Restore last session in Browsers

Posted In Google, Microsoft, Software - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Friday, July 15th, 2011 With 0 Comments

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I know it is sometimes annoying to accidentally close browser with many tabs open or browser getting crashed at times closing all opened tabs.

There might be another scenario where you are working on a browser with many tabs opened and you need to shut down the browser for some reason or even shut down the system. So, will you keep a note of all pages opened?? I am sure no, you would want them to get opened next time you open the browser. Isn’t it??

Nothing to worry, most of the browsers today provide options to recover last opened tabs and restore them too.

This is how you can restore last session in the largely used browsers:

  • Firefox

Firefox doesn’t have any default option or setting using which we can restore last session every time we close and open the browser but there is a quick work around.

Next time you open the browser, just type about:sessionrestore in the address bar and press <enter>. You will then be able to restore the previous session.

You might want to make it as your default page such that it asks you to restore the session every time you launch the browser.


  • Google Chrome

Google Chrome provides a direct option selecting which the sessions will be restored automatically every time you launch the browser.

Go to settings or type chrome://settings/browser in the address bar and select the option to “Reopen the pages that were open last”

  • Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 8 onwards, a new option has been added to Tools menu, “Reopen Last Browsing Session” selecting which the browser launches all tabs that were previously opened when the browser was closed.

This is a manual process every time you launch the browser.