How to Reopen Closed Tabs in Chrome, Safari, and Other Browsers

It’s hard to imagine a life without the internet now, even though its inception was less than 50 years ago. Internet browsers have become a part of our daily lives. But, one of the most frustrating things in our comfort of the internet is losing your tabs by accidentally closing them.

Browser technologies have evolved over the years from simple browsers that took minutes to load a simple webpage to now where entire software can run on a browser capable of handling dozens of tabs at once.

Nowadays, we tend to have at least a dozen web pages open simultaneously when browsing the web. After a while, these tabs (and browser extensions) can build up and cause browsers to slow down. A simple fix is to simply close some unused tabs to free up some space in your RAM.

Occasionally, we close tabs that we didn’t really mean to, which can be infuriating. Lucky for us, the best browsers now have a feature to reopen closed tabs. Read on to learn how to reopen closed tabs in the most popular browsers out there.

How to Restore Closed Tabs

Here are ways to open a recently closed tab on various browsers. These methods work on Windows, Linux, and macOS as the only variation between these operating systems is the slightly varied UI on the browsers.

How to Restore Tabs on Chrome

To open the last closed tab in Chrome, follow these steps:

Right-click on the empty space near the + icon

Step 1: Right-click on the empty space near the + icon. This shows a drop-down menu with several options for you to choose from. Note that right-clicking on a tab instead of the empty space won’t offer the option to restore tabs.

Click on Reopen closed tab

Step 2: Click on Reopen closed tab. They will open the last closed tab in the browser. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut mentioned on the right of the reopen option. In most browsers, this is Ctrl+ Shift+ T.

Step 3: You can repeat these steps as many times as you want, and the tabs will open in reverse order, with the most recently closed one opened first.

Recently closed tabs

Alternatively, you can use your browsing history to restore tabs in google chrome. This can be convenient for people who want to select which tab they wish to open. You can do this in three easy steps:

  1. Click on the three dots in the top right part of the screen.
  2. Move your cursor to History in the drop-down menu, and then you should see the recently opened tabs.
  3. Select the tab you want to open

How to Reopen Closed Tabs in Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox has a similar method to reopen closed tabs as other browsers. To reopen a recently closed tab, follow these steps:

Right-click on the space beside the + icon.

Step 1: Right-click on the space beside the + icon. This will open a drop-down menu with several options.

Reopen Closed Tab in Firefox

Step 2: Simply click on Reopen Closed Tab to open the latest tab that was closed. You can also press the underlined button on your keyboard to perform the step in this menu. In this case, it’s the o in Reopen.

Step 3: Keep repeating the first two steps to get to the tab you wish to reopen. You can only perform these steps for the tabs closed in this particular session.

Alternatively, you can use the Ctrl+ Shift+ T shortcut for the same purpose.

History

You can also achieve the same results by going to the History by first clicking on the three bars on the top right corner of the browser window and then clicking on History.

Recently closed tabs

From there, click on Recently closed tabs. This allows you free control to choose a particular tab you wish to bring back.

Restore a Closed Tab in Microsoft Edge

Similar to the other browsers we discussed before, here are the steps to follow to open a recently closed tab in Microsoft Edge:

Microsoft Edge reopen closed tabs

Step 1: Right-click on the empty space beside the + symbol that opens a new tab. This opens a drop-down menu with a bunch of options.

Reopen closed tab

Step 2: In the drop-down menu, click on Reopen closed tab, and your last closed tab should open in a new tab in the same window.

Feel free to repeat the first two steps to keep opening the previously closed tabs.

Alternatively, you can head into the history section in Edge by clicking on the three dots in the top right and clicking on History, or you can use the Ctrl+ H shortcut, which will open your History section in the form of a drop-down menu.

You can also use the Ctrl+ Shift+ T shortcut for the same purpose, which can make your browsing life much more efficient.

How to Recover Closed Tabs in Safari

To reopen a recently closed tab in Safari, follow these steps:

Step 1: Click on Edit at the top of the browser window; this will show a drop-down menu.

Step 2: At the top of the menu, select Undo Close Tab. This will only work for the tabs closed in the current session of the browser.

Safari Undo close tab

Step 3: Repeat the previous steps to reopen the tabs in the order they were closed in

If you wish to reopen tabs from a previous session, you will have to head into the history section. There, you can select the tab you want to open.

The newer versions of Safari allow you to access the recently closed tabs through the New tab button. To do this, simply click and hold the + icon on the right side of the tab bar. From the drop-down menu that shows up, simply hover over the webpage you wish to reopen and release the button.

How to Open the Last Closed Tab in Opera

To reopen a recently closed tab on the Opera browser, follow these steps:

Opera browser reopen closed tabs

Step 1: Right-click on the empty space in the tab bar beside the + icon on top of the browser window. This will open a drop-down menu.

Reopen last closed tab

Step 2: In the drop-down menu, click on Reopen last closed tab. This will reopen the last closed tab in a new tab in the same browser window.

Step 3: You can repeat these steps to keep opening the previous tabs as this will go from the latest closed tab to the earliest closed tab.

Shortcuts can significantly reduce the time needed to reopen a closed tab. Alternately, you can use the Ctrl+ Shift+ T shortcut to do the same thing. You can also go to the browser’s history by using the Ctrl+ H shortcut and searching for your specific tab there.

How to Open Closed Tabs Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Restore All My Closed Tabs?

Some browsers offer the option to restore all closed tabs. If the whole window has closed down due to a crash or an unexpected shutdown, the next time the browser opens, simply use the Ctrl+ Shift+ T shortcut to restore the whole window.

You can also check the Sync tabs between devices option to find all the recently closed tabs.

How Do I Reopen a Tab I Just Closed?

For most modern browsers, you can simply reopen a recently closed tab by right-clicking on the empty space in the top bar and, from there, clicking on the Open recently closed tab option. This opens the most recently closed webpage. You can keep repeating this step to open tabs in the order they were closed. Alternatively, you can also use the Ctrl+ Shift+ T shortcut, which works in most modern browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Edge.

Restoring Recently Closed Tabs

Accidentally closing an important tab can be extremely frustrating. However, there are ways to recover closed tabs. We hope learning how to reopen closed tabs will help you overcome this frustrating experience. Now, once you accidentally close a tab, you can reopen it without any hassle.

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Jake is a spreadsheet expert and content writer from New Zealand. He has a double Bachelor's Degree in Teaching and has been working in the education industry for over 11 years. His experience makes him adept at breaking down complex topics so that everyone is able to understand.