Having already opened several text files with each in one tab in a window, now open another text file,

  1. gedit sometimes creates another window instead of a session under the current window. I wonder if it is possible to control whether to open the next file under the current window, or in a new one?
  2. if the text file has already been opened, gedit sometimes open it again in another window, and ask me if I want to edit or not. I was wondering how to make gedit not to open a file already opened?


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    Is this the same as this Q&A? askubuntu.com/questions/75671/…
    – fossfreedom
    Sep 1, 2012 at 16:16
  • close, but I asked much earlier than that one.
    – Tim
    Sep 1, 2012 at 16:25
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    it doesnt really matter who asked first - we can merge the answers to either Q - what I need to know is, if that linked Q is the same in your eyes and if so, does the answer do what you are looking for?
    – fossfreedom
    Sep 1, 2012 at 16:28

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If you open the file from gedit (Ctrl+O, or use the big 'Open' button shown) it will open the new file in a new tab. If you open new files from Nautilus (or another file manager), it may or may not. Also, as @harisibrahimkv points out, files with different permissions/users will be handled differently.

gedit file open dialog


This sometimes happen if you are trying to open files with different permissions. As in, if you open a file with sudo while gedit is already open, it might open in another window.

  • BUt in all my cases, the files have the same permission
    – Tim
    May 1, 2012 at 13:31

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