How to Reopen a Closed Window in Google Chrome

How often does it happen that you accidentally close an essential window/tab in Google Chrome?

Chrome is one of the most popular browsers among users of all types. The reason is its compatibility and ecosystem with other useful google apps. Moreover, the browser carries some outstanding features.

However, not many people know about some beneficial ones and find themselves in trouble when the solution was just a click away.

One such significant function is to restore the closed tabs in Google Chrome. Interestingly, there is more than one method to do the task.

So, without much raving, let’s get straight into it.

Reopen Closed Window and Tabs in Google Chrome

Imagine you are making a report, and after hours of research, you finally found a useful page. Now, there are tens of tabs open in your browser that aren’t much useful. So, you decided to close the unnecessary ones to bring down your CPU usage. In the process, you accidentally deleted the one you wanted as well. Bad luck!

Another scenario can be where your Chrome crashed out of nowhere, and you lost all the stuff in one go. To help you out in such cases, Chrome presents you the essential function of restoring your tabs. Let’s see all the working methods to do the same.

Closed a Tab Accidentally

If you unknowingly clicked at the wrong place and lost your tab, follow the steps to restore it quickly.

1. Right-click on the empty area in the tab bar section.

2. Then, select the “Reopen closed tab” to reopen the last closed tab.

Reopen closed window

Tip: Press “Ctrl+Shift+T” or “Command+Shift+T” to get the same results using a keyboard shortcut.

You can repeat the process to reopen all closed tabs in a particular window in a session.

Chrome or Computer Crashed

No one like to deal with a computer crash regardless of the seriousness of the work you were doing. Chrome here is a saviour of such situations. The program handles any crash with extreme care and intuitively ask you to restore the pages when you open the browser again. You can notice a pop-up that says “Restore Tabs” when you reopen the window.

However, sometimes the feature doesn’t work correctly and you might think you lost the tabs. Use the following steps to restore your work in such cases:

1. Click on the “Customize and control Google Chrome” button (three vertical dots) on the top-right corner.

2. Then hover over the “History” option.

3. Now, click on the “# tabs” (e.g. 3 tabs) option to reopen all tabs closed with the window.

reopen recently closed tabs in chrome

The “# tabs” appears when you close a window that contained more than one tab.

You can also press “Ctrl+Shift+T” or “Command+Shift+T” repeatedly until Chrome ran out of tabs to recover.

Restore Recently Closed Tabs

Chrome also allows you to reopen a recently closed tab quickly from the menu. Follow the steps to know-how: 

1. Click on the “Customize and control Google Chrome” button (three vertical dots) on the top-right corner.

2. Then hover over the “History” option.

recently closed tabs in history

It should show you the list of recently closed tabs. You can choose the one that you want, and Chrome would open it in a new tab. If this method appears of no use, then follow the next one.

Tab you Closed a Few Days Ago

Sometimes it might happen that you don’t find the required page in the recent tab. You can go to the History section of Chrome browser to search for the page. 

1. Click on the “Customize and control Google Chrome” button (three vertical dots) on the top-right corner.

chrome history section

2. Click on the “History” section.

You can also enter “chrome://history/” in the URL bar or press “Ctrl+H” (Command+Y in mac) to reach the same page.

chrome history page

Here, you can either search for the page by its title, if you remember, or scroll down the page to find it manually.

Remember, all these methods won’t apply if you were browsing in the incognito mode.


Reopening the closed tabs in Google Chrome is a straightforward task. You can save a lot of troubles using the methods mentioned in the article. Besides, there are some extensions also that can save the session for you. However, you might expose your privacy while using them. In short, Google Chrome’s in-house methods are sufficient to recover the damage caused by losing a tab accidentally.

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