How To: Reopen Recently Closed Tabs in Safari

Have you ever accidentally closed a tab or window in Safari and realised there was a tonne of information that you still needed? Welcome to the club - it’s not exclusive, I promise you - we’ve all been there at some point. 

The good news is that recovering either the tabs or window(s) is an easy process, whether you are on macOS or iOS:

macOS

If you’ve closed a tab by mistake, pressing ⌘+Z , the standard Undo shortcut, will open the last closed tab. Alternatively, you can go to Edit -> Undo Close Tab

If it’s a Window that needs to be recovered, the History menu bar item is your friend here. In the third grouping of items down from the top, you will see some great options:

  • Recently Closed - this shows a submenu of recently closed tabs you can open
  • Reopen Last Closed Tab - this is the same effective action as Undo Close Tab
  • Reopen Last Closed Window - if you have accidentally closed an entire window, you will choose this option.
  • Reopen All Windows From Last Session - this recovers the Safari view from the last time the application was closed in it’s entirety. 

iOS

Safari on iOS lets you reopen recently closed tabs too. When clicking on the new tab button, performing a long press on the + button will display a list of recently closed tabs. It’s cool to note as well that this works on macOS when long clicking on the + button next to the right-most tab.

Quickly Close Safari Tabs

Quick and Simple tip. 

Do you find yourself looking at your Safari tabs and wondering you got into the position of having so many open at once? I hear you, I’m the same. It’s organic and surprising how quickly it can happen. 

If you right-click on a tab, you’ll see the option to Close Other Tabs.

That’s an easy solution right there. 

Not many people know, however, that if you press  whilst clicking on the small x at the corner of the tab you wish to keep open, all other tabs will close too. 

Very handy. 

Lastly, you can use the shortcut ⌘ ⌥ W in the same way. 

Even handier. 

Pick one and run with it and keep Safari tidy.