Over the past few years browser tabs have become the standard in web surfing. As a technical writer I’ll often find myself with 30+ open tabs while doing research. With so many tabs open, it becomes very easy to accidentally close the wrong one. When this happens, both Chrome and Firefox have interface options to bring the tabs back, but a keyboard shortcut is the fastest way to go about it.
In the age of tabs, there were many keyboard shortcuts. Some short, some powerful. But there was one shortcut forged to rule them all. The keyboard hotkey combination to instantly reopen a closed tab.
Press Ctrl + Shift + T to instantly reopen tabs that were closed, in the order that they were closed. On a mac substitute the ⌘ key for Ctrl.
If you’re still not convinced and prefer to click with the mouse, check the instructions below.
In Chrome the interface works the same as it did before with just a minor change to the button location. You’ll find a list of all of your recently closed Chrome tabs at the bottom-right of a New Tab window.
Firefox keeps it simple. Just open the Firefox menu button and select History > Recently Closed Tabs. From there you can select an individual tab to reopen or do the entire list in one click.