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- Closing the Last Tab – A Serious Mistake?
- How Do You Restore All Tabs in Chrome at Once?
- 3. Save Chrome tabs with Workona (works reliably)
- Method 2
- How to Save All Tabs in Chrome on Mobile
- How To Fix Chrome Not Closing Tabs On Exit Issue?
- Solution 1: Set Chrome To Open New Tab On Startup
- Solution 2: Stop Background Apps From Running After Chrome Is Closed
- Solution 3: Check For Suspicious Extensions
- Solution 4: Clear Browser Cache And History
- Solution 5: Reinstall Chrome
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Closing the Last Tab – A Serious Mistake?
When foraging through the web for relevant information, users often have a lot of tabs open. When the user decides to close all of the unused tabs, they may inadvertently close the last tab. This is a crushing blow if you are using private browsing or incognito mode. When you use incognito mode, the browsing history is not stored. If the last tab contained a webpage with important information, you will not be able to return to that web page by accessing your browsing history. If you do not remember the webpage of the last tab, you will have to search for it over again—which hinders your user experience. Until Google decides to fix this problem by removing this feature, you will have to be careful to not accidentally close the last tab.
How Do You Restore All Tabs in Chrome at Once?
Thankfully, restoring all your saved tabs in Chrome is straightforward if you’ve saved them as bookmarks. We’ll provide details regarding how to do this on a PC version, as the mobile version is less user-friendly:
- When you want to open your saved tabs, navigate to the saved bookmarks folder, right-click it, then select “Open all” or “Open all in a new window” to create a new version of the Chrome browser to open the saved tabs in. If you want to open a single bookmark, you can select it from the bookmark list under that folder.
- Once you’re done using a bookmarked tab, you can right-click it and select Delete to remove it from the folder. You can also delete the entire folder from the bookmarks list and make space for new bookmarks once you’ve exhausted the list of tabs.
Use the dedicated mobile devices section below for instructions on how to open bookmarks on a specific mobile browser.
3. Save Chrome tabs with Workona (works reliably)
The first Chrome option (bookmarking all tabs) results in a disorganized mess — plus, you have to remember to do it every single time. The other option in Chrome (saving tabs when the browser closes) is more hands off, but it won't help if you lose hundreds of tabs in a browser crash.
Workona securely saves, organizes, and backs up your tabs, making it the most reliable way to save Chrome tabs or sessions. A lot of users find Workona when they’re searching for a way to restore their lost Chrome tabs after it crashes unexpectedly.
A better way to reopen closed window is by using the shortcut — CTRL + SHIFT + T (or CMD + SHIFT + T for Mac). Yes, it’s the same shortcut that we use to reopen closed tab on regular browsing. And it also works fine after the browser is closed.
Or, you can also right-click on the chrome’s tab and select, reopen closed window option.
However, since Chrome stores all the user data in a temp folder, this shortcut may not work every time. For instance, if you quit Chrome, shut down your computer and then restart it after some time; then chances are, all you data will be lost.
How to Save All Tabs in Chrome on Mobile
If you’re using a mobile device, you might be wondering how to save all tabs in Chrome on an Android phone or iPhone. Unfortunately, Chrome is somewhat limited in its mobile versions, and it doesn’t even support extensions to make life any easier. However, a workaround exists that gets the same result, albeit not as straightforward as the PC options.
In this method, we’ll be using Chrome’s profile and history features to back up tabs:
- You need to log in to Chrome on your mobile device and your PC for this to work. Use the same account for both devices. You can keep both devices running simultaneously.
- Close Chrome on your mobile device without closing the tabs.
- Open Chrome on your PC, then open the History tab. Use the shortcut Ctrl + H (or Command + H on Mac), or go through the Options (three dots) menu to access it.
- In the History tab, select “Tabs from other devices” on the left-hand menu.
- The most recent tabs from your mobile device should appear in the history list. The list might also hold tabs you’ve previously closed.
- Open the desired pages on Chrome on your PC. Use Right-Click > “Open link in new tab” or click the middle mouse button to expedite the process a bit.
- Once the tabs have been loaded on Chrome, close all unnecessary tabs (such as the History tab itself).
- Use the above-described method to save all the current tabs in Chrome as bookmarks. Save the bookmarks folder in the main Bookmarks tab for easier access, and rearrange it against other items as needed.
- You can now open the saved bookmarks from your mobile device.
- Tap on the three dots icon on the corner, then tap on Bookmarks to bring up the Bookmark menu on your Android/iPhone.
- Open the saved bookmarks folder, then select the page you want to open.
- If you want to open multiple tabs at once, tap on the three dots next to one of the entries on the list, then tap Select.
