many times and kept editing it for weeks, then I uninstalled it and I lost month work, because you have to manually hit Save every time, Windows Notepad at least asks.
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  6. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,379
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.868

    dalchina said:
    It's also possible the problem will disappear when MS updates Notepad:
    Microsoft Will Update Notepad Through Windows 10’s Store
    Thanks for the warning. Time for me to once again use the @EdTittel procedure to retain a copy for future use
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