I want to open a PDF file multiple times with evince. I want to do this to be able to look at different sections of the same file at the same time. Every time I try to open the file again, it only brings up the already opened evince window with my PDF file. I also tried to open a new evince window and then opening my file by using the menu of evince.

Is there any possibility to do this?


In evince you can use File --> Open a Copy to open another window showing the same file.

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    It's a nice feature and all. But first they create a problem, by ignoring multiple invocations, then they give you a menu entry to work around the problem they created. Grr. – Adrian Ratnapala Apr 19 '14 at 7:26
  • Heh! It's so easy!) Feel like a noob (maybe it's true) ;P – Timur Fayzrakhmanov Dec 13 '14 at 9:36

The accepted answer for this doesn't work for Evince anymore. To view the document multiple times in that program, select "View in new window" from the menu.

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    In Ubuntu 14.04 the menu of Evince is patched to have the old menus. Nevertheless your answer is (probably) correct for everyone who does not use an old or patched version of Evince. Thank you! – Wauzl May 6 '14 at 7:46
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    It might be worth updating this answer with something specifying in which cases the accepted solution does not work (any other case besides ubuntu 14.04? Perhaps some old evince version?). Otherwise this seems contradictory and confusing. – antosecret Feb 8 '17 at 20:26

In Ubuntu 18.04 I found no "View in new window" but did find "Open a copy" under the "File Options" button on the far right. This opens a new instance. Later I found that you won't see the content until you scroll it.

  • Thanks a lot for this answer! :) I think the second sentence is completely redundant though. – Line Feb 1 at 9:25

There is no File menu in Ubuntu 18.04's Evince. The other options:

  1. Use Ctrl+N shortcut. It can be found in Keyboard Shortcuts with
    • Keyboard Shortcuts in Alt menu options search
    • Document Viewer -> Keyboard Shortcuts menu
  2. Use menu ☰ -> Open a Copy in the right upper angle, as in Rob's comment.

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