Accidentally closed a tab, or the browser crashed? Here’s how to restore tabs and the previous session in the Microsoft Edge browser.
It might not happen often, but if you use a browser long enough, you will face a situation where you need to reopen or restore the last closed tab or an entire previous session with multiple tabs. Thankfully, like any other web browser, you can do it easily in the Microsoft Edge browser.
For example, while researching a personal project, my Edge browser crashed due to a misbehaving web app. Thankfully, I was able to reopen the previous session and restore all the tabs in the Edge browser to start where I left off.
In this article, let me show you how you can use the built-in options to restore tabs in the Edge browser, restore or reopen the previous session, and how to configure the Edge browser to restore tabs after a restart.
Table of contents:
- How to restore tabs in the Edge browser
- How to restore the previous session in the Edge browser
- How to open tabs from the previous session after a restart in Edge
How to restore tabs in the Edge browser
You can restore closed tabs in the Edge browser in four ways. I will show all four methods; follow the one you like.
You can press the “Ctrl + Shift + T” keyboard shortcut to restore a recently closed tab. As soon as you press it, Edge will reopen the last closed tab.
Alternatively, you can also right-click on the empty space on the title bar and select the “Reopen closed tab” option. Just like with the keyboard shortcut, Edge will immediately open the last closed tab.
If you want to open a tab that you closed some time ago, you can use the History menu. To start off, click on the “Menu” icon (three horizontal dots) in the top right corner and select the “History” option.
It will open the History menu. Here, find the tab you want to reopen, click on it, and the tab is restored instantly.
You can also reopen closed tabs from the history page. To open the history page in the Edge browser, type “edge://history” in the address bar and press the “Enter” button on your keyboard.
Now, find the tab you want to restore and click on it. If you cannot find it in the list, use the search bar at the top of the page to filter the list.
How to restore the previous session in the Edge browser
If your edge browser crashed or you accidentally closed it, you can restore the last session to reopen all the closed tabs at once. Here’s how.
First, open the Edge browser if it is not already. Next, click on the “Menu” icon (three horizontal dots) and click on the “History” option.
The action will open the History menu. Here, go to the “Recently closed” tab. You will find all the tabs of the last session grouped together (for example, WebsiteName and 6 more). Click on it to restore the session.
The above action will instantly open all the tabs of the previous session in a new window.
How to open tabs from the previous session after a restart in Edge
You can configure the Edge browser to automatically reopen tabs from the previous session after a restart. That way, you don’t have to restore the tabs or sessions manually. Here’s how to do it.
First, open the Microsoft Edge browser. You can search for it in the Start menu or click on the Edge icon on the taskbar. Once the Edge browser opens, click on the “Menu” icon (three horizontal dots) and click on the “Settings” option.
Click on the “Start, home, and new tabs” option on the sidebar. Next, select the “Open tabs from previous session” option under the “When Edge starts” section.
That is it. From now on, the Edge browser will automatically open tabs from the previous session on restart.
Restoring tabs in the Edge browser — Conclusion
All in all, knowing how to restore closed tabs and crashed browsing sessions in the Edge browser will help you save a lot of time and frustration. If you want, you can follow the steps shown above to configure Edge to automatically reopen tabs from the previous session as soon as you launch or restart the browser.
Are you are Chrome user? Here’s how to restore closed tabs in Chrome.
That is all. It is that simple to restore tabs and previous sessions in the Edge browser.
I hope this simple and easy Windows how-to guide helped you.
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