How to open a second instance of an application in Windows 10/8/7

It happens many a times that you need to open a second instance of the same application and run them on your Windows computer at the same time. If you already have an application open on your desktop and you’d like to open another instance of the same application, you need not go through your Start menu.


Open second instance of an application

Simply press down Shift key and click on the program icon in the taskbar.

Alternatively, simply move your cursor to the applications taskbar icon and click on the third middle mouse button.

Small tips like these make working with Windows that much more easier.

If you know of any other such tidbits and more one-line quick tips, please do share with us in the comments section.

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