When I open a file in gedit and there is another gedit window opened, then the file is opened in a new tab in the already existing gedit instance instead of in a new gedit window. This can be very annoying, especially if the gedit window is on another desktop.

How can I set gedit to always open new files in new windows?

I am using Xubuntu 22.04 and the answers I've found about this issue are for older versions and do not work with my version.

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Customize the .desktop launcher for Gedit by settings:

  • Set DBusActivatable= to false such that dbus is not used to communicate with the application
  • Add the --new-window option to the Exec= line so it looks like Exec=gedit --new-window %U.

The .desktop launcher is found under /usr/share/applications. On my system, it is called /usr/share/applications/org.gnome.gedit.desktop. Copy that file to your ~/.local/share/applications folder, and make the changes indicated above to that copy. That copy will override the system-installed file. Note also that there is no need to be root to perform this customization.

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