Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Three quick ways to bring back the past

When you're browsing the web, it's easy to accidentally close a tab.  Bringing it back is almost as easy, but different, in Firefox and Chrome.

In Firefox, you just go to the Toolbar:
History > Recently Closed Tabs
If you prefer keystrokes, just hit Alt + S to open the History menu.

"Recently Closed Tabs" is second from the bottom (just above Recently Closed Windows).

Choose the tab you want from the list and click.  It will open as a new tab.  Or, actually, as an old tab -- the one you closed, in the same position as the one you closed and with the same history as the one you closed.  Cool.

In Chrome it's a little different.

To bring back the last tab you closed:
The last-closed tab will open right back where it was.  Use the same key combination again and the penultimately-closed tab will pop back open.

(Note to Ms. Shappenheimer: Ok, you were right, I did use that word. Note to everyone else: Please note what a capacious vocabulary I have).

If you want to chose from a list which recently-closed tab to open, you can do that too.  Just open a new tab by clicking on the + to the right of the open tabs.   You'll find the list right below the miniature versions of your most visited tabs.
A little farther down, on the right, you'll see a link to your browsing History.  That will take you to a list of all the web pages you've visited.
If you want the history of a single tab (the current tab), put the cursor on the Go Back arrow and right click.  This history list will drop down.

Actually, there's another way to do the same thing.  Instead of right clicking on the Go Back arrow, left click but hold the click until the list drops down.  If you don't hold the click you'll, you guessed it, go back.

Why two ways to do the same thing?  Google believes it's an important enough function that you'll want a backup in case the primary method wears out.

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