How to Reopen & Restore Windows from Last Session in Safari

Oct 1, 2010 - 2 Comments

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If you ever find that Safari crashes, blame Flash. Ok all jokes aside, if Safari has crashed in the midst of browsing the web, you can quickly restore your last browsing session, including all of its closed windows, tabs, and URL’s just by doing the following simple trick once Safari has re-opened.

  • Pull down the History menu
  • Scroll down to “Reopen All Windows from Last Session”

This will instantly relaunch every previously opened window and tab into new windows and tabs, effectively restoring your previous browsing session exactly where you left off. A huge time saver, particularly for those of us who live in web browsers but have the occasional misfortune of a Safari crash.

This even works if you accidentally closed an entire window full of tabs, you can instantly restore them all using that same “Reopen” trick.

Remember this, and don’t forget it! This has personally saved me from all sorts of stress and headaches when Safari crashes with important tabs and windows open, and you’re sure to get the same relief from it as well. Try it out the next time you have browser failure, you’ll be thrilled such a feature exists.

Note: modern versions of OS X have a separate system level window restore function, that works in addition to this, and you can effectively use both or either ways to restore prior browsing sessions on your Mac.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Nathaniel says:

    This does not work in Windows version of Safari. There is no History menu – History is in the Bookmarks folder.

  2. blarg3434 says:

    why is it with macs you get the same stupid answers that dont work. I hit reopen last session, it crashed and all those tabs that would have opened …gone, erased from the last session cache. Safari is such a p.o.s. thanks for nothing

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