Picture this: You’re clearing down your browser tabs after a project and – DISASTER! You close an important tab with a page it took you seemingly forever to find.
Never fear, for there is an easy shortcut to reopen your most recently closed tab. This keyboard shortcut is identical in all browsers, so wherever you’re working, you can be safe in the knowledge that your tabs are protected.
Reopen the most recently closed tab on Windows using SHIFT + CONTROL + T:
Reopen the most recently closed tab on Mac using SHIFT + COMMAND + T:
You can also reopen a closed tab by right-clicking on a tab in the tab bar. Follow the walkthroughs below which is specific to each browser. It is important to note that tabs cannot be restored in private browsing modes (or equivalent in different browsers) as history and cookies are not stored.
In Google Chrome, right-click on any tab, then select the ‘Reopen Closed Tab’ option. The most recently closed tab will be restored. If you repeat this, the tab closed before that will reopen. This also works across multiple windows, so if a tab is closed in one window, it will be restored if ‘Reopen Closed Tab’ is clicked in another window.
When using Mozilla Firefox, right-clicking on a tab will open a drop down menu from where you can select ‘Undo Closed Tab’. This will open the most recently closed tab, and if you repeat it will open the one closed before that and so on. This does not work across multiple windows.
There are two ways to reopen previous tabs in Apple Safari. To open the most recently closed tab, click on ‘History’ in the menu bar, then ‘Reopen Last Closed Tab’.
You can also right-click on the + icon used to open a new tab. This will bring up a list of tabs previously closed across all windows. You can then select the one you need.
When using Windows’ native browser, Microsoft Edge, the last closed tab can be reopened by right clicking on an open tab and selecting ‘Re-op Closed Tab’ from the drop down menu. If repeated, the previously closed tab will be reinstated.
Whichever browser you are using, you can quickly reopen a closed tab by using the keyboard shortcut or mouse navigation alternative.