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 โ€“> 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 donโ€™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.

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Archived Comments

  1. Celine says:

    I love you! I sooooo needed this info.

  2. Vuminhduc says:

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

  3. unknown says:

    Thanks! Just what I needed! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. shikha says:

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

  5. gopi says:

    came in very handy! thanks a lot!

  6. Nate says:

    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-

  7. Reynaldson Aceberos says:

    thx ^^

  8. Dinesh M T says:


  9. masoud says:

    very good, you help me . thanks

  10. prthsha says:

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

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

      • prthsha says:

        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.

  11. CE_REAL says:

    Thanks, that helped me alot!

  12. Nik says:

    Whoever wrote this up is the man

  13. Silvia says:

    thank you!

  14. CarbonScorn says:

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

  15. Matt Porter says:

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

  16. Rakesh kumar says:

    Nice Tips

  17. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Thanks mate

  18. headscratcher says:

    A great tip – thanks

  19. Brittany says:

    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!!

  20. Kristina says:

    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!

  21. JessJayBird says:

    Where is the date on this article?

    Absolutely basic 101 that you date your articles.

  22. Cathy Creswell says:

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

  23. Drgenius says:

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

  24. gerry says:

    Tried the option for Firefox–did not get the(History) option described to proceed