How to Reopen a Closed Window on Google Chrome

To reopen a closed Google Chrome window, you can recover it from the History menu or use a keyboard shortcut. If the window closes as a result of a crash, reopening Chrome will greet you with a popup that allows you to restore the window.

I can’t even count the amount of times I have accidentally exited a Google Chrome window when I didn’t mean to. It can happen easily when working with multiple windows open, and all it takes is one misclick to close down something incredibly important.

Thankfully, there are a couple of quick and easy methods to reopen a window that was accidentally closed for one reason or another. Keep reading to learn more about some of the many ways to reopen a window you previously closed in Google Chrome.

Key Takeaways

  • Navigating to the History menu is one of the quickest and easiest ways to not only reopen a closed window, but also be able to view each page that was recently closed.
  • You can also use a keyboard shortcut in Google Chrome to bring back pages that were recently closed. Simply open Chrome, and press Ctrl + Shift + T.
  • If your window closes because of a browser or system crash, the next time you open up Chrome a popup should appear that allows you to restore pages.

Method 1: Recover from the History Menu

The first method to reopen a closed window in Chrome is to use the History menu. In Chrome, navigate to the three circle icon at the top right of the screen. Click on it, and then hover over History.

Here, you should see a list of recently closed pages, and clicking on one should instantly restore it. If you closed out multiple tabs at once, there will also be an “[number] tabs” option to bring them back all at once if you want.

If the desired window doesn’t appear in this dropdown list, you can click History. This will take you to a list of your entire browsing history, which should include the window you accidentally closed.

It might take some digging, but if you recently visited the page on your browser, it should appear somewhere in this list. The list highlights the time you visited a page, so if you know when you exited out of the window, it should be relatively easy to find.

Method 2: Use a Keyboard Shortcut

Another way to instantly bring back a window you closed in Chrome is to use a keyboard shortcut. Simply reopen Chrome, and press Ctrl + Shift + T (Windows) or Command + Shift + T (macOS). This will automatically open up the tab you recently closed.

However, this method will only work if the window or page you want to bring back was the last one you closed. If you opened additional windows or browsed other pages after the one you want to bring back, this method will not work as it will load them instead.

Method 3: Reopen After a Crash

If your Google Chrome window is closed as a result of a crash, the process for bringing back the lost window is simple. All you need to do is reopen Chrome, and a popup should appear that asks if you want to restore pages as Chrome didn’t shut down properly.

If you click Restore, it will instantly load the pages that were closed down when you crashed. If this doesn’t work, or the popup doesn’t appear at all, you should be able to navigate to your History menu and restore them that way.

Final Thoughts

Accidentally closing out of an important window in Google Chrome can be a stressful and frustrating experience. But thankfully, there are a variety of ways to bring the page you need back, and I hope this guide helped you learn more about them.

Is there anything else you feel like I should have mentioned in this guide? If so, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below.

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