How to restore closed tabs in Google Chrome

When working with Google Chrome or another browser, you most certainly open a lot of tabs. But what if you accidentally close one or more of them? The browser makes it possible to restore closed tabs from the current, previous or even long-past session. You can restore old tabs of a week or even a month ago. You will have to work hard to find them – for this it is advisable to remember the date you visited the page and what it was about – but there is a technical possibility.

Tab recovery options

Regardless of the reason why this situation occurred (a program crash or you closed Chrome yourself, having forgotten to save the important tabs), all lost pages can be returned. Except for tabs opened in incognito mode.

After closing the page

The most common situation is that you have moved to a new address within one tab. You can fix this by simply pressing the back key (the arrow in the upper left corner of Chrome). If you clicked on the cross, then you can reopen the tab you just closed like this:

  • click on the top bar of the browser;
  • right click on an empty space to the right of the last active tab;
  • in the menu that appears, select “Reopen closed tab”.

How to restore closed tabs in Google Chrome

When closing the browser

Have you opened some important pages, but accidentally logged out of Chrome? All sites opened in the previous session will open on a new launch of Chrome, if the corresponding function is enabled in the settings:

  • three dots in the upper right corner;
  • “Settings” – “On Startup”;
  • “Continue where you left off”.

How to restore closed tabs in Google Chrome

If it was disabled, then you will have to go to the desired address through the browsing history (three dots – “History”) and restore the tabs manually.

When you turn off or restart your computer

It happens that during operation the computer freezes or the power goes out. In this case, you can also “rescue” closed tabs.

This case is no different from the one described above (see “When closing the browser”).

If the “Continue where you left off ” option was enabled, then the browser will restore all the tabs itself when you restart it. If not, then you can restore the lost through the “History” (shortcut Ctrl + H).

How to restore closed tabs in Google Chrome

Using extensions

In addition to a large number of tools built into the browser, you have the opportunity to use additional plugins that will greatly simplify your work with Google Chrome.

One of these extensions – Session Buddy – helps to restore sites and monitor browsing history. To download it you need:

  • Go to the Chrome Web Store.
  • In search enter Session Buddy.
  • Click “Add to Chrome”, then “Add Extension”.
  • Activate the extension in the upper right corner of the browser.

The extension allows you to easily restore closed sites and entire sessions, as well as perform a number of other actions with tabs.

How to restore an entire Internet session

Google Chrome closed for some reason, and with it all open pages? Most often, a closed session is fully recoverable. When the “Continue where you left off ” feature is enabled in the settings, when you start the browser again, all sites from the last session will be launched.

But by default, when loading Google Chrome, a blank page is always loaded. How do I get my tabs back in this situation? In the system folder of the browser “Last Session” there is a file with the data of the sites opened in the last session.

You need to go to %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default and rename Last Session to Current Session and Last Tabs to Current Tabs.

Where to enter this address? Press Win+E to open Windows Explorer. If the desired folder is not visible in it (it is hidden), then you should:

  • expand Explorer to full screen;
  • click “View”;
  • check the box “Hidden items”.

How to restore closed tabs in Google Chrome

If every time you load the browser, all previously opened pages are lost, change the launch options in the settings. Find the “Launch Chrome” section and choose what will open after the reboot – a new page, a previous session, or a specific site.

Now, under unforeseen circumstances, you do not have to install third-party plugins, check history or look for system files. Each time the browser will open in the same way in which you closed it.

Restoring pinned tabs

The Google Chrome interface contains a panel of pinned tabs that, under any circumstances, even if the browser is unexpectedly closed, remain in place. However, what to do when the next time you turn on Chrome, your favorite sites still disappear from the panel?

The most common reason is the presence of virus activity, therefore, first of all, the computer must be scanned by security software, and as an alternative, try to find all the necessary addresses in the history or synchronize them.

If you use the browser on other devices besides your computer, it is recommended to synchronize them using Google services:

  • launch Chrome;
  • click on your profile picture in the top right corner;
  • click Turn on sync;
  • log in to your Google account.

Now all your activity, bookmarks, frequently visited sites and other personal information will be displayed wherever you have access to your Google account, so closed tabs can be found on another synchronized device.

It is almost always possible to solve the problem of a lost page. In extreme cases, you can simply bookmark the desired address and not worry that it will disappear in the future.

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