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how do you open multiple instances of notepad

  1. #1

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    windows 8 pro N

    how do you open multiple instances of notepad

    I pinned notepad to the start menu, when I click it I expect to see a new instance of notepad if there is already 1 instance running but instead it refocuses on the already running instance

    I know this can be achieved by right-clicking the start menu shortcut then clicking Open in New Window. I would like the shortcut to always Open in New Window when i run it. i Assume I hve to do change keys in registry? Whay keys should i change?

    Edit: i created a shortcut in the desktop that point to notepad and it actually opens new instances instead of refocusing but I would really like to know how to change shortcut behaviors in the start menu interface so i could run multiple notepads from the start menu interface

    btw, what is this new startmenu interface called?

    I would like to ask for resources on how you edit the Buttons in the start-menu in a way that you can actually modify how they are ran (e.g. ran with parameters, etc.)

    and also, where is the "start screen settings" (in which I do not mean the change-colors-only settings)?
    Last edited by Brink; 16 Nov 2012 at 11:27. Reason: merged

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  2. #2

    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    i have notepad pinned to my taskbar. that's the easiest way. especially for multiple instances.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Pro

    I think I figured this out.
    Open your first instance the normal way. Then right-click Notepad in the taskbar, and click Notepad. This will open a second instance.
    (The weirdness is, in some ways, a motivation to get another text editor like Notepad++ though)
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how do you open multiple instances of notepad
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