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JohnZonie Level 1 Level 1

Is there a way to have Safari 6 reopen the tabs that were active when it is closed and reopened?



Reply by dominic23 on Aug 11, 2012 12:59 PM Helpful

Safari 6


Click History menu in the Safari menubar.


From the dropdown select  "Reopen All Windows from Last Session".

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  • Antony Gordon Level 1 Level 1

    I agree, that was a nasty surprise and there no longer seems to be any warning when I close the window without thinking.  It's annoying to have to go into history to find what tabs I had open.  I thought the whole point of Lion and Mountain Lion was restoring states after closure.

  • dominic23 Level 8 Level 8
    Mac OS X

    Safari 6


    Click History menu in the Safari menubar.


    From the dropdown select  "Reopen All Windows from Last Session".

  • Antony Gordon Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks.  That does help in restoring things but I wonder why we are getting this new behaviour ... and no way of setting or unsetting it in preferences that I can see.

  • JohnZonie Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks Dominic. This is a good workaround but Safari 6 is still inconsistent with the rest of the restart logic with Mountain Lion. I left feedback suggesting Safari work like everything else.

  • oqeirtjhwongdkfn Level 1 Level 1

    In OS X Mountain Lion there's a checkbox in the General section of System Preferences labeled "Close windows when quitting an application."  I unchecked it, and for me, that restored the Safari behavior so it opens all the windows from my last session when I start it.

  • Antony Gordon Level 1 Level 1

    Already unchecked for me and it does allow reopening of all tabs *if* I have quit Safari 6.


    The main problem seems instead to be if I simply (i.e. unthinkingly) close the main window.  There is no warning given at that point. If then I quit Safari it will quite correctly restore that empty state.  So, Apple, where did the warning go to?  Also, commenting on earlier advice about the 'Reopen all windows from last session' menu option in the History menu, that seems to be permanently greyed-out for me.

  • ENGMSTPH Level 1 Level 1

    Yes, It works for me


    I unchecked it and Safari is back to its original behavior.


    I had two major problems before I uncheck this box


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    1. Everytime I start Safari 6 it starts in the windowed mode, I have to set it to full screen everytime.
    2. I wasn't able to restore tabs everytime I start Safari.


    Now, the above was solved.

  • Applentice Level 1 Level 1

    No, this is *not* fixed in neither 10.8.1, nor 10.8.2 (just installed it).


    Launching Safari after a manual quit, kill or restart does *not* bring the last session tabs automatically.


    It still requires to manually do it: Safari -- History -- Reopen all windows from last session.


    It is the small, but right things, which make OS X great. Missing them is making it not that attractive.

  • Majo-san Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks. Mine was unchecked already. I had to check it and then uncheck it for it to work. -.-'

  • Applentice Level 1 Level 1

    Without chnaging anything (unchecked "Close ...."), after a restart (not closing Safari via Quit or Force quit before that), Safari did restore the tabs.


    So I wonder if this is behaviour only if it is killed by the OS on restart.

  • LMarie Level 1 Level 1

    Checking it an unchecking it worked for me too.

  • Antony Gordon Level 1 Level 1

    Alas it still doesn't reslove the original problem.  With the right settings as above Safari will resore tabs if it has been quit.  However, if in a momentary lapse one closes the main window with the red button, all tabs are closed without any kind of 'Did you mean to ...' warning and Safari will not restore those tabs other than one at a time through delving in History.  It's the lack of a warning message that really irks because at least that would give a momentary pause for thought as to whether one really wants to lose the lot.  Please Apple, fix this minor point.

  • CT Level 6 Level 6

    Safari > History > Reopen Last Closed Window

  • LMarie Level 1 Level 1

    @CT the dicussion is about Safari automatically reopening windows and tabs that were opened when last closed. Not about manually doing it.

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