There is a
gedit setting called
notebook-show-tabs-mode, which is usually set by default to 'always', which means every new document opened will open in a tab. However, if you set it to 'auto' by entering the command below in the terminal,
gedit will not open in a tab unless another document is currently open.
gsettings set org.gnome.gedit.preferences.ui notebook-show-tabs-mode 'auto'
However, if you want to make sure that no tabs are ever opened, choose the 'never' setting, so that is probably what you want. You may then need to use the File menu within
gedit to switch between documents, although
gedit will still warn you when you try to close it if there are still unsaved documents. This is the command you want in this case:
gsettings set org.gnome.gedit.preferences.ui notebook-show-tabs-mode 'never'
To return to the default settings, use 'always' in the command above instead. You can also find the whole list of hidden settings for
gedit by entering
gsettings list-recursively | grep -i gedit
but I think the
notebook-show-tabs-mode setting is maybe the one you want.
However, after considering your comment, I think you could also use the standalone (
gedit option, as that will open each new document in a new window. Create a
.desktop file like this and make it executable and put in
Exec=/usr/bin/gedit -s %U
Then simply associate it with text files by editing
~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list and add the following to these sections of the file (backing it up first):
geditspecial with the name of your own
.desktop launcher. Now when you click text files they will all open in separate instances.