This article explains how to restore closed Chrome and Chromebook tabs and also how to restore a browsing session after a crash. We will start by restarting a closed tab and move on to keyboard shortcuts and more.
Note: If you are looking for chrome-native://recent-tabs, this page no longer exists. You can see a list of all available chrome:// URLs here: chrome://chrome-urls/
Restore Closed Tabs
To gets your tabs back:
- Click Settings (three dots icon next to your profile picture).
- Click History.
- Click the site that you want to reopen.
You can, however, do this quickly using a keyboard shortcut. Press CTRL + SHIFT + T to reopen the last tab that you closed.
Press the same keyboard combination again to open the tab before that. You can do this up to the last nine tabs. This keyboard shortcut works on all platforms including Windows 10, macOS, (Replace CTRL with CMD) Chromebooks, and Linux.
You can also right-click on the Chrome toolbar area outside the row of tabs and choose “Reopen closed tab”.
You can also open the history page (CTRL + H or CMD + Y on macOS) and open any tab from there. You also have the option to search for specific websites.
Restore Chrome Tabs After Crash
When Chrome restarts after a crash, you will see an option to restore all tabs from the previous session. Click Restore to reopen all those tabs. This allows you to get your tabs back.
Continue where you left off
Another option is to enable “Continue where you left off” in settings. With this enabled, Chrome will reopen all the tabs from your last browsing session every time you open the browser. To enable this:
- Open a new tab and go to chrome://settings.
- Under “On startup” select the radio button that says “Continue where you left off“
Restoring Chrome Tab Groups
Google Chrome allows you to group tabs and manage them in groups. You can reopen a closed tab group to reopen all of them together.
If the last item you closed is a tab group, you can use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + T to reopen the tab group.
For other recently closed tab groups:
- From the three-dots settings menu, select History.
- Now select Recently Closed.
- Find your tab group and select Restore Group
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