Most web browsers ship with options to restore tabs or even browser windows that you have accidentally closed. This can be useful if you find out at a later time that you want to revisit a website that you visited earlier, or a browser window in case you need to access its contents again. It can also be useful if you closed a tab or browser window by accident.
Reopening a tab is no big deal in Chrome. Users of the web browser can simply right-click on a tab of the browser or a blank spot on the tab bar and select the "Reopen closed tab" option on the context menu that is opening up, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-T to do the same thing.
It needs to be noted that Chrome reopens tabs in chronological order starting with the last tab that has been closed in the browser.
On a side note: you can use the reopen closed tab feature to reopen a closed window. Chrome seems to mix tabs and windows together here so that you can use reopen closed tab until the window opens again that you closed earlier. It is a bit confusing as Chrome displays "reopen closed tab" or "reopen closed window" in the context menu but not both options at the same time.
While that is wanted, usually, it is not the best solution when it comes to opening a closed tab that has been closed a while ago.
Chrome supports another option to open closed tabs again in the browser. Just select Menu > History to display the last eight tabs or windows closed in the browser.
Individual tabs are listed with the page title and windows with the number of tabs that they contained. A click reopens the listed tab or window in the Chrome browser.
Chrome's full history, accessible with a click on Menu > History > History or loading chrome://history/ directly in the browser, does not list closed windows.
There does not seem to be a way to restore closed windows in Chrome if the closed window is no longer displayed under Recently Closed in the History menu.
The only option in that case is to go through the history to open tabs instead that were displayed in that browser window.
Update: Google has changed the new tab page which no longer displays options to restore tabs there. You can restore the old tab page for now by following the link in this paragraph. A click on the menu button in Chrome displays a new restore tab menu that you can use instead as well.
But how do you open a closed window in Chrome? As a Firefox user I went straight to the History of the browser thinking that Google would display recently closed windows there much like Mozilla does in its Firefox browser. But the history is just listing all websites and services that have been visited in the past regardless of browser window they have been opened in.
So how do you reopen a closed browser window in Google Chrome then? You find the answer to that question on Chrome's new tab page. Press Ctrl-T to open a new blank tab page and locate the menu bar at the bottom. Here you find links to most visited websites and apps that you can switch between.
On the right of that is the recently closed menu, and it is here that you can restore a closed browser window provided that it is still listed here.
Google Chrome windows are indicated here with a number followed by tabs. A click on the entry opens the window with all the tabs listed here so that you can work with it again.
Since there are only ten entries listed here, it is important to be fast enough to reopen the window before it is moved out of the top ten listing in the recently closed menu.
So, either press Ctrl-Shift-T until the window opens up again, or use the recently closed menu to do so.Advertisement
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