How to restore tabs in Chrome

March 1, 2021
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How to restore tabs in chrome

It can be quite frustrating when a group of tabs you had opened is accidentally closed, chrome crashes, or they simply weren't saved when you restart your computer. If you've lost your tabs in google chrome, we'll show you how to get them back quickly.

Shortcut to restore tabs in google Chrome

The quickest way to restore tabs in chrome is using the keyboard shortcut for restoring tabs. Google chrome will automatically open the last closed tab or window.

It just depends whether you’re on a Mac or Windows computer.

Restore tabs shortcut on Mac:

Mac shortcut to restore tabs in chrome

If you’re on a mac, you can also click File > Reopen closed tab.

Restore tabs shortcut on Windows computer:

Windows shortcut to restore tabs in chrome

If you continue to hit the keyboard shortcut, chrome will continue to open/restore the last closed tab/windows.

Manually restore tabs in Chrome

You can also access your recently closed tabs and windows from the chrome menu.

  1. Click on the 3 dots on the upper right hand corner of chrome
  2. Hover over History
  3. Click on the tab/tabs that you want to restore
Restoring tabs manually in chrome

Restore tabs from Chrome history and search your history for closed tabs

If you still can’t restore or find the tabs you were looking for, you can try searching your chrome history for the tabs. Simply hit ⌘ + Y on a Mac or Ctrl + h on a windows computer. You can also click the 3 dots on the upper right hand corner of chrome, hover over history, and then click on History to open the history search page in chrome.

From here, you can search all your recent history and restore tabs.

Enable restoring tabs after restart in Google Chrome

If you’d like to restore tabs on restart going forward, its simple:

  1. Open the Chrome menu (click the 3-dot menu in the upper-right corner of Chrome)
  2. Click Settings
  3. Scroll to the On Startup section at the bottom of the page
  4. Click to enable the setting Continue where you left off

Is there a better way?

Restoring tabs in chrome is cumbersome. You need to click through a bunch of menus and there is no way to see whats in each session. Clicking CMD/CNTL + SHIFT + T to hopefully restore the tab or window that you’re looking for is also a hit or miss method.

We built a tool for this exact reason. Browsers get too cluttered too easily. Restoring sessions is hard. While working, you quickly get too many tabs open, and don’t know what to do with them.

Partizion is a bookmark/session/tab manager that helps you declutter your browser, save and restore tabs, and organize your work. Really, it’s just how we all wished the browser worked.


In Partizion, browsing your past sessions is easy. You can view all their contents and restore a tab or whole window with the click of a button.

The Sessions window in Partizion

Saving multiple tabs in chrome with Partizion

With Partizion, saving all your open tabs, your current window, or just select tabs is super simple.

The Partizion Chrome extension

Saving multiple tabs isn’t just easy — its rewarding to organize them and effortlessly switch contexts to save time. In Partizion, you can switch to different groups of saved tabs in one click.


Groups of saved tabs — Collections in Partizion

For example, you might have a daily or weekly routine that you could save to a collection. You can save multiple tabs in chrome for reading lists, projects, tasks, work tools, and more. Every time you need to open one of these groups of tabs it is just a click away.

No more losing work. No more 25+ tabs open. No more smashing your keyboard to restore that tab you’re looking for. Just seamless, simple, and powerful tab management.

See why Partizion has 4.8 stars on the chrome store, and why so many people are decluttering their browsers and getting into deep work using Partizion.

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Partizion the most advanced tab and session manager extension for Chrome. Manage Tabs, Save Session, and find any link or tab with search! Combat too many tabs with Partizion