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Pinned tabs disappear

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If I open two windows of Firefox, pin tabs in the first, close it and then close the second window, my tabs disappear. In order to use this feature one must work with only one instance of Firefox?

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Pinned tabs are connected to a specific window and each window can has its own tabs.

You either need to use File -> Exit/Quit to close Firefox to make sure not to lose pinned tabs or close the window with preferred pinned tabs as the last window as that window will be restored.

Otherwise you can check "History -> Recently Closed Windows" to see if this window is still available (By default, Firefox can remember 3 closed window)


Use one of these to close Firefox if you are currently doing that by clicking the close X on the Firefox Title bar to make sure not to lose tabs because of unnoticed windows you would close later.

  • "3-bar" menu button -> Exit (Power button)
  • Windows: File -> Exit
  • Mac: Firefox -> Quit Firefox
  • Linux: File -> Quit
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Hii soljeni,,


Pinned tabs are stored in your session history. As with all other session history, there are many ways to lose it... Sometimes an older file has what you need. Could you:

Check the History Menu

On the History menu, is Restore Previous Session available? If so, try that. If it's grayed out, does the menu list any closed windows you can re-open? Each window will have its own list of closed tabs you can re-open.

Back up Session History Files

Open your Firefox profile folder using either

   "3-bar" menu button > "?" button > Troubleshooting Information
   (menu bar) Help > Troubleshooting Information
   type or paste about:support in the address bar and press Enter 

In the first table on the page, click the "Open Folder" / "Open Directory" / "Show in Finder" button (varies depending on your OS). That will pop open your system's file browser.

In your profile folder, scroll down and double-click into the sessionstore-backups folder. Save all files here to a safe location, for example, your Documents folder. If not too much time has passed, we may be able to use them to recover your lost tabs.

Check File Contents

The kinds of files you may find among your sessionstore files are:

   recovery.js: the windows and tabs in your currently live Firefox session (or, if Firefox crashed at the last shutdown and is still closed, your last session)
   recovery.bak: a backup copy of recovery.js
   previous.js: the windows and tabs in your last Firefox session
   upgrade.js-build_id: the windows and tabs in the Firefox session that was live at the time of your last update 

You can view the contents of a file by dragging and dropping it onto the blank text area of my Scrounger tool: https://www.jeffersonscher.com/res/scrounger.html

Once you see the text in the box, click the Scrounge URLs button.

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Pinned tabs are connected to a specific window and each window can has its own tabs.

You either need to use File -> Exit/Quit to close Firefox to make sure not to lose pinned tabs or close the window with preferred pinned tabs as the last window as that window will be restored.

Otherwise you can check "History -> Recently Closed Windows" to see if this window is still available (By default, Firefox can remember 3 closed window)


Use one of these to close Firefox if you are currently doing that by clicking the close X on the Firefox Title bar to make sure not to lose tabs because of unnoticed windows you would close later.

  • "3-bar" menu button -> Exit (Power button)
  • Windows: File -> Exit
  • Mac: Firefox -> Quit Firefox
  • Linux: File -> Quit

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