In the selection menu, tap on the items you want to include, then tap on the three dots on the top corner and select “Open in new tab.”
The other method of storing your tabs on a mobile device includes turning on your phone’s developer settings and using JSON to extract all URLs’ raw text in the current tabs. We don’t recommend this method unless you’re an advanced user and thus, we won’t detail the process here. However, you can see the details involved and learn how to do it here. While there aren’t many chances of screwing the phone up, the unwieldy extraction and requirements of separate software make it less suitable for daily use.
Extracting tabs from a mobile device is more unwieldy than using the PC version of Chrome, but there are seemingly no plans to add the bookmarking feature to the mobile browsers as yet. If Google includes such an option in a later update, we’ll edit the article as needed.
How To Fix Chrome Not Closing Tabs On Exit Issue?
Now that we know the different causes of this issue, it’s time to fix it. Follow the solutions given below carefully and hopefully, this issue will get fixed.
Solution 1: Set Chrome To Open New Tab On Startup
The On Startup setting of Chrome seems to be the main cause of this issue. You can set Chrome to open from where it was previously exited on startup from the Chrome settings. It is most likely that you have enabled that feature of Chrome without the intention of doing it.
If this is the case, then it can easily be fixed by changing the On Startup settings of Chrome. To change it, follow the steps given below:
- Open Chrome and click on the menu button (3 vertical dots) on the upper right corner of the screen.
- Select the Settings option from the pop-up menu.
- Scroll down until you reach the On Startup option.
- Now, select the Open the New Tab page option.
Now, restart Chrome and check if the previous tabs still appear on startup. This Chrome not closing tabs on exit issue should be fixed by using this solution. However, if this solution fails to work, then check out the other solutions.
Solution 2: Stop Background Apps From Running After Chrome Is Closed
The Chrome may be set to continue running its background apps after its closed, which leads to the previously closed tabs reopening when you reopen Chrome. In this scenario, disabling this feature should fix this issue.
To disable Chrome from running background apps after its closed, follow the steps given below:
- Open the Chrome Settings again.
- Scroll down until you reach the Advanced option. Click on the Advanced option to open the advanced settings.
- Keep scrolling down until you reach the System section.
- Turn off the toggle beside the Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed option.
- Now, restart Chrome and check if the issue has resolved.
Solution 3: Check For Suspicious Extensions
There can be extensions installed in your Chrome that prevents the tabs to close after Chrome is closed. Check if any extensions seem suspicious. To check extensions installed in your Chrome, follow the steps given below:
- Open Chrome and click on the menu button.
- Move the cursor to the More Tools option and then select the Extensions option from the new side menu.
- Now, all the extensions installed in Chrome will be open your screen.
If you notice any suspicious extension, then click on the toggle next to it to disable it. After disabling it, check if the issue persists. If this fixes the issue, then remove the extension. To remove it, just click on the Remove option below the extension.
Solution 4: Clear Browser Cache And History
The browser cache and history are unlikely to be the causes of this issue, but if the other solutions above don’t work, then you might as well try this. Corruption of cache in Chrome is known to be the cause for many bugs, and there is a chance that it can also trigger this bug.
To clear the cache and history in Chrome, follow the steps given below:
- First of all open Chrome.
- Press the Ctrl + Shift + Delete keys on your keyboard. This will directly open the Clear browsing data dialog on your screen.
- Make sure to select all the elements and change the Time range to All time.
- Click on the Clear data option to delete the cache and the browsing history completely.
Clearing browsing history and cache also are important to maintain your privacy, especially if you are using a shared computer. Many users ask how to delete tabs on Google Chrome and this is a great way to delete all the tabs in Google Chrome that you opened in the past.
Solution 5: Reinstall Chrome
If none of the other solutions worked, then the only choices you are left with are either resetting Chrome or reinstalling it. In my opinion, reinstalling Chrome should be the better option here. If you are unwilling to reinstall, then you may try resetting first.
To reset Chrome, open the advanced settings again and scroll to the Reset and clean up section. Select the Restore settings to their original defaults option and then click on the Reset settings option.
If resetting also doesn’t work, then you have no choice but to reinstall Chrome.
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Dave Johnson Freelance Writer Dave Johnson is a technology journalist who writes about consumer tech and how the industry is transforming the speculative world of science fiction into modern-day real life. Dave grew up in New Jersey before entering the Air Force to operate satellites, teach space operations, and do space launch planning. He then spent eight years as a content lead on the Windows team at Microsoft. As a photographer, Dave has photographed wolves in their natural environment; he’s also a scuba instructor and co-host of several podcasts. Dave is the author of more than two dozen books and has contributed to many sites and publications including CNET, Forbes, PC World, How To Geek, and Insider. Read more Read less