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How to restore recently closed tabs in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge

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You accidentally closed a tab and then realized you weren’t done with that web page. Or, she wants to open that slippery web page she visited last week, but she forgot to bookmark it. Don’t worry, you can get your closed tabs back.

For each of the five browsers, we’ll show you how to reopen the last closed tab, how to access your browsing history in each browser so you can reopen tabs you closed in previous browsing sessions, and how to manually open all tabs from your browser. last browsing session.

Google Chrome

To reopen the most recently closed tab in Google Chrome, right-click on the tab bar and select “Reopen Closed Tab” from the popup menu. You can also press Ctrl + Shift + T on your keyboard to reopen the last closed tab. Repeatedly selecting “Reopen Closed Tab” or pressing Ctrl + Shift + T will open previously closed tabs in the order they were closed.

The option is in a different place in the menu depending on whether you right-clicked on a tab or on an empty part of the tab bar.

If you can’t remember the URL or name of a web page you visited last week that you want to visit again, you can check your browsing history to see if looking at the web pages you’ve visited refreshes your memory. To access your browsing history, click the Chrome menu button (three horizontal bars) in the upper right corner of the browser window. Then select History > History.

In the “Recently Closed” submenu, selecting the option that says “X Tabs” (for example, “2 Tabs”) will open many recently closed tabs in a new browser window.

Your browsing history is displayed in a new tab, grouped into time periods. To open the web page from today, yesterday or from a specific date in the past, simply click on the link of the page you want. The web page opens in the same tab.

Chrome's history page sorts your browsing by date and time.

firefox

To reopen the last closed tab in Firefox, right-click on the tab bar and select “Reopen Closed Tab” from the popup menu. You can also press Ctrl + Shift + T on your keyboard to open the last closed tab. Repeatedly selecting “Reopen Closed Tab” or pressing Ctrl + Shift + T will open previously closed tabs in the order they were closed.

Again, the option is in a different place in the menu depending on whether you right-clicked on a tab or on an empty part of the tab bar.

To reopen a specific web page or tab that you’ve closed, click the Firefox menu button (three horizontal bars) in the upper right corner of the browser window. Then click “History.”

The History menu will appear. Click on a web page to open it in the current tab. Notice that recently closed tabs are listed under “Recent History”. You can also click “Restore Closed Tabs” to restore all tabs listed under that heading to new tabs in the current browser window.

Again, maybe you forgot the name or URL of a web page you visited last week. You can view your Firefox browsing history for periods of time in a sidebar by pressing Ctrl + h.

In the History sidebar, click “Last 7 Days” to see all the web pages you’ve visited in the last week. Click on a site to view it in the current tab. You can also view lists of web pages that you visited in previous months and that are more than six months old. The History sidebar stays open until you close it with the “X” button in the upper right corner of the panel.

You can view your browsing history by time period,

You can also access your browsing history in a dialog box by clicking “Manage History” in the History menu.

In the left panel, in the Library dialog, you can access your browsing history by time period, and then double-click a site in the right panel to open it in the current tab.

You can also view your history in a separate window.

If you want to open all the tabs you had open in your last browsing session, select “Restore Previous Session” from the “History” menu. Tabs open in the current browser window, and the window resizes to the size it was in the last browsing session if the size was different.

Opera

To reopen the last closed tab in Opera, right-click on the tab bar and select “Reopen Last Closed Tab” from the dropdown list or press Ctrl + Shift + T on your keyboard. Repeatedly selecting Reopen Last Closed Tab or pressing Ctrl + Shift + T will open previously closed tabs in the order they were closed.

The option is in a different place in the menu depending on whether you right-clicked on a tab or on an empty part of the tab bar.

You can also click the history button on the left sidebar of the browser window to expand a list of recently closed tabs. Click on the name of the web page you want to reopen in a new tab.

If you want to reopen a web page you viewed today, yesterday, or even further back, you can also access it by clicking the History button. You can scroll up and down the history menu that appears, or you can click “Open Full History View”.

Alternatively, click the Opera Menu button in the top left corner of the browser window and select “History” from the dropdown menu,

The History page is displayed with links organized by date. To reopen a web page, simply click on it in the list. The page will open in a new tab to the right of the History tab.

