4 Ways to Recover Closed Chrome Tabs and Windows

The Chrome team recently published a tip on their blog about recovering closed tabs in Google’s Chrome browser. As a Chrome user I felt that Google missed out on a potentially useful and sometimes more effective method of recovering closed tabs, the History tool. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have over 10 tabs open and the tips offered by the Chrome team will not help me if I accidentally closed more than 5 tabs or Chrome crashes. The guide below will show you the 4 methods I use to recover closed tabs in Google Chrome.

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Note: I used Chrome 4 for this tutorial.

Use the Recently Closed Bar

Recover Closed Tabs in Google Chrome

1. If you you have the New Tab page set as your default proceed to step 2, if not then click on the + sign to open a new tab.

2. You will notice that at the bottom of the New Tab page there is a Recently closed section which will list up to 5-6 recently closed tabs. Just click on the link you wish to recover.


Use the Tabstrip

Recover Closed Tabs in Google Chrome

1. Right-click on the Tabstrip (where all the tabs are located).

2. Click on Reopen closed tab from the menu that appears.

Use History

Recover Closed Tabs in Google Chrome

1. Click on the Tool menu.

2. Click on History from the menu.

Recover Closed Tabs in Google Chrome

3. When the History list appears, click on the link you wish to recover.

The Keyboard

Recover Closed Tabs in Google Chrome

1. This is for those of you who detest the mouse…use the key combination above to recover the last closed tab. or window.

Keyboard image above from Google

  • Tristan

    Thank you! I accidentally close a window with 40+ tabs (I’m an internet-aholic), and this helped me get them back. I want to give you a hug, get over here.

  • Just recovered 74 tabs with method 1. I could kiss you! 🙂

  • Ever since chrome has been introduced im already using it. The convenience in using it is really awesome and it’s very neat and i’m not bombarded with so much add-ons like the others