Restoring tabs you closed in Vivaldi is as important as in any browser. Browsing the Internet and opening web pages on localhost is still its primary purpose. That may be hard to remember with the number of features it has. Some include no tracking functionality, ad and tracker blocking, calendar, email service, translation, status bar, feeds for several sources, and fast forwarding and rewinding. Thus, although we don’t doubt you can follow any guide we specify below, your choice between the Essentials, Classic and Fully Loaded user interface may be significant. Luckily, you can revert the change anytime. Without hesitation, let’s dive into how to recover Vivaldi tabs.
1. Use the Closed Tabs button to recover Vivaldi tabs
What we pointed out above makes it clear that any modern browser can recover closed tabs for a while. Therefore, as soon as you relaunch Vivaldi after an accidental exit or an unexpected crash, it should open the latest browsing session. Unfortunately, that may not have happened, or you disabled the feature (more in method 4). If that doesn’t work, you can press Command + Shift + T (Mac) or Control (Ctrl) + Shift + T (Windows) to restore the most recent session.
No result? Although Vivaldi goes further and offers Tab Tiling, Web Panels, Tab Stack, Background Tab, and other features, they all boil down to regular tabs. Thus, regardless of the type of tab or the method you used to close it (or a tab group in a window), don’t fret. You can recover Vivaldi tabs via the Recently Closed Tabs feature this way:
- Open a new Vivaldi browser window.
- Click the trash can icon named Closed Tabs in the top right corner next to “Minimize”.
Note. Using the middle click on the trash can icon restores the last opened tab. You can use this repeatedly.
- You will now see a list of all saved windows upon the recent close or several closes. For instance, you’ll see “Window with 8 Tabs”. Hover over it, and the list will expand to show all tabs belonging to that window. Otherwise, you’ll see individual tabs listed.
- You can now click the tab you want to restore or right-click and open it in a new window. If you want to recover an entire window, choose the Restore All option. Make sure not to click the Clear All button, as that would erase the list.
2. Reopen Vivaldi tabs using Tabs Bar
If you only need the most recent tab you closed, Vivaldi provides an option to restore tabs one by one. We didn’t demonstrate this method first because it’s tedious going one tab at a time without the ability to see what they are. If this procedure feels familiar, it’s because Vivaldi is built in Chromium that powers Brave, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and others. Nonetheless, if that’s what you require, you can:
- Launch a Vivaldi window.
- Right-click anywhere on the blank section of the Tab Bar at the top.
- If there are any, you can select the Reopen Closed tabs option.
- You have to do that for every tab, as explained. Alternatively, you can use the Ctrl/Cmd key combination we mentioned above to open tabs. To clarify, when a saved window is unavailable, the key combo can reopen tabs one by one.
3. Open History Panel in Vivaldi to recover tabs
If you can’t find the tabs using the two previous methods or accidentally click the “Clear All” button, you might feel hopeless. Luckily, you can still view past browsing history that contains all pages you visited. To do so, follow these steps to open closed Vivaldi tabs via the History Panel:
- Click the V (Vivaldi logo) in the upper left corner.
- From the drop-down menu, select View.
- Once the options expand, select History Panel.
Note. The shortcut for History Panel is Ctrl + Shift + H. You can also use Ctrl + H and Command + Y or Command + H on Mac.
- You will now see a list of pages you opened in the left sidebar. You can sort by date or search for particular pages, then click to open them in a new tab.
4. Configure Last Session at start-up to reopen tabs
This method is more of a failsafe for the next time you lose tabs rather than a solution for already lost ones. It lets you restore the last opened session the moment you start a new window, meaning tabs will be rescued by default. That’s crucial for saving information during a system crash or sudden power-off. With that said, follow these instructions to set up opening the last browsing session at start-up:
- Launch the browser and click the Vivaldi icon in the top left corner again.
- Go to Settings in the list of options.
- Find the Startup section in the “General” tab.
- Put a dot in the empty circle ahead of the Last Session entry in the “Startup with” section.
- Although not mandatory, we propose you put a checkmark in front of the Lazy Load Restored Tabs option. That permits you to open all tabs at once. However, you won’t waste memory since it won’t load their content until you switch to them and scroll down.