Reopen a closed tab on Google Chrome

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Did you accidentally close a tab in Chrome? Do not panic ! You can very easily reopen it and resume your web browsing.

  • Use the Reopen a closed tab feature
  • Reopen a closed tab with a keyboard shortcut
  • Find a particular closed tab

Whoops ! While browsing the Internet with Chrome, you accidentally closed the tab of a website that you wanted to revisit or keep in your bookmarks. A blunder that often happens, especially when you multiply the tabs in the same window, just to switch easily between different sites – it is not uncommon to have several dozen piled up in the bar of the navigation window, and suddenly , difficult to identify...
Fortunately, like any good modern browser, Chrome can find and reopen a recently closed tab. Since version 78 of its browser, Google has changed the place of this function, but it remains easy to find.
Note, however, that if this function is available on both Windows and macOS, it is not offered for tabs opened in private browsing mode, which, in essence, does not keep any trace of the sites visited.



Use the Reopen a closed tab feature

  • In the Chrome window, right click on an empty space in the tab bar.

  • In the pop-up menu that appears, click Reopen the closed tab. Note that if you closed a full window, the option will say Reopen Closed Window.
  • Depending on the case, Chrome opens the last closed tab, or the last closed window.

Repeat the process to reopen tabs in chronological order of closing.



Reopen a closed tab with a keyboard shortcut

For more comfort and speed, Google has integrated a keyboard shortcut for reopening a closed tab.

  • Simultaneously press the keys Ctrl + Shift + T to reopen the last closed tab.

Again, you can repeat the process to reopen the tabs in their chronological order of closing.

Find a particular closed tab

The previously described function only works for the very last tab you closed. If the tab you're looking for isn't the last you closed, there's still a solution, since Chrome has a menu listing recently closed tabs and windows.


  • In the Chrome window, click three dots symbol, in the upper-right corner, to open the main control menu, then click History.

  • A cascading menu appears. The Recently Closed section lists recently closed pages. Click on the one that interests you to reopen it in a new tab.


  • If you can't find the page you're looking for in this list, click History in the cascading menu (or type the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + H).
  • Chrome then opens a new tab with the complete list of pages visited, listed in reverse chronological order, from the most recent to the oldest. You just have to browse it to find the lost site by clicking on it!

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