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Want your browser to continue where you left off? This is how

It’ll save you a bit of time trying to reopen those tabs again.

TABS ARE INCREDIBLY handy to use but sometimes you can have so many open, you forget what exactly you had open.

If you have to close your browser and restart, you would usually have to go by memory or search your history to find those tabs again.

Instead of starting afresh and trying to find those pages in your history, you can set your browser so that it starts exactly where you left off. All modern browsers allow this so here’s how to do it for each one.

(On a related note, pressing Ctrl + Shift + T reopens the last tab you’ve closed. Always handy to know).


On Chrome, you need to go into menu (the three horizontal lines at the top right-hand corner) and scroll down to settings.

Here you will see the second entry ‘On Startup’ where you’ll see three options: start on new tab, resume previous session and open up specific pages. Choosing the middle will ensure that any tabs you had opened the last time you used Chrome will load up when you return.

On Startup


Similar to Chrome, click on the menu icon at the top right-hand corner and select options. In the section which says Startup, you will see the option When Firefox Starts. Click on the dropdown menu and select Show my windows and tabs from last time.

firefox browser reopen


Unlike other browsers, Opera places its menu at the top left-hand corner of the screen. Click on it and scroll down to settings. The On Startup option will be the second entry on the list.

Opera browser



Slightly different if you’re on Mac, but by clicking on Safari at the top left-hand corner and selecting Preferences, you will see the option ‘Safari opens with’. Click on that and change it to All windows from last session.

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Microsoft Edge

The Windows 10 browser started off lightweight but introduced this feature as part of a later update. If you go into menu (three dots) and click on settings, you will see the option listed underneath previous pages.

Internet Explorer 

Click on settings at the top right-hand corner and select Internet Options. Under the general tab, go to the Startup section and select ‘Start with tabs from the last session’.

Internet Explorer



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