Restore Crashed Sessions Or Accidental Browser Closures In Google Chrome

went 30% faster a couple of days ago, we did not cover that, however we have already covered the features available in newer Chrome in earlier posts here.

However this release still does not address a problem with Google Chrome.

  1. The ability to restore sessions using the user interface options.
  2. The lack of a alerting mechanism to alert users, when they are closing multiple tabs.

Before we tell you how to restore sessions in Google Chrome, we wanted to spend a few moments addressing the issues we stated above.

In the point 2 as we suggested, Chrome lacks a basic feature to alert users when they are closing multiple tabs at once, in the past I have been a cruel victim of this so called lack of feature when I have closed a Chrome window with 20 tabs and painfully sifted through the history to open each of them back again, however looking at this post on their Code threads, I do believe that they are not going to add this option in the near future.

Here comes the second part to add misery to the cruelty, once you have closed the tabs, no matter you did it accidentally or purposely, there is no way to restore the closed tabs, unless you sift through your history and open them one at a time.

So what do you do in such situations, turns out that Chrome does have an option to restore previous sessions, albeit they think it’s only for the geeks, however we will demystify the process for our readers in three simple steps.

How To Restore Sessions In Google Chrome?

Step 1: Create a new shortcut to Google Chrome executable and place it on your desktop or any other place, you can directly create a new shortcut by navigating to the directory Chrome installs itself in, right clicking on the Chrome executable and selecting Send To > Desktop (create shortcut) option.

Step 2: Edit the shortcut you just added to the desktop, by right clicking on it and selecting properties, go to General and rename the shortcut to something sensible, preferably Restore Google Chrome, so that you can easily recognize it. Do not close the properties window yet.

Step 3: Click on the shortcut tab and add this parameter to the end of the text in the Target text box –restore-last-session, preceded by a space and without the quotes. Once you have done this, click on the Ok button to save your changes.

The next time you accidentally close Chrome or it crashes on you and does not give you an option to restore your session, click on this shortcut you just created and it should open up all the tabs that were open in the last session.

This is really a annoyance and there is no reason why Chrome should not be adding this feature to the user interface in the first place, however like always there are things which can be used to get out of situations.

Just a note here, the restore sessions will only work if there are no instances of chrome running, if you open the shortcut you just created, it will result in a new chrome window opening with a blank tab or the homepage you have set up to open.

11 thoughts on “Restore Crashed Sessions Or Accidental Browser Closures In Google Chrome”

  1. AM USING VISTA
    #1 find and copy the files Last Session and Last Taps… to a safe location:

    C:\Users\(YourUserName)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Last Session
    C:\Users\BLESSED\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Last Tabs

    #2 close Chrome

    #3 rename the files as shown below and copy those files back, replacing files Current Session and Current Tabs:

    Last Session –> Current Session
    Last Tabs –> Current Tabs

    This has worked for me… so if you’re really burnt on restoring your session you shd add me on yahoo messenger… [email protected]

  2. Found an item on the “Recently Closed Tabs” said “Tabs: 9″. This immediately opens up them in a new window.

  3. Please help! I must have accidentally clicked the new timeline on facebook and it says I have 6 days before it goes live. I do NOT want the facebook timeline, only the original. How can I get it back? Please and thank you.

  4. Please help! I must have accidentally clicked the new timeline on facebook and it says I have 6 days before it goes live. I do NOT want the facebook timeline, only the original. How can I get it back? Please and thank you.

  5. This trick doesn’t seem to be working any more, as of Chrome 18. I get this error:

    “Oops! Google Chrome could not find xn--restore-last-session-2t2l”

    I verified that I entered the command line option correctly. Is this still working for anyone?

  6. Please help! I must have accidentally clicked the new timeline on facebook and it says I have 6 days before it goes live. I do NOT want the facebook timeline, only the original. How can I get it back? Please and thank you.

  7. if you accidentally closed your chrome browser, all you need to do is open it up again, right click on the tabs bar and select “reopen closed tab”, it will open all the tabs you had previously

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