- Use “Ctrl + Shift + T” to reopen or restore a recently closed tab.
- If you accidentally closed your browser window or crashed, you can quickly restore the previous session with just a few clicks.
- You can restore earlier closed tabs or entire sessions from the “Menu -> History” menu.
Accidentally closed a tab, or had your browser crash? Don’t worry; Chrome has a solution for restoring closed tabs and previous sessions.
For example, imagine you’re working on an important project and have multiple tabs open, each with a different source of information. Suddenly, your computer crashes, and you lose all of your open tabs. In these kinds of situations, rather than going through your memory to find which tabs are open, wouldn’t it be nice if you could reopen the closed tabs or the crashed session?
Thankfully, the Chrome browser has safeguards to help you restore closed tabs and sessions. With just a few clicks, you can easily pick up right where you left off, without having to manually search for the pages you had open.
In this quick guide, let me walk you through the process of restoring tabs and previous sessions in Chrome.
Table of contents:
- How to restore tabs in Chrome
- How to restore the previous session in Chrome
- How to restore tabs from Chrome history
How to restore tabs in Chrome
If you closed a tab accidentally or intentionally, use the “Ctrl + Shift + T” keyboard shortcut to open the last closed tab.
Alternatively, you can also right-click on the Chrome title bar (not on a tab) and select the “Reopen closed tab” option. This action will immediately open the last closed tab.
If you want to open a specific tab you closed earlier (for example, a day ago), you can use Chrome’s History menu or page. To start, click on the “Menu” (three vertical dots) and select the “History” option. It will show a summary of the last few closed tabs. If the tab you closed is listed here, click on it to restore the tab.
If not, select the “History” option. You can get to this same page by pressing the “Ctrl + H” keyboard shortcut or typing “chrome://history/” in the address bar.
Once you are on the history page, find the page you want to restore and click on it. You can also use the search bar at the top of the page to quickly find the page you want to restore. As soon as you click on the page, Chrome restores the tab immediately.
How to restore the previous session in Chrome
If you accidentally closed the browser window, Chrome crashed, or your system crashed, you can restore the previous session with just a few clicks. Here’s how:
First, click on the “Menu” icon (three vertical dots) in the top right corner and hover the mouse pointer over the “History” option. It will open a sub-menu with all the recent tabs. In the same list, you should also see an entry that shows the number of tabs (for example, 6 tabs). Hover over the option to open the sub-menu and click on the “Restore window” to restore the previous session in Chrome.
If you have multiple closed sessions, you will see multiple such entries, and clicking on them will restore all the previous tabs at once.
How to restore tabs from Chrome history
You can also restore closed tabs in Chrome from the history page. This method is particularly useful if the tab you want to restore is closed a long time again, like the previous day, week, month, etc.
First, open the Chrome browser if it is not already opened. Next, either press the “Ctrl key + H” keyboard shortcut or click on the “Menu” icon in the top-right corner and select the “History -> History” option. This action opens the Chrome browsing history page in a new tab.
Once you are on the history page, you will see a list of all the websites you’ve visited. Find the tab you want to restore and click on it.
If you can’t find the tab in the list, you can search using the search bar at the top of the page.
Restoring tabs in Chrome — Conclusion
As you can see, restoring tabs and sessions in Chrome is a straightforward process. Whether you accidentally closed a tab or your browser crashed, you can easily regain access to your lost tabs and sessions with just a few clicks and pick up right where you left off.
That is all. It is that simple to restore tabs and sessions in Chrome.
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