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I'm using a new install of Ubuntu 12.04 MATE edition. I'd installed gedit which had been working normally, ie if i did gedit filename, and gedit was already open, it opened the file in a new tab.

On friday, though, something weird happened and I was logged out. When I logged back in, gedit now always opens a new instance when i do gedit filename from the terminal. If I'm in Gedit, and open file using the menu, then it makes a new tab.

I did a reboot, and the problem persists. Does anyone know how I can fix this? I only ever want one Gedit open.

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    askubuntu.com/a/79295, have a look at this answer. – Hunter.S.Thompson Apr 16 '18 at 9:34
  • Thanks - I saw that but it involves building your own version of gedit, which I'd rather not do if I can help it. Given that it used to do the desired behaviour, I'd prefer to just find out what the change is and undo it if possible. – Max Williams Apr 16 '18 at 10:05

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