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How to keep Windows from opening new copy of same txt file

by ParrotSlave / January 6, 2013 8:27 PM PST

I suppose I could use Word instead of notepad, but I don't want to wait forever for the files to open. Windows8 and 7 will let you open as many different copies of the same txt file as you want. With keeping my computer on most of the time, and doing various things, sometimes I forget that I have a file open. The most common instance is my list of software keys and activation codes. I had to reinstall something yesterday and had the file open, and it ended up behind a bunch of windows. Much later, I bought a new piece of software and had to add something to the list, a couple of somethings. I saved and closed--fine. Then, turning the computer off, it told me that my "Versions" file was still open--did I want to save, or what? At that point, I had to cancel the shutdown, open the saved copy, compare the saved copy with the one that was still open to see which information was different. Obviously, at that moment, I had not figured out which copy was which. If I had saved, it would have overwritten the changes, by reverting to the old version that I had open. I've had this happen several times, sometimes with new information in each file. This would be an easy fix: I fail to understand why, when I try to open a txt file, Windows does not alert me that it is already open, and do I want to open another copy? This is a huge waste of time

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That's called an app.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 7, 2013 4:57 AM PST

Since notepad is not open source you should go get a replacement editor that does what you want or look into any open source editor to make the change.

I can't guess if you need to discuss MFST's take on apps. "It works, ship it."

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I had thought about getting a 3rd party app, but--
by ParrotSlave / January 8, 2013 9:54 PM PST
In reply to: That's called an app.

I am thinking that it is a Windows issue. For instance, just yesterday I cut and pasted a file from my desktop to an external drive. I went back to the folder I had been in to copy some other files to their "final" destinations, when I noticed that the file I had just removed was still listed. I F5ed the folder, and it was still there, so I thought, maybe I had clicked the wrong thing on the context menu, or maybe I had not really selected any option. I wasn't paying that much attention since the operation is pretty automatic. So I cut and pasted again. The copying dialog box came up and got stuck at 93%. What the heck? What is Windows doing? Time for troubleshooting, so I started getting rid of other windows and, lo and behold, there was another copying dialog box from the first cut and paste still open--also stuck at 93%. So Windows can also try to cut and paste the same file from the same location at the same time, which suggests to me that the problem is not the app, but Windows.

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I can guess
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 8, 2013 11:33 PM PST

That in the past you heard advice to not jump to the latest Windows but want for the Service Pack.

Also, why are you using Explorer when DIR (command line) still works?

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