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How to Open Recently Closed Tab in Google Chrome

Google Chrome give you option of continuing a session where you left it off.
Samyak Lalit | October 7, 2015 (Last update: September 22, 2017)

Samyak Lalit is an Indian author and disability rights activist. He is the principal author and founder of projects like TechWelkin, WeCapable, Viklangta, Kavita Kosh among many others.

Yet another article to answer a reader’s query! Sometime ago I had written an article about how to open a new tab in browser with JavaScript. A reader of that article, Jenna Sawyer, sent me a message and said that sometimes she closes tabs in her Google Chrome browser by mistake. This often happens with people who use a clumsy mouse. You also must have sometimes unintentionally clicked the cross button and an important tab would vanished from view! Jenna asked me if it is possible to open recently closed tabs in Chrome? The answer is yes! You can indeed restore and open accidentally closed tabs in Google Chrome. Let’s see how to do this.

How to Open Accidentally Closed Tab in Google Chrome

As I research a lot on Internet, I often find a big number of tabs opened in my Chrome browser. Upon noticing the clutter, I would decide to close the unwanted tabs and start clicking the cross button —but with that quick succession of clicks, I sometimes manage to close even a tab that I actually needed! Uff! And then I would rummage through the browsing history to find the URL I so desperately needed. But now there are simpler ways to get your recently closed tab(s) back.

Method 1: Use Chrome Menu

Go to Chrome Settings menu > History and recent tabs > Select the tab you want to open.

At present this option shows the last 8 tabs that were opened. You will not be able to open any older tabs with this option.

This option works both in Windows and Mac iOS.

Image showing history and recent tabs option in Google Chrome.

Image showing history and recent tabs option in Google Chrome.

Method 2: Use Chrome Keyboard Shortcut

I love this tiny but very useful option. Just press Ctrl + Shift + T keys together and the very last tab that you had closed will open again. This shortcut key combination is very handy is you realize your mistake right after closing the tab.

In case of Mac iOS, the shortcut key is Command + Alt + T

This option will not be able to open any tabs older than the last closed tab.

Method 3: Use Chrome History

If you need to open even older tabs then you will have to sift through the browsing history. Please note that if you have been surfing the Internet using the Incognito Window, the browsing history will not be recorded.

Go to Settings menu > History and recent tabs > History

You can also open a new tab in Chrome and go to chrome://history URL to view your history.

And the simplest method is to use the Ctrl + H shortcut.

Browse through the history and select the tab that you want to open again.

Always Open Previous Tabs When You Start Chrome

In certain cases, people want to begin their new Chrome session exactly from where they had left the previous browsing session. If you also need to do so, you can easily configure Chrome for this:

Go to Settings menu > Settings > Under On startup select the option Continue where you left off

Google Chrome give you option of continuing a session where you left it off.

Google Chrome give you option of continuing a session where you left it off.

Now whenever you will launch Google Chrome, it will automatically reopen all the tabs that were opened when you had closed Chrome last time.

Chrome has Crashed, How to Reopen Tabs?

This is a no-worry issue. Google Chrome saves the browsing sessions on its own and if Chrome crashes, it will give you the option to Restore session as it was before the crash. When you will restart Chrome, you will get a message saying that

Google Chrome didn’t shutdown correctly. To reopen the pages you had opened click Restore.

Google Chrome offers to restore session in case of a crash.

Google Chrome offers to restore session in case of a crash.

I hope this tiny tip would be useful for you and save you some precious time. If you have any questions on this topic, please feel free to ask me in comments section. I will try to assist you. Thank you for using TechWelkin.


7 responses to “How to Open Recently Closed Tab in Google Chrome”

  1. says:

    Like Opera, Microsoft Edge does not have a way to manually open all the tabs from the last browsing session.

  2. Poopy Doo says:

    Had 6 sets of tabs open when shut down to “update” a program.

    5 sets do NOT appear in history.

    Need them, what can I do.

  3. Christina says:

    How do you open up the recently closed history in chrome?

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Go to Settings > History > Recently Closed. You can open the last closed tab by pressing Ctrl+Shift+T.

  4. Jonathan says:

    Recently, the shift+crtl+t shortcut started opening the recently closed WINDOW, and not the recently closed tab. Any ideas or possible solutions.

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Hi Jonathan, we could not replicate this issue. When we do CTRL + SHIFT + T in Chrome, the last closed website opens up in a new tab.

      • Jonathan says:

        Maybe it was a minor glitch or something… Idk… But restarted comp and it’s working fine now… Thanks anyways…

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