How To Restore Google Chrome Tabs

The ability to restore Google Chrome tabs after accidentally closing them or after the browser crashes can be a lifesaver. In this blog post, we will guide you through the simple steps on how to restore your lost tabs on Google Chrome.

Restoring Tabs After Accidentally Closing Them

If you’ve accidentally closed a tab and want to retrieve it, the quick fix is pretty straightforward. Simply right-click on the Chrome tab bar and select Reopen closed tab from the popup menu. You can also use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + Shift + T (Command + Shift + T on a Mac).

Restoring Tabs After Restarting Chrome or System Crash

If your browser or system crashed, things are slightly more complicated, but still easy to manage.

  1. After restarting your browser, you’ll see a small blue box saying “Restore”. Click on that button to bring back your lost tabs.
  2. If you have missed this brief opportunity, don’t worry. You can still restore your tabs by going to Settings.

Here’s how you can do this:

    Step 1: Click on the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the browser
    Step 2: Navigate to History > History
    Step 3: In the new tab, you’ll see the “Recently closed” section at the top. Here Chrome lists all the tabs that you’ve closed recently
    Step 4: Click on “X tabs” where X is the number of tabs that you want to restore

Set Chrome to Open Old Tabs at Startup

If you want Chrome to open all your previously open tabs every time you restart it, there’s an easy way to do that:

    Step 1: Click on the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the browser
    Step 2: Go to Settings > On startup
    Step 3: Choose “Continue where you left off”

By following these steps, you’ll ensure that even if your browser crashes, you’ll always be able to restore your tabs and continue from where you left off.


There you have it! Now you know how to restore your Google Chrome tabs after they’ve been closed or lost due to a system crash. Happy browsing!