Bug (?) Highlight text in a file then select Run -> Open file in another instance causes loop



  • If you highlight text in a file then select Run -> Open file in another instance, the other instance opens and goes into a loop where NotePad++ will attempt to create a file with a name of each word in the highlighted text.

    E.g. File contains the words

    Hello World

    NotePad++ will open the other instance, and try to create a file called Hello, then fail, and another called World and also fail.

    Is this a known issue?

    I did this by mistake with a SQL file and a lot of it highlighted, and got about 50 dialogue windows asking to create files ‘CASE’ ‘WHEN’ etc…

    Not highlighting any text and just selecting ‘Run -> Open file in another instance’ doesnt work either. The New instance just has a blank ‘New 1’ file open instead.



  • @Ryan-Lloyd

    So here’s how it works. It takes your selection and assumes that you want to open that as a file (or files). If your selection contains spaces and doesn’t have double quotes, then each space-separated “token” will be considered a different file. If each token doesn’t contain path information, Notepad++ will attempt to open that “file” in the current folder (which in the portable install I use, is the folder that Notepad++.exe lives in). If the “intended” file isn’t found, Notepad++ will prompt to create it.

    I think this as described is what you are seeing. I don’t think of it as a “bug”, but maybe just something that is less than ideal. :-)
    If you are going to use this feature, I’d suggest being careful about what text is selected when you activate it.

    Contrast this behavior with the right-click (in a document tab window) entry Open File. There, if you have a similar selection when invoking the feature, you get a popup box that says The file you’re trying to open doesn’t exist. Perhaps it would be better if the Run menu’s version worked similarly…


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