How to: Restore windows and tabs on Safari

One of the great things about other web browsers, such as Firefox and Camino, is that they have many functions that Safari does not have. I’m sorry, I meant, did not have. With Safari 3, many new functions have been introduced, one of which is provided by browsers like the previously mentioned.

All performance enhancements aside, one of the key new features implemented in Safari 3 is restoring one’s last workplace. All you need to do is go to the history tab in the menu bar, and click on Reopen All Windows From Last Session.

Simple as that! The nice thing about it, you don’t always have a window popping up to ask you if you want to restore or not, like Camino, instead, you just use that menu tool when you need it.



  1. Al · December 27, 2008

    Hi, I’m having problems with this feature in Firefox and Camino, because when I click in the red button, Firefox or Camino doesn’t totally close, so they doesn’t save last session tabs, and this is really annoying. Is there any way to solve this? Or to force Firefox and/or Camino to close when clicking on the red button?


  2. Arlo · June 5, 2009

    I have wanted this feature so badly, and didn’t even know it was in Safari 3 until I found this blog post. Thanks!

    And as for the previous commenter’s question … clicking the red button on a Mac doesn’t quit an application. If you press Command-Q instead, that will close all windows and quit the app.

  3. John · October 5, 2009

    However, “restore last session” is useless if you were visiting a website with, say Silverlight, and it CRASHED your browser upon every restore.

    This is where having the opportunity to go back a couple of sessions and turn off some of those browser tabs would be nice.

  4. Mike · November 15, 2009

    Ok, but there should be a way to set it as a default behavior upon browser start, that’s really stupid there isn’t an option like that… as everything with apple, there’s always something screwed up but they will try to sell it as a feature.

  5. Austin D. Nichols · May 9, 2011

    Thank you.

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