It’s happened to all of us sometime: We have dozens of tabs open in our browser and we accidentally close one. Before we cry with our hands on our heads, Windows has a simple shortcut that will return that tab: Ctrl + Shift + T,
It sounds so simple, almost unnecessary, but it is one of the most useful and important shortcuts in Windows. In the example given, closing a tab doesn’t mean the end of the world, just go to the browsing history and find the closed page there. However, the search takes a few minutes, while Reopening a closed tab with Ctrl+Shift+T takes a second, This shortcut is the counterpart of Ctrl + T , the shortcut for opening a new tab.
Ctrl+Shift+T doesn’t work just to reopen the last closed tab. The shortcut has “memory”, which means that pressing it again will open the closed tab before, and so on.
Still not convinced? Ctrl + Shift + T Re-open a window with a group of tabs, If you close a window with more than one tab and then reopen the browser, pressing the shortcut will automatically open the tabs you had earlier.
And it also works retroactively with Windows. ie, if you have two windows with multiple tabs and you close them, when you reopen the browser and activate Ctrl+Shift+T, the previous window you closed will reopen. and if you press it again, the window before it will open, with everything else and the active tab.
Ctrl + Shift + T is the Windows version of this shortcut, but Mac also has its own version: Cmd + Shift + T, and it works exactly the same. Furthermore, both shortcuts work in most browsers, and have been tested and used extensively in Edge and Chrome by the Xataka México team.
Other ways to open closed tabs
As already mentioned, this shortcut is not the only way to reopen closed tabs, but it is definitely the fastest and most useful. However, here are other alternative methods:
- by pressing the three dots above or Shortcut Ctrl + H and there search the word related to the closed tab manually or by typing in search bar
- In Chromium-based browsers such as Chrome and Edge, right click on the browser iconand a menu will appear with the section “Recently Closed”
- Shortcuts, also in the Chromium browser Ctrl + A opens a tab search menuBoth recently opened and recently closed pages