April 21, 2011

Preventing PsPad from Opening the Last File Used on Startup

Filed under: Tools — Joe Casella @ 11:59 am

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.


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


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.



  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:

    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 (,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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