How to start Internet Explorer with tabs from the last session, or reopen closed tabs

Everyone has a personal routine for using web browsers. Most people like their web browsers to start by loading a particular homepage, a search engine or maybe even several different websites simultaneously. We, for instance, prefer to bring all the websites back from our last browsing sessions. If you want that too, and you are still using Internet Explorer at work or even at home, here is how you can launch Internet Explorer with the tabs you had open during your last browsing session, and also how to reopen recently closed tabs:

How to set Internet Explorer to load the tabs from your last session, when you open it

If you usually keep a lot of different tabs opened in Internet Explorer, you may find it useful to pick up where you left off, every time you start this web browser. To do that, you first have to click or tap on the gear button found on its top-right corner. If you prefer using your keyboard, press the Alt + X keys on it.

Then, click or tap on Internet Options.

In the Internet Options window that opens up, go to the General tab. Then, check the "Start with tabs from the last session" option, in the Startup section, and click or tap OK.

That is it! The next time you open Internet Explorer, it should automatically load all the tabs you had open during the previous browsing session.

How to manually restore all the tabs you had open during your last browsing session in Internet Explorer

If you were working on something important the last time you used Internet Explorer, you might need all those tabs back. To load them all again, you have to press the Alt + T keys on your keyboard simultaneously. This should open the Tools menu, which looks like in the screenshot below.

In the Tools menu, click or tap on "Reopen last browsing session."

Note that, if this option is grayed out, it means that you do not have a previous tabs session to reopen.

How to reopen just one or some of the tabs you recently closed in Internet Explorer

We do not think that there is anyone who has not closed a tab by mistake. When this happens, instead of searching through the browsing history, Internet Explorer lets you restore the last closed tab easily. Right-click on an opened tab and then click or tap on the "Reopen last tab" option.

If you have a keyboard, it might be even easier to press Ctrl + Shift + T to restore the tab.

However, you might also want to restore a specific tab that is not necessarily the last one you closed. You can do so by right-clicking on any opened tab and then hovering the mouse over the "Recently closed tabs" submenu. From there, you can also choose to open any of the tabs that you recently closed in Internet Explorer.

Note that this option works only for reopening the tabs that you closed during the current browsing session in Internet Explorer.


The Internet Explorer features covered in this guide can be helpful for any user who still needs or wants to use this old browser. If you closed some tabs by mistake, you could easily find them with just a few clicks, and if you work, for example, for a long time on the same project, you may want to reopen the previous browsing session.