How To Restore Your Chrome Tabs When There Is No Reopen Last Session Button

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Google Chrome or your computer has crashed. All your tabs are gone, and what’s worse, there’s no button that offers to “Reopen last session” when you reload Chrome. Maybe you missed it? Or maybe it never was. Either way, you’d love to have those tabs back.

And you can! Click the button with three vertical dots to the right of your address bar.

Click on the three dots in the top right corner.

You will see a menu item called “History”, with an arrow next to it. Hover your cursor over this and you will see your recent history.

If your browser has recently closed or crashed, you should see an item called, for example, “3 tabs”. Click that and your entire collection of tabs will be restored.

move over "History"then click "3 tabs" to restore your tabs.

If you are only interested in a few open tabs, you can hover over “3 tabs” to see a list of closed tabs.

List of closed tabs.

If this doesn’t work, you can try a keyboard shortcut. Press Control+Shift+T (or Command+Shift+T if you’re on a Mac) and your most recently closed tab or window reopens. Keep doing this until your window from previous re-spawns, or the shortcut stops working.

However, there is a chance that your window may not come back, especially if you have used your browser a bit since the crash. If so, click the “History” option at the top of that menu or press Control+H on your keyboard (Mac: Command+Y).

Google Chrome's history page.

Unfortunately, you won’t find “bundles” of tabs here like you did in the menu we pointed out earlier. But if you lost a specific tab, you can find it by scrolling or searching. It’s not perfect, but at least there’s an overview of the tabs you’ve lost.

RELATED: How to Enable Private Browsing in Any Web Browser

Please note that all tabs open in a Private Browsing tab cannot be restored with your browsing history. They’re gone forever (which is kind of the point of private browsing.)

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