Open the file in the same instance of the application

  • I have written an application in Qt where it reads an xml file (file with diagrams and scene). I had registered the extension to open with my application on double clicking in Windows.
    This file would open a new tab (which is a feature of the application. So I could open several files together in tabs. This behaviour seemed to have disappeared. Now each time I double click on the file it opens a new instance. The difference I noticed when I upgraded to 5.7.0 (Sorry but during the several upgrades might have missed which upgrades had this broken).

    Not sure if this is a setting in Qt which can be triggered back. Windows OS questions seem like this has to be baked within the application since the OS does not handle this.

    If I need to provide more information please let me know. I hope I have framed the question correctly.

    Thanks in advance.

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    @vivian Are you sure it was working before as you described?
    Actually you have to implement this in your app. I don't think Qt ever supported this without additional implementation.
    There is something you can use for this:

  • @vivian Yea that should never have worked without you adding in support for it.

    You need a singleton application like @jsulm posted. Then you need to handle getting the filename via the shell and code it to open a new tab.

    That's really odd that ever worked before. It's certainly not part of Qt.

  • @ambershark @jsulm Thank you for your input. I am trying my best to get the oldest version of my application to confirm that.
    I will keep you posted on this. Hoping to add this as part of the application.

  • @vivian The good news is it's quite easy to add using that qtsingleapplication @jsulm mentioned.

    Then you just need to deal with the extra tab being opened which should also be quite trivial.

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