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How to reopen the closed tabs in Chrome (or any browser)

How to Open Closed Window

All of us use browsers for surfing the Internet. To make the browser work faster, we close the tabs and lower the number of opened tabs in the browser we are using. This makes the browser run faster actually. But many times, while doing this, it is too common for all of us to accidentally close a tab in a browser that we were working on or kept for reading it later.

Sometimes in hurry, while moving the cursor from one tab to another we close a tab accidentally and then realize that it is of great importance to our work. Most of the time, we are unable to remember the URL or web address of the desired website. This creates a problem.

If there is a problem there must be a solution. So, what is it? Fortunately, the solution is simple. The following guidelines will be useful to solve your problem in such a case.

Note: Before proceeding, take note of a feature provided by Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. When you close a tab in this browser, you see an option of undoing at the bottom of the screen. Using this option you can quickly recover the closed tab.

How to Reopen the Closed Tabs in Chrome (or any Browser)

How to Reopen Closed Tabs in Chrome

If you close an important tab in the Chrome browser mistakenly, right-click on the Chrome bar which is above the URL address bar. Then you have to click on Reopen the Closed tab. This will open your desired tab at the position on the browser where you had closed it

There is yet another pretty nice way to do this. Use the shortcut key ‘Ctrl+Shift+T’ if you are using Windows OS. In the case of your Mac, you can use ‘Command+Shift+T’ on your keyboard to get recovered the tab you had closed. The nice thing is that you can use this shortcut i.e. can press the keys as many times as you wish to recover your previously closed tab in the very same order.

The History option in the Chrome browser is useful to solve this problem as it keeps a record of every page you visited using the browser. First, you have to click on the three vertical dots (menu button) which you will see in the top right corner. You can use shortcut key ‘Ctrl+H’ to view the History of the browser. The list there will show you all the tabs you visited in the order you visited them. Watch out for the tab you want to reopen and just click it. It will reopen and you can continue your work.

Note: If you are at the workplace and other devices are connected in the same network, you are also able to access the tabs opened by other devices from the ‘Tabs from other devices’ section in the History.

If you are browsing Chrome by using your tablet or smartphone and had done the same mistake, open the Chrome browser. Go to the same three dots i.e. Menu button at the top right corner of the screen and tap it. From the list shown to you, select the ‘Recent tabs’ option. You will be directed to a screen where you will see a list of the webpages you have visited under ‘Recently closed’. Tap the page you want to revisit from the list.

Thus, you can reaccess the webpages you mistakenly closed in your Chrome browser.

How to Reopen Closed Tabs in Internet Explorer

If anybody is still using classic Internet Explorer by Microsoft, which was a phenomenon before Google Chrome overpowered the Internet, they might also have the same experience of closing the tabs accidentally. In almost every case, the person doesn’t know the URL of the webpage. Here is the solution for restoring tabs in Internet Explorer.

By right-clicking on any opened tab you can see a menu. You have to select the option ‘Reopen the last tab’. This can be done by using the keyboard shortcut ‘Ctrl+Shift+T’.

But what can be done in case you want several closed tabs reopened from your current browsing session? For doing this, right-click on any of the open tabs. From the menu shown to you, hover the mouse cursor over the ‘Recently closed tabs’ option. You will see a list of tabs you have closed during the current session. You can select and reopen your desired tab.

Besides these, you always have the option of getting your closed tabs reopened from the Browsing History option in Internet Explorer.

How to Reopen Closed Tabs in Firefox

To restore a tab you just closed by mistake, right-click on an open tab and from the pop-up menu, select the ‘Undo Close Tab’ option. This will lead you to that tab you closed accidentally.

In Mozilla Firefox too, you can open the tab you just closed by using the same shortcut key ‘Ctrl+Shift+T’ if you are using Windows or ‘Command+Shift+T’ if you are using Mac. You can use it, again and again, to get back your previously visited tabs which you have closed now. That too, in the same order in which you visited them.

Another option is to recover the tabs from the browser’s History. Use the shortcut keyboard key ‘Ctrl+H’ for opening History or click the menu option of Firefox which is in the upper right corner (bars-like symbol). Then there you will see a Clock symbol denoting History. Below it can be seen the list of recent highlights. You can either pick your desired webpage from the list or can click on the Clock symbol i.e. History. It will show the list of all the webpages you have visited datewise. There you are sure to get the mistakenly closed page.

How to Reopen Closed Tabs in Opera

The pretty same procedure can be followed on Opera to restore a closed tab. You can get the tab closed mistakenly by either right-clicking on an open tab and then, from the menu displayed, select the ‘Reopen last closed tab’ option.

Pressing ‘Ctrl+Shift+T’ on Windows and ‘Command+Shift+T’ on Mac will do the same and is more convenient

Another way to reopen the closed tabs is to click on the Opera menu in the uppermost corner of the browser window. This will display the list of recently closed tabs option. From the list, you can select your desired webpage. The list displays all the webpages you visited in the same order you visited them, just like in the other browsers.

How to Reopen Closed Tabs in Safari

Safari is used for browsing on macOS, iOS and Apple devices. But the procedure to reopen the mistakenly closed tab is similar to that of other browsers on Windows.

By clicking the ‘Edit’ menu and selecting the ‘Undo Close Tab’ option, you can get back your closed tab.

Else, you can go to History. You will see the options ‘Reopen Last Closed Window’ and ‘Recently Closed’. By using these options, you are able to restore the tabs you visited previously.

If you are using an iPhone, you have to just tap on the ‘Tabs’ icon in order to open a new tab. Then tap and hold the ‘+’ sign for a few seconds. This will show you the list of the five tabs you visited in ‘Recently Closed Tabs’ option and you can reopen whichever you want. In order to open a much older tab, your only option is to go to History.

How to Reopen Closed Tabs in Microsoft Edge

When a tab is closed by mistake while you were browsing pages in the Microsoft Edge browser, you can reopen the tab by right-clicking on an open tab. The menu displayed will show Reopen closed tab as the first option. By clicking it you can reopen the closed tab which was accidentally closed previously.

The option of pressing ‘Ctrl+Shift+T’ for reopening the closed tab is available in Microsoft Edge, too.

In case you need to revisit the webpage you visited in Edge long before, you have to go to the upper right corner of the window to use the ‘Hub’ button

You can see it is easy to reopen the closed tab in the browser. It doesn’t matter which one you use. By using the above-mentioned procedures you can reopen closed tab or tabs quickly.

The method common for almost all the internet browsers is to press Ctrl+H or say visiting the History option in your browser

If you haven’t cleared your browsing history from your web browser manually, there you will certainly get the closed webpage whether it was closed recently or before. You can get it from the list of all the webpages visited shown in the History option. You are able to reopen the closed tab i.e. get the webpage back by just clicking it once.


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