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April 21, 2011

Preventing PsPad from Opening the Last File Used on Startup

Filed under: Tools — Joe Casella @ 11:59 am
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I recently started using PsPad as a general purpose text editor. It’s freeware, portable, and offers a lot of great editing features such as syntax highlighting, bracket matching, and regular expressions.  It also has a macro recorder and can be scripted in VBScript and JScript.

One thing I didn’t like was that the application defaulted to opening the last open file or project on startup. It’s not obvious how to change the setting because the it isn’t listed as a startup setting. Here’s where to find it:

On the Settings menu, click Program Settings to open the Program Settings property sheet.

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Select the Files and Dirs settings to open the file preferences:

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Change the Save Work/Desktop setting from “In PsPad opened files only” to “Don’t restore files”.

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Click OK and restart PsPad.  It will now open to an empty workspace.

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3 Comments »

  1. I’m always looking for new text editors.

    From what I could tell at the site, it doesn’t appear that this app has been updated in nearly two years. Is it still being developed?

    Other things you might try:

    Notepad++
    EditPadPro
    jEdit
    Vim 🙂

    Comment by Fred — May 2, 2011 @ 11:15 am | Reply

    • It looks like there’s a more recent beta version available in the forums (http://forum.pspad.com/read.php?6,56138) but it looks the most recent production version is still from 2009. I switched from vim to PsPad because I just didn’t spend enough time in an editor to stay proficient in vim. I’m finding it works pretty well with Python as well. One of these days I’ll submit a followup post showing how to add a compiler setting for Python, it’s also not obvious from the menus.

      Comment by Joe Casella — May 4, 2011 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

  2. Change the Save Work/Desktop setting from “In PsPad opened files only” to “Don’t restore files”.
    Click OK and restart PsPad. It will now open to an empty workspace.

    Sorry. But I don’t wish AN EMPTY WORKSPACE. I prefer PsPad Editor opens file double clicked by me. But in the case you told I open an empty PsPad Editor. It is not comfortable. After that I need drag and drop a file to see it into PsPad Editor
    I had and old version of PsPad Editor 4.5.2. it works properly and it doesnt have this option in its settings. (SAVE WORK / DESKTOP)
    What should I change to its work properly?

    Comment by LAMM — May 17, 2012 @ 8:43 am | Reply


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