Manually Restore the Last Browsing Session in Safari on Mac OS X
Safari for Mac includes the ability to manually restore your last web browsing session, this is helpful if you want to get back to where you were before a session ended or closed. Unlike Firefox and Chrome, Safari won’t prompt you with the little “restore” button though. While modern versions of OS X will attempt to restore the last browsing session if the Safari app was quit or crashed, old versions of the Mac do not do that, but whether old or new versions of Safari and OS X are in use, you can always manually choose to restore the last browsing session and windows that were closed even without a crash or quit.
Here’s how to restore all the web sites you were last looking at in Safari. This is aimed at Mac Safari but it actually works in Safari for Windows too.
- From Safari, open the History menu
- Select “Reopen All Windows From Last Session”
- Wait as Safari relaunches windows and tabs, this can take a few minutes if you had many websites open in your last session
You’ll notice there are other options to re-open windows in Safari too, like the last closed window.
That’s it! This is fast, easy, and works in all versions of Safari on Mac OS X.
I use browser session restoration religiously as an easy way to get back to what I was doing, if I forgot an important tab, or just need to get back to a prior Safari browsing session with windows from sites that are now closed.
While it kind of peeves me that Safari doesn’t include a preference option to include the prompt to restore session upon launch like Chrome and Firefox does, it’s not like it’s inconvenient to pull down the menu option. Plus now that OS X will restore sessions of apps in general, that restore button may not even be necessary. But if you need to, just remember the History menu has what you need to reopen those closed sessions in OS X.