Here’s a guide for saving and opening tabs in your favourite web browser from the last session.
If you use hundreds of tabs and are reluctant to close them, like ever, then there’s a way to keep them as open as long as possible. Even if you close your browser or shut down your laptop, the browsers can pull up those tabs again for you.
This is usually done via built-in settings in popular web browsers. And they are different for each of them.
Here’s how to enable this feature.
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How to open tabs from the last session in web browser
- Open Firefox. From the hamburger menu, click on Settings or visit
about:preferencesfrom the address bar.
General > Startupselect the option
"Open previous windows and tabs".
- Close the settings window.
- Now try closing the Firefox and opening it again. And you should see all the open tabs while closing is loaded.
- Remember, this feature does not work in incognito mode for obvious reasons.
Google Chrome and Chromium
- Open Google Chrome or the open-source Chromium browser.
- From the right-top hamburger menu, open settings. Or, type
chrome://settings/from the address bar.
- Click on “On startup” and select “Continue where you left off”.
- And close the tab. Now you can see the tabs are loaded when you open Chrome each time.
- GNOME Web browser (aka Epiphany) enables this option by default. So, ideally, you don’t need to make any changes.
- However, the settings are available under
GeneralTab and in
Sessionsection. The option is
"restore tabs on startup".
- The famous privacy-friendly web browser Brave enables this option by default. So you do not need to make any changes.
- However, you can find this option under
Settings > Get Started > On start-up. The option is “
continue where you left off“.
- The rival chromium-based web browser from Redmond also has this option.
- Open Edge and go to settings (or visit edge://settings).
- Then select
"start, home and new tabs"from the left pane.
- And select
"open tabs from previous sessions".
I hope this guide helps you keep the tabs you always need in the open state. Sometimes, it’s also helpful when you have to reboot your Linux system and you are midway through some important task. After reboot, you can always start over in your browser where you left off.