How to Recover Closed Or Crashed Google Chrome Tabs


If you accidentally close many open tabs on Chrome, you need a way to open them back up quickly.

Chrome is simple, fast, and it supports tabs; lots of them. But, when you have 14 websites open, and your browser crashes, it might seem like nothing short of a disaster. I mean, that is a lot of lost TPS reports that you’ll have to track down and open back up. The Google team is already on it; in Chrome, a feature will automatically recover all of your recently closed tabs. It even groups them and remembers what order you had them opened in!

Step 1

In Chrome, click the + (New Tab) button to the right of your last opened tab.

open a new tab in chrome

Step 2

You’ll see your most visited sites on the new tab page, but below them is your Recently closed list. On this list will be any websites that you’ve recently visited and exited; websites you were viewing if Chrome crashed will appear here also.

You can click any of the site names from the Recently Closed list to open them.

recover lost chrome tabs

Step 3

When Chrome crashes, or you exit a window full of tabs, Chrome will still the entire group of closed tabs from the window. You can click the list icon and open individual pages, or you can choose to open the entire group.

recover lost chrome windows


Recovering crashed or closed tabs in Google Chrome is simple. If you are running experimental builds of Chrome and Flash, it’s necessary to have up your sleeve to minimize casualties when something occasionally goes wrong.



  1. Lauren Halagarda

    December 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks for the tip on quickly recovering from a Chrome browser crash! Another quick way to recover a recently closed tab is using the shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+T ;)

  2. Sergiy

    February 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

    BS, Chrome still lame, loses this data after crashes..or even after an addon update.. Lame

  3. Skye

    July 19, 2012 at 8:19 am

    very helpful thanks!

    • Steve Krause

      July 19, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Yeah you bet!

      Welcome to groovypost.


    August 18, 2012 at 11:55 am

    chrome tab recovery is inferior to Firefox thinking of switching back.

  5. karthik

    October 21, 2012 at 5:39 am

    thanks it real very helpful

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