I would like to be able to go into Finder and open files into an existing instance of Sublime Text 2, which has a side menu with all open files. However, when I hit Open With -> Sublime Text 2.app, it opens a whole new instance of Sublime, which is not what I want. I can certainly accomplish grouping of my documents in a single instance if I open them within the application but that requires more steps and time, i.e. is not always as convenient as opening them from Finder.

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As shown in this answer on SuperUser, you can set this behaviour by changing the open_files_in_new_window setting in Sublime Text to false. (Note that it's recommended that you override the setting in the Settings - User file rather than changing it in Settings - Default.)

  • thanks, it is not clear whether the prefs from the S.U. answer pertain to Finder or Sublime
    – amphibient
    Commented Aug 14, 2013 at 19:49
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    Those are definitely Sublime Text's preferences, not the Finder's.
    – Dan J
    Commented Aug 14, 2013 at 20:29
  • unfortunately, those instructions did not work for me. see my comment on S.U.
    – amphibient
    Commented Aug 14, 2013 at 20:49

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