How to Restore Recently Closed Tabs in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Opera

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When I work on my browser I usually get stuck with an overwhelmed tab strip that has a huge number of tabs open concurrently. With so many tabs open at the same time it doesn’t take much time for my laptop to become sluggish, and thus out of frustration I sometimes close all my tabs to reclaim the virtual memory not realizing that I have closed an important website without even bookmarking it.

If you think I am screwed you are wrong. Now I can easily recall all my accidently or recently closed tabs across various browsers in just a few mouse clicks. How? We will see exactly how in this post. The browsers we will take up are IE 9, Chrome, Firefox and Opera.

Internet Explorer 9

There are two ways to restore tabs in Internet Explorer 9. You can either reopen closed tab or restore the browsing session. To reopen recently closed tab right click on any of the active tabs and select reopen closed tabs from the context menu. You can keep on repeating the process if you closed more than tab accidently.

IE reopen closed tab

Again, if you accidently closed your browser you can reopen last browsing session using the command bar. By default the command bar is hidden and thus you will have to activate it. To enable the command bar right-click on a blank area near the tab strip in internet explorer and click on Command bar to activate it.

ie command bar

From now on whenever you want to resume your last browsing session click on Tools –> Reopen last browsing session.

reopen last browsing session

Google Chrome

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Restoring tabs in Google Chrome is more or less same like it is in Internet Explorer 9. To reopen individual last closed tabs, right click on an empty area on tab strip and select reopen closed tab. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+T.

chrome open closed tabs

If you have accidently closed your browser or if it has crashed, you can always restore the complete browsing session so that you don’t have to start from scratch every time. The process is beautifully explained by Himanshu in a previous post.

Mozilla Firefox


In Firefox all you need to do is click on the big orange Firefox button and select History – > Recently Closed Tabs. You can now either restore selected or all tabs as per your requirements.


If you are an Opera user, you can restore your recently closed tabs by clicking the Closed Tabs icon (small recycle bin) on the tab strip and select the desired one from the list of available tabs.

opera closed tabs

You can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+T to open last closed tab here too.


All the above tricks will help you to reopen last closed tab but one can always open the history using the universal shortcut Ctrl+H and search for recently closed tabs in all the above browsers.

  • Celine

    I love you! I sooooo needed this info.

  • Vuminhduc

    really helpful! Its seemed developers should replace the hot-key combination ctrl-shift-t into something simpler like ctrl-z in words.

  • unknown

    Thanks! Just what I needed! :D

  • shikha

    shikha it was really awesome and to the point answer……..thanks

  • gopi

    came in very handy! thanks a lot!

  • Nate

    Ctrl+Shift+T worked fine. Needed to do it twice to get the set of tabs I lost before. Thanks a lot. – shame on chrome for not having this even in the help section-

    • arul

      thank u

  • Reynaldson Aceberos

    thx ^^

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  • masoud

    very good, you help me . thanks

  • prthsha

    Thats it? You created an entire post just to show us to reopen the last tab?

    • Abhijeet Mukherjee

      Yes, seems you haven’t read the other comments saying “thanks”. People found it useful.

      • prthsha

        Oh my bad then, I lost a couple of my tabs and wanted to restore them, but the reopen tab option kept opening a same page again, I usually use that option. I wanted something more robust.


    Thanks, that helped me alot!

  • Nik

    Whoever wrote this up is the man

  • Silvia

    thank you!

  • CarbonScorn

    Ctrl Shft T – Who would have thought it would be that easy! Dude, you are the king!

  • Matt Porter

    It is strange I get the function to restore tabs in Chrome is available on the OS X version but not the Windows version.

  • Rakesh kumar

    Nice Tips

  • Rusty Shackleford

    Thanks mate

  • headscratcher

    A great tip – thanks

  • Brittany

    This post saved me! I had just filled out a long Craigslist ad and accidently closed the tab. I followed you’re advice and it pulled up with all my data still entered. Thank you!!

  • Kristina

    OMG thanks, I had a lot of tabs open and a friend accidentally closed my window, I looked at several other discussions that were much more complicated and wanted to do file copying and other things, which I could’ve done but I felt like chrome must have an easier solution. You are the best!

  • JessJayBird

    Where is the date on this article?

    Absolutely basic 101 that you date your articles.

  • Cathy Creswell

    Thank you, Ashish !!!! I’ve been using a computer since 1994, but still need help remembering these short cuts!!

  • Drgenius

    YOU SAVED MY LIFE!! Thank you!!!!

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