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Reopening Closed Chrome Tabs with a Simple Shortcuts

Have you ever experienced the minor panic that sets in when you accidentally close Google Chrome, loosing all your open tabs? Or perhaps you’ve had to reboot your computer, only to realize that your meticulously organized tabs in Chrome are gone. Fear not, as there is a simple, yet powerful keyboard shortcut in Windows that can save the day: Ctrl+Shift+T.

The Lifesaver: Ctrl+Shift+T

What It Does: This nifty shortcut is like a time machine for your browser. It brings back the most recently closed window or tab in Google Chrome. If you’ve closed multiple tabs, you can keep pressing Ctrl+Shift+T to reopen them in the order they were closed.

How to Use It

  1. Open Google Chrome: If Chrome is not already open, launch it.
  2. Use the Shortcut: Press Ctrl + Shift + T on your keyboard for a Windows device.  On Mac, you can use Command+Shift+T
  3. Watch the Magic: Your most recently closed tab or window will reappear. If you need to restore more tabs, simply repeat the shortcut.

Why It’s Incredibly Useful

  • Accidental Closures: We’ve all been there – closing a tab or window by mistake. This shortcut quickly rectifies that error.
  • Post-Reboot Recovery: If your computer reboots after an update or due to a crash, this shortcut can restore your browsing session.
  • Efficiency: It’s a fast and easy way to get back to what you were doing, without the hassle of manually searching for previously opened sites.

Tips and Tricks

  • Limitations: Remember, Ctrl+Shift+T works in the context of your current browsing session. If you’ve closed Chrome entirely and then reopened it, the shortcut will only bring back tabs from your most recent session.
  • Incognito Mode: This shortcut does not work for tabs closed in Incognito mode, as Chrome doesn’t save history from these sessions.
  • Customizing Startup: In Chrome settings, under ‘On startup’, you can choose to ‘Continue where you left off’. This automatically reopens tabs from your previous session whenever you start Chrome.


Ctrl+Shift+T is a small but mighty tool in your browsing toolkit. It’s simple to use and can save you time and frustration. Whether you’re a student, professional, or casual browser, knowing this shortcut can enhance your browsing experience in Windows. Next time you find your tabs lost to a reboot or a slip of the finger, remember Ctrl+Shift+T is your quick fix to getting back on track.

Remember, the best way to become familiar with this shortcut is by using it. So, the next time you’re in Chrome, give it a try!

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  • James Forbis

    James Forbis is a cybersecurity professional, business owner, and best selling author with over 30 years of experience in the IT industry. James is guided by a personal motto to never stop learning. That drive has pushed him to grow a company that is securing and supporting thousands of users. James is a Certified Ethical Hacker and he uses that to stay up to date with the emerging trends of cybersecurity and at the forefront of security for small and medium business.

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