How to Open Accidentally or Recently Closed Tabs in Chrome

When you’re working on a web browser, more often than not, you have to keep a few tabs open. On the downside, keeping these tabs open also eats up a lot of your computer’s RAM, causing it to slow down. To free up some RAM, you must close the unnecessary tabs, but sometimes, we mistakenly close the important ones.

Open Accidentally or Recently Closed Tabs on Chrome

This post will learn about a shortcut on how to open closed tabs in Chrome while browsing the web. This shortcut is also applicable on popular internet browsers like Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

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How to Open Closed Tabs in Chrome and Other Web Browsers

I assume many of you guys use the internet for work (professional purposes). So it’s a common thing that you guys will have many tabs opened at the same time in your web browser window.

Modern-day browsers like Google Chrome supports opening as many browser tabs as your computer hardware can handle without lagging or crashing. However, according to an article on Lifehacker, “You Should Never Have More Than Nine Browser Tabs Open.”

Anyhow, it’s up to you how many tabs you want to open. But like the pros of having multiple tabs open in the browser, there are cons to it too. It’s not hard to presume what can happen if you have too many tabs opened on your browser.

You can accidentally close a tab due to narrow spaces when there are too many tabs are open. You could just easily click on the Close(X) button unintentionally. And if that is a problem, you can always find a way to open closed tabs in Chrome and even other web browsers.

The long way to go about it is to type the URL again on your web browser or go through your web browser’s search history to access that closed tab again. However, a few shortcut keys could do the trick easily.

Now, if this thing happens to you, then you will find the “CTRL+SHIFT+T” (“Command+Shift+T” for Mac) shortcut command very useful. This little shortcut can help you open a closed tab in Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. Unfortunately, this shortcut doesn’t work on Safari Browser. For quickly opening recently closed tabs in Safari, press “Command+Z.”

Recently closed tabs

Alternatively, you can also right-click on any tab and click on “Open Closed Tab” to open a recently closed tab. Moreover, you can also check your browser history and open the previously closed tabs from there. To check your browsing history, go to history from the browser menu or press the “CTRL+H” shortcut (“Command + H” for Mac users).

NOTE: If you’re into keyboard shortcuts, one of the easiest ways is to hit Command+Shift+T (on Mac) or Ctrl+Shift+T (Windows). The same keyboard shortcut for Chrome works in Safari as well. You also have the option to “Reopen Last Closed Tab” (which also lists the keyboard shortcut next to it) and “Restore All Windows from Last Session.” Another option, you can also access your browsing history on a dialog box by click “Show All History” on the History menu. If you want to open all the tabs, you had open in your last browsing session, select “Restore Previous Session” from the “History” menu. 


This simple shortcut on opening a closed tab / closed window in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge works seamlessly. It’s even more useful for you to remember the shortcut than to type the URL again or browse through your browser’s history in the upper right corner. To access your browsing history tab/chrome history,  you can click the Chrome menu button in the upper-right corner of the browser window. You can restore recently closed tabs by clicking the Chrome menu and hovering your cursor over the history menu item/history submenu item. 

These are the options available for you.

Believe me. You will find this shortcut useful one day or another. It will not only save your time but can save a lot of your efforts too. I will be sharing more helpful little tips and tricks with you guys as soon as I find them. Thanks for reading!

1 thought on “How to Open Accidentally or Recently Closed Tabs in Chrome”

  1. I’ve thought about doing something similar with the Chrome plugin but without a tab completion screen. I usually keep tabs open when I open a new tab, but if I want to go back to the site later on, then it’s a little hard to keep track of all that stuff that I don’t remember doing with the addons in Chrome.


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