How to restore Chrome tabs if the “Re-Open Last Session” button is not available?

Google Chrome or your PC have both crashed. When you refresh Chrome, all of your tabs are gone, and there’s no button offering to “Re-open Last Session.” Perhaps you missed it? Or perhaps it was never there in the first place. In any case, you’d like to reclaim those tabs.

And you certainly can! To the right of your address bar, click the three vertical dot button.

Click the three dots in the top right hand corner.

You’ll see a menu item labeled “History” with an arrow next to it. Hover your cursor over here and you’ll see your recent history.

If your browser just closed or crashed, you should see an item labeled “3 tabs,” for example, and clicking it will restore your whole collection of tabs.

Hover over "History", then click "3 tabs" to restore your tabs.

If you’re only interested in a handful of the open tabs, you may mouse over “3 tabs” to get a list of the tabs that were closed.

List of tabs closed.

If this fails, you might try a keyboard shortcut. Control+Shift+T (or Command+Shift+T on a Mac) will reopen your most recently closed tab or window. Continue doing this until your previous window re-spawns or the shortcut stops working.

However, there’s a risk your window won’t reappear, especially if you’ve been using your browser since the crash. If that’s the case, choose the “History” option at the top of the menu, or press Control+H (Mac: Command+Y) on your keyboard.

Google Chrome's history page.

Unfortunately, you will not discover “bundles” of tabs here like you did in the menu we mentioned previously. However, if you’ve misplaced a tab, you may find it by scrolling or searching. It’s not ideal, but at least you have a record of those tabs you misplaced.

It is important to note that any tabs opened in a Private Browsing tab cannot be restored using your browsing history. They’re gone for good (which is kind of the point of Private Browsing.)

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