How to restore previous sessions in Microsoft Edge

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One of the most useful features of every major browser is the ability to restore previous sessions. In case of a crash, there’s nothing more annoying than losing all your important tabs. So, restoring recently closed tabs can be a lifesaver in some situations.

Microsoft Edge is not an exception. Microsoft was smart enough to implement this important option into its browser, and probably save some users from a heart attack.

There are actually a few options for restoring previous sessions in Microsoft Edge. And in this article, we’re going to explore them all.

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Quick Tip:

If you like Microsoft Edge because of the Chromium-based engine, then you will positively adore this next web browser: Opera.

Not only is it also Chromium-based, but it is extremely customizable in terms of how you can make the UI look like, and how you can organize your actions, including restoring older browsing sessions.

Simply open Opera, press Ctrl+ Shift+T, and all your previous sessions will be returned.

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How do I restore previous sessions in Microsoft Edge?

In case of sudden closing, Microsoft Edge will automatically restore previously opened tabs on the next launch, that’s how it’s programmed. So, if that’s your concern, you don’t need to set up anything. You can also access previously opened tabs by going to History.

How to open previous sessions in Edge on launch

If you want, you can set up Microsoft Edge to open previously closed sessions every time you launch it. That way, you’ll always be able to pick up where you left off. To do so, follow these instructions:

  1. Open Edge, go to the three-dotted menu and choose Settings.
  2. Now just click on Open Microsoft Edge with, and select Previous pages.

There you go, now every time you open Microsoft Edge, it will automatically load previously closed pages. Of course, in case you’ve missed something, a simple press of Ctrl + H will open the History tab where you can find everything you previously browsed.

This, obviously, applies only for the standard browsing mode, not the Incognito mode.

In case you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, just let us know in the comments below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in January 2017 and was revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
  • Jesus christ, this is just useless.

    Can noone tell how to open the SESSION FILES located in “C:UsersAppDataLocalMicrosoftEdgeUser DataDefaultSessions” ??? Because THIS is where the new files are located! But no articles can be found on this! :O

  • Well, this is nice and all, except it must be outdated. It seems that Microsoft decided to RE-HIDE the previous session setting; and I can NOT find it ANYWHERE. (Maybe they decided that you don’t need that option anymore?)

    • It is really sick for Microsoft to kill/modify that settings (after the last update, I lost all my open pages, as it happened before). It just makes you really consider dumping that browser, as every time they update Edge, they just kill some features that people are depending on.

      Actually, the fourth entry in Settings is ‘On startup’ has some settings most likely related to it. Although, there is no little help to really explain what those entries do, and if you have about 50 pages that you depend on when starting Edge, playing with those settings is a bit painful.

      Why Edge doesn’t have a simple setting to ‘Save the current session as,’ so you can have one session for home, one for work, one for your cat, …

  • Whey does everyone give the fix “Now just click on Open Microsoft Edge with” – those words do NOT appear when you click the 3 dots and open Settings!

    • It would seem that it is impossible. There IS a way to do it using the Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell. Open one of those two and type Start MSEdge –Restore-last-session and hit enter. (wow–I can’t believe how far MS has fallen backwards…)

  • Please let me know how to restore tabs accidentally closed. Edge was relaunched, but friend didn’t restore tabs. Thanks