How to Re-Open Recently Closed Tabs in Safari for Mac the Easy Way

Mar 14, 2017 - 13 Comments

Re-open closed Safari tabs on Mac

Mac users have long been able to re-open a closed Safari tab by using a keyboard shortcut, but what if some time has passed, or what if you want to re-open a specific closed tab in Safari? It turns out the latest versions of Safari for Mac OS support a menu-based option to easily browse through a list of recently closed tabs, which you can then select any closed tab from to re-open.

Re-Open Recently Closed Safari Tabs on Mac

  1. From any active Safari browser window on the Mac, click and hold on the “+” plus button in the Safari tab bar
  2. Re-open closed Safari tabs on Mac

  3. Select the Safari tab you want to re-open
  4. Reopening and choosing which tabs to Reopen in Safari on Mac

  5. Repeat with other recently closed Safari tabs you want to re-open if desired

This is a simple and effective way of re-opening recently closed tabs and browser windows in Safari for Mac. Perhaps the best part about this approach is that it allows you to select a specific browser tab to re-open, whereas the Command+Z keystroke to reopen tabs approach will just re-open the last closed Safari tabs in chronological order.

If this trick sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because it’s just like how you re-open closed tabs in Safari for iPhone and iPad in the iOS world.

Know of another way to reopen closed tabs in Safari for Mac? Is there a better approach? Let us know in the comments!

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


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  1. Stefano says:

    I have no idea how so many people seem to be convinced this does work. It definetely doesn’t on my mac…

  2. Desiré says:

    I’ve always used history. Like this better!

  3. MS says:

    Alternative on Step 1. If you right-click on the +, you do not need to click-hold. Oddly, I didn’t know about click-hold until now.

  4. CJ says:

    Good to know will be useful =) btw I always used the “reopen last closed window” command from the History menu, that’s because sometimes I close the wrong window so the specific menu item comes in handy and with the cmd-shift-T shortcut

  5. PJ says:

    Doesn’t work on my iMac !!

  6. David says:

    Been on Macs for 20+ years and embarrassed to say I did NOT know this and I have my own IT business :-/ Thanks for sharing it :)

    • Paul says:

      This particular ability is fairly recent addition, the other option was to use the History menu and various submenus in there.

  7. Helen Wyvill says:

    I’ve always used History>recently closed

    • Kellen says:

      I use the history menu in Safari mostly too but this is a nice trick since it’s the same on Mac what it is on iPad and iPhone.

      Some things are good to merge features like that.

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