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How to Open Tabs from Your Last Session Whenever You Start Your Browser

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Do you always have a lot of tabs open in your browser? If your browser has crashed on you, or if you just want to keep those tabs open next time you start your computer, don’t panic. There is a solution.

We’ll show you how to have each of the five major browsers open all the tabs from your last browsing session whenever you open the browser, so you always pick up right where you left off.

Chrome

To automatically reopen tabs that were open last time Chrome was open, click the Chrome menu button (three horizontal bars) and select “Settings”.

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The Settings screen opens in a new tab, unless you’ve chosen to open Chrome’s settings in a separate window. In the On startup section, select the “Continue where you left off” option.

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Changes to settings are automatically saved. To close the Settings tab, click the “X” on the right side of the tab or press Ctrl+W on your keyboard.

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Firefox

Firefox not only remembers what tabs were open in your last browsing session, but also all the windows that were open, if you had multiple Firefox windows open. To automatically open all the windows and tabs that were open in your last Firefox browsing session, click the Firefox menu button (three horizontal bars) in the upper-right corner of the window and click “Options” on the drop-down menu.

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The Options display on a new tab. Make sure the General screen is active on the Options tab. In the Startup section, select “Show my windows and tabs from last time” in the “When Firefox starts” drop-down list. Click “OK”.

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Changes to settings are automatically saved. To close the Settings tab, click the “X” on the right side of the tab or press Ctrl+W on your keyboard.

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Opera

To have Opera open the tabs from your last session, click the Opera menu in the upper-left corner of the browser window and select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.

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The Settings display on a new tab. On the Basic screen, in the On startup section, click the “Continue where I left off” option.

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Changes to settings are automatically saved. To close the Settings tab, click the “X” on the right side of the tab or press Ctrl+W on your keyboard.

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Internet Explorer

To open all the tabs from your last browsing session in Internet Explorer, click the gear button in the upper-right corner of the window and select “Internet options” from the drop-down menu.

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On the General tab, in the Startup section, select “Start with tabs from the last session”. Then, click “OK”.

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Microsoft Edge

To open all the tabs from your last browsing session in Microsoft Edge, click the menu button (three dots) in the upper-right corner of the window and select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.

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The Settings pane displays on the right side of the browser window. Under Open with, select “Previous pages”. Click anywhere to the right of the Settings pane to close it.

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Now, you won’t lose your open tabs if your browser crashes or if you close it accidentally.

Lori Kaufman is a writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 08/8/16
  • Jim

    If you use Chrome's "Continue Where You Left Off" option Chrome does not remove current session only cookies. What this means is that if when you logged into say Gmail etc you specifically told Gmail not to keep you logged in, the next time you start Chrome up you will automatically be logged into Gmail. Now this can be a privacy issue if others have physical access to your computers and you use the "Continue Where You Left Off" option in Chrome.

    With Firefox's “Show my windows and tabs from last time” it discards the current session only cookies that were set when you told Gmail not to keep you logged in. You will have to log back into Gmail etc.

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