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Hyder Abbass

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When I’m surfing the web, I usually have at least a dozen of tabs open, and it often happens that I accidentally close a tab with something important in it. Well, I could just open a new tab and re-type the URL again but what if I don’t remember it? I bet you can relate to this situation. In this post, I’ll show you how you can open your recently closed tabs in common browsers, including Chrome and Firefox.

See also : How to kill unresponsive tabs using Chrome task manager

Open recently closed tabs

There are various ways to restore your closed tab. For example, you can go to your browser history and search for the last website you have visited there. But what if you have configured your browser not to save history? Fortunately, there’s a better and faster way of doing that!

If you are more comfortable with working with keyboard shortcuts, you can use CTRL+Shift+T to open your recently tabs. If you would like to restore the last three accidentally closed tabs, press that shortcut keys thrice. I have tested this keyboard shortcut in Chrome, Firefox,Opera and Internet explorer (Yes, even IE!). It works flawlessly.

If you happen to forget that precious keyboard shortcut, here’s how you can find that settings in different browsers.

For Chrome users:
Right-click on an existing tab strip and select Reopen closed tabs. You can open up to the last 10 closed tabs.
Open recently closed tabs in chrome

For Firefox users:
Go to History> Recently closed tabs > Restore all tabs. You can also just right-click on an already opened tab and choose Undo close tab.
How to reopen closed tab in firefox

For Internet explorer users:
I’m not sure if people still uses this browser but still here’s how you can restore your closed tabs: 🙂
Open closed tabs in internet explorer

Re-open tab after closing your browser

Everything I have explained so far will work on the condition that you are not trying to restore a closed tab AFTER closing your browser. So if you had like to get your tabs and windows back after a browser crash or closing your browser accidentally, you can click on the Restore Previous Session button at the bottom in Firefox.
Restore previous session in Firefox

In order to get back to where you were previously in Chrome, you will automatically be prompted to restore your previous session if you had a browser crash. However, if you closed chrome accidentally, you won’t have such option. That does not mean you cannot restore your tabs.

You can configure Chrome to automatically reopen tabs you have previously opened in your last session. To enable it, go to Settings >Continue where you left. Next time you open Google Chrome, it will automatically open the last tabs you opened in your previous session.

How to restore session in Chrome


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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

I do :)
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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Gosh I have closed my Chrome tabs accidentally so many times in my life !! I wish I have found your article before!
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Who still remembers the days where browsers didn't have tabs and we have to open in a new window each time we want to browse another page silmultaneously? :')
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

I know that feeling Zico!
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Zico Folcon

Monday, September 1st, 2014

My browser crashed just after writing a long blog post on my blog. Luckily, I remembered how to open recently closed tabs!
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Juleika Bidai

Monday, September 1st, 2014

This tip saved my ass a couple of times ;)
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Friday, August 22nd, 2014

It happened to me many times before to close a tab by mistake. Now I know what to do ;)