When it comes to viewing a video or playing music perhaps, if we want to open another file we end up with several windows, something that is quite annoying because we have to close one at a time. But it is possible to avoid that VLC open multiple windows In Windows 10 and 11, we are going to show you how next.
We cannot deny that VLC is one of the best multimedia players we have not only for Windows, but also for other operating systems such as Android.
One of the great advantages of this player is that it comes with many interesting functions that the default player of the Microsoft operating system does not have, we can even use VLC to convert MKV videos to MP4, among many other things.
Something that is activated by default is the possibility of opening several windows when we want to reproduce different content. This can be annoying, but luckily, it is possible to disable the function and thus always open everything in the same window.
How to prevent VLC from opening multiple windows in Windows
The first thing we will have to do is open the VLC media player on our computer, for this we double click on the icon that we have on the desktop or we can press “Start” and then type “VLC”. Then we will have to click on “Tools” in the menu bar at the top. A menu with many options is displayed, the one we are looking for is the one that says “Preferences” so we click on it. Additionally we can use the shortcut “Ctrl + P” to open preferences directly.
A new window opens where we will have to scroll down until we find “Playlist and instances”. We will have to mark the button that says “Allow only one instance” and then we click “Save” at the bottom of the window so that all changes are saved.
In this way we are going to prevent VLC from opening several or multiple windows in Windows 10. Obviously, we can deactivate this function so that many windows are opened in case it is necessary; we simply redo the steps, but uncheck “Allow only one instance”.