Opera doesn’t have a way to manually open all tabs from the last browsing session, but it will automatically reopen all open tabs at the end of the last session when it’s next launched.

internet explorer

Note: Internet Explorer will be completely deprecated as of June 15, 2022 and should be avoided unless it has an extremely specific purpose. Even then, Microsoft Edge has an Internet Explorer mode that will probably do what you need.

To reopen the most recently closed tab in Internet Explorer, right-click a tab and select “Reopen Closed Tab”, or press Ctrl + Shift + T on your keyboard. Repeatedly selecting Reopen Closed Tab, or pressing Ctrl + Shift + T will open previously closed tabs in the order they were closed.

If you want to choose from a list of recently closed tabs, right-click any tab and select “Recently Closed Tabs” and then select the web page you want to reopen from the submenu. You can also open all closed tabs from the current session in new tabs by selecting “Open all closed tabs”.

Note: The option to open recently closed tabs is only available when you right-click on a tab, not on empty space in the tab bar.

internet explorer "Recently Closed Tabs" menu.

Note: The feature mentioned below is not present in the final update of Internet Explorer, but has been left in the article in case some users are running an older version.

You can also reopen closed tabs from the New Tab page. To do so, open a new tab and click the “Reopen Closed Tabs” link in the bottom left corner of the New Tab page. Select a tab from the pop-up menu or select “Open All Closed Tabs” to reopen all tabs that were closed in the current session.

An option to reopen closed tabs present in earlier versions of Internet Explorer on the New Tab page.

If you just put a space in the name and URL of the web page you visited last week and want to open it again, you can view your Internet Explorer browsing history by time periods in the History sidebar. To do this, click the “View Favorites, Sources, and History” button in the upper right corner of the browser window, or press Alt + C on your keyboard.

Click the “History” tab, and then select the period of time corresponding to when you visited the web page you want to reopen. Look at the list that is displayed and click on the web page you want to reopen.

You can also easily reopen all the tabs from your last browsing session in Internet Explorer 11. To do this, you need to show the command bar, if it’s not already active. Right-click on any empty part of the tab bar and select “Command Bar” from the pop-up menu.

Click the “Tools” button on the command bar and select “Reopen last browsing session” from the drop-down menu. All tabs from your last browsing session open in new tabs in the current browser window.

microsoft edge

To reopen the most recently closed tab in Microsoft Edge, right-click on a tab or empty space in the tab bar, then select “Reopen Closed Tab” or press Ctrl + Shift + T on your keyboard. Repeatedly selecting Reopen Closed Tab, or pressing Ctrl + Shift + T, will open previously closed tabs in the order they were closed.

If you closed Microsoft Edge with multiple tabs open, press Ctrl + Shift + T to reopen all previous tabs simultaneously.

Note: The context menu that is displayed after right-clicking on a tab is different from the context menu that is displayed after right-clicking on an empty space in the tab bar. The tab context menu has more options specifically related to tabs, such as the option to pin a tab or mute the tab’s audio.

To reopen a web page you opened last week or earlier, click the menu button (three horizontal dots) on the toolbar in the upper right corner of the browser window.

Click on “History” in the drop-down menu and you will see a chronological list of your browsing history.

The history menu is sorted by date.

You can also press Ctrl + h to bring up the history menu, if you like to use hotkeys.

Microsoft Edge’s dedicated history page cannot be accessed through the UI or with a hotkey like in Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, but you can still access it. Type “border://history” in the search bar at the top, press Enter and it will open.

The full history page in Microsoft Edge.

There is a sidebar that has categorized your browsing history into time periods, such as “Last week”, “Yesterday” or “Oldest”. Click on any of the labels to see a list of web pages visited during that period, then click on the web page you want to reopen. The page will open in the current tab.

There are only two hotkeys to remember to manage your browsing history, no matter what browser you use: Ctrl + Shift + T and Ctrl + H. In the vast majority of browsers today, Ctrl + Shift + T will open your tab. (or tabs) most recent, and Ctrl + H will open a window or menu to view your browsing history. Browser user interfaces will certainly change in the future, but those shortcuts will probably stay the same for the foreseeable future, so they’re worth memorizing.

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