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How do I configure Firefox 4.01 to save all tabs when closing the browser?

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In the previous version 3.x.y of Firefox, when I closed the browser, it asked me if I wanted to save my open pages / tabs before closing. When I subsequently opened the browser again, it reloaded all the previously open tabs / pages. In version 4.01, before closing the browser warns me that I am closing multiple tabs but when I restart the browser again, it does not load the previously open tabs. How do I configure the browser to behave like the old 3.x.y version, i.e. neatly saving all the open tabs and loading these again when opening restarting the browser?

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Firefox now always stores the old session, and you can access it by going to the History menu and selecting "Restore Previous Session"

If you always open the last set of tabs, an alternative approach is this:

  1. Click the orange Firefox button, then select options to open the options window
  2. Go to the General panel
  3. Change the setting "When Firefox starts" to "Show my windows and tabs from last time"
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Chosen Solution

Firefox now always stores the old session, and you can access it by going to the History menu and selecting "Restore Previous Session"

If you always open the last set of tabs, an alternative approach is this:

  1. Click the orange Firefox button, then select options to open the options window
  2. Go to the General panel
  3. Change the setting "When Firefox starts" to "Show my windows and tabs from last time"
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Hi TonyE, this was a very useful reply. The first part of your answer had already been posted by someone else. Your answer in particular shows the nitty gritty detail of how to automate it. I had searched in the options already but had not found step 3 above yet. But I have found it now and have changed it from "Home page" to "Show my windows and tabs from last time". Thanks a lot for letting me know this solution and making me aware of the drop down list.

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I have just tested it by closing the browser and starting it up again and it works perfectly: all 16 tabs opened again. Excellent answer from TonyE.