2010-12-26

Restore Last Session in Safari, Firefox, Chrome

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Restore Last Session in Safari, Firefox, Chrome

Xah Lee, 2010-12-26

This page tells you how to restore your last session (all opened pages (tabs/windows)) in all major browsers.

In my daily work, i usually have 10 to 20 tabs open in each of Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and sometimes Safari, Internet Explorer too. (yes, i use all of them at the same time.) It is critical for me that when a browser crashed, i must have all the my pages re-open. Because, the tabs i have open usually means to-read or otherwise to-do item.

Safari

Recently, Safari (5.0.3) on Windows added a new feature. Now you can open all tabs in your last session. It's under the menu “History▸Reopen All Windows From Last Session”. Finally. Safari is the last browser to have this feature.

Firefox

Firefox, starting about version 3.x, will automatically open all tabs in your last session if it crashed. (See: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Session_Restore) Go to your “tools▸options”, in the “General” tab, under “When firefox startsup”, choose “Show my windows and tabs from last time”.

However, sometimes if you exit Firefox (by clicking the ⌧ close box on the window), then when you launch Firefox, it may not restore your last session.

Here's add-on called “Session Manager” to solve this problem, at Source addons.mozilla.org

After you installed it, you can go to the menu “Tools▸session Manager” to open your last session anytime.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is the best here. It always just restore your previous pages, doesn't matter it is a crash or normal exit.

Make sure you turn it on. Click on the wench icon on top right to go to options, then in “Basics” tab, “On startup”, choose “Reopen the pages that were open last”.

Internet Explorer 8

In Internet Explorer 8, to reopen last session, just go to “Tools▸Reopen Last Browsing Session”.

Opera

Opera is also very nice. It automatically reopens your last session always. Make sure you have it on.

Go to “Tools▸Preference”, “General” tab, in “Startup” field, choose “Continue from last time”.

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