I have Vim 8.1.1 on Windows 7.

I can click on the file with right mouse button, and there will be an option "Edit with Vim". Then, if I click another file, there will be two options: "Edit with Vim" and "Edit with existing Vim".

As I understand, the second option should open the file as a new buffer of the existing Vim. But actually it simply does nothing.

What I'm doing wrong?

(To open multiple files as different buffers, the following way works fine:

  • Select multiple files,
  • click on them,
  • and select "Edit with single Vim".

However, I'm wondering why "Edit with existing Vim" doesn't work as I expected.)

  • 1
    There's some info in the wiki: vim.fandom.com/wiki/Launch_files_in_new_tabs_under_Windows It seems to be something to do with the registry. Using the SendTo method works.
    – Herb
    Mar 9, 2020 at 18:42
  • It seems the link doesn't cover the described case
    – john c. j.
    Mar 9, 2020 at 19:19
  • 1
    It's the registry changes that provide those links in the context menu.
    – Herb
    Mar 9, 2020 at 19:48


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