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In some operating system (especially Windows) allows people to browse the file-system right-click on a file and either 'open with application' or 'open with running instance of Application'. The latter will open the file in a an already running instance of Padre.

The same will happen if you launch padre again when it is already running.


  1. Start Padre
  2. In Tools -> Preferences -> Behaviour: Enable Open Files in existing Padre
  3. Restart Padre
  4. Open a file via Ctrl+O
  5. In the command line of your operating system (Cmd in Windows) type {{{padre SOME_FILE}}}
  6. Observe the file opened in the same instance of Padre as you had earlier
  7. Now disable Open Files in existing Padre
  8. Restart Padre
  9. In the command line of the OS type again {{{padre SOME_FILE}}}
  10. Observe that it start a new instance of Padre with the selected file open in it.