Keeping tabs takes up a lot of memory on a Windows PC, so it’s only natural to close them when they’re not needed. However, we often end up closing the tab(s) we didn’t mean to close, and now we have to look for them again. In this article, we’ll be going over a few ways using which we can reopen tabs that were recently closed in Edge, Chrome, and Firefox browsers. It will ensure we don’t have to go through the trouble of opening them manually again.
Why Restore Closed Tabs?
Based on settings, browsers tend to automatically close all open tabs when closed or retain them to avoid data loss. Regardless, we should manage our tabs ourselves. Now, we may lose important data in a tab if we accidentally close it along with other useless tabs. Then we will end up having to search and browse for that data all over again, which is not efficient. That is precisely why, in this article, we’ll be going over ways using which we can restore recently closed tabs in Edge, Chrome, and Firefox browsers. So without any further delay, let’s begin.
Reopen Recently Closed Tabs in Chrome, Firefox, and Edge
In this section, we’ll be going over several ways to reopen tabs that were closed recently in Edge, Chrome, and Firefox browsers. These browsers are some of the most popular browsers used across the globe, and reopening recently closed tabs in these applications doesn’t require much work. Let’s now take a look at how we can open previous window or tabs in these browsers:
1] Reopening Recently Closed Tabs In Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge is a popular browser that has been a part of Windows computers for a while. Like many other browsers, Microsoft Edge tends to delete all the open tabs if it was shut down directly while the tabs in concern were still open. There is more than one way of reopening closed tabs in Microsoft Edge, and in this section, we’ll go over them.
Depending on the time of closure of tab(s), you have to take different approaches for them. For example, if you wish to open the last tab or the tab closed most recently, follow these steps:
- Hover your cursor over the empty header area on the new tab icon, right-click on it, and you’ll see a pop-up menu appear on the window.
- Find and click on the option of Reopen Closed Tab. It should open the most recently closed tab again.
- You can also do this using shortcuts. In the pop-up menu mentioned above, you’ll see the shortcuts needed to reopen the last closed tab beside the option of Reopen Closed Tab.
- Ctrl + Shift + T is the shortcut you can rely on for launching the last closed tab even more quickly. You can also keep using this shortcut to make tabs reopen in the same order in which they were closed. This way, you can even restore older tabs.
Speaking of older tabs, there’s a way of finding and restoring tabs that were closed hours/days/weeks/months earlier too.
You can find the tabs opened in the past in your Microsoft Edge under the history section. Navigate to the three dots available in the top right corner of the toolbar of Microsoft Edge. Click on them, and select History from the dropdown menu. Here you’ll see all the recently visited URLs ranked in the order you visited them, and you can click any of them to restore that specific tab in which that URL was open.
2] Reopening Recently Closed Tabs In Google Chrome
Chrome is the most popular browser used by a tonne of people across the world. What makes Chrome so popular is its minimal user interface and fast speed. However, Chrome is also notorious for taking up RAM when having multiple tabs open. There have been instances of computers crashing entirely because the system memory was full from just managing opened tabs.
Chrome also doesn’t save opened tabs when it is shut down directly. So you might often feel the need to reopen tabs that were accidentally closed when Chrome was shut down. The steps for which are as follows:
- Like in Microsoft Edge, you can relaunch the last closed tab in your Chrome by right-clicking on the empty header space on the new tab icon. Navigating to Reopen Closed Tab from the pop-up menu, and clicking on it.
- You can also do that by pressing Ctrl + Shift + T. Keep pressing this shortcut to keep restoring tabs in the same order in which they were closed.
- The next way of restoring closed tabs is via browsing history. Open the menu by clicking the three dots on the toolbar and selecting History from the dropdown menu. Here you’ll find all of the websites you visited in the past. You can open the tab you’re looking for by finding it in the browsing history and clicking on it.
3] Reopening Recently Closed Tabs In Mozilla Firefox
When it comes to privacy in browsing, Mozilla Firefox is the pioneer of it. The browser is widely preferred by users for its privacy-oriented features and super smooth browsing experience while optimally utilizing your PC resources, unlike Google Chrome.
Reopening closed tabs in Firefox is more or less the same as in Chrome and Microsoft Edge. You can find similarities in the user interface of all of them. Anyways, here are the steps:
- To open the most recently closed tab in Firefox, use Ctrl + Shift + T, or select the option Reopen Closed Tab from the pop-up menu after right-clicking on the empty space on the icon of the new tab.
- You can access the browser history by navigating to the three lines in the top right corner of the window, selecting History from the menu that appears, and then finding the tab you wish to restore from there.
Keeping multiple tabs open for no reason might be a habit for many of us, and sometimes that is the sole reason for our computer’s lackluster performance. However, we don’t want to lose tabs crucial to us by accident. That is why it is important to be aware of how to restore them in case of accidental deletion. Edge, Chrome, and Firefox are remarkably similar to each other, and this goes for executing a task in this software as well. Restoring closed tabs in a browser is pretty easy, and this guide will help you do that more efficiently.
How Do I Pin Tabs In A Browser?
Pinning tabs in most browsers like Chrome, Edge, or Firefox is the same. All you need to do is right-click the respective tab and then click on the Pin option.
How To Change Tab To Vertical?
Chrome does not provide the functionality to do so. However, you can do the same in Microsoft Edge. To change the tab to vertical in Microsoft Edge, head over to the Edge settings, open the Appearance tab, scroll down to find the Customize toolbar section, and turn on Vertical tabs.