How to Restore Tabs & Save Tab Groups In Google Chrome

Usually when Google Chrome crashes, it gives you a restore tabs option when you open the browser again. However, there could be other occasions when you need to restore tabs or save a group of open tabs, so that all your work is available when you open the browser next time.

This article discusses the following two ways to restore tabs and save tab groups in chrome.

  1. Google Chrome’s inbuilt option to reopen the pages that were open last.
  2. Session Manager extension.

Using the Google Chrome Options

Google Chrome comes with lots of handy features. Reopen last open pages is one of them. Here’s how to set that option in your browser settings.

Click on Tools menu tools.

Click on Options.


Under “Basic” tab, select “Reopen the pages that were open last” option. Click the close button.


Next time when you restart your browser you will notice that all the last open tabs will reopen.

Google Chrome Session Manager Extension

This extension provides a powerful way to save all your browsing sessions and reopen them anytime you need. This is particularly useful to those who research with lots of tabs open in different browser windows. It can help them save their tab groups separately under different names. It is much quicker and a better solution to bookmarking those pages (unless you need them permanently).

Session manager is simple to use. Once installed, it shows a small icon on the Chrome extension bar. If you click on it, it pops up a small session box asking you to save the current session. Give a name to session and press save button. That’s it. Simple and easy.


Now you can close all the tabs and get back to your work. If you want to open all your saved tabs once again just click on session icon and open the required session.

You’ll notice that each session displays number of tabs, number of windows and date of creation of session.

Why would you need it?

  • If you are researching on different topics and there are lots of tabs open, you can create sessions and revisit the tabs whenever you need them.
  • You can create sessions for most important sites which you check daily.

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