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Firefox does not ask to save tabs on exit and display them on restart.

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Closing a FF4 session with multiple tabs, I am not asked to save tabs and so they don't redisplay upon restart.

In Tools-Options-Privacy I have unchecked Remember my browsing history Clear history when Firefox closes

The other options there are checked.

In Tools-Options-Tabs I have checked Warn me when closing multiple tabs.

Are my settings incorrect? Basically I want any open tabs to be reopened across sessions, but I don't want any other history to be retained.

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One change in Firefox 4 is to by default stop Firefox displaying the warning message, but it can be turned back on by changing some preferences.

  1. Type about:config into the location bar and press enter
  2. Accept the warning message that appears, you will be taken to a list of preferences
  3. Locate the preference browser.tabs.warnOnClose, if its value is set to false, double-click on it to change its value to true
  4. Repeat this for these 2 preferences browser.warnOnQuit, browser.warnOnRestart
  5. Starting with beta 12 there will be an additional preference that needs to be set to true - browser.showQuitWarning
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I might be wrong, but there's an option via Edit => Preferences => General => Startup => When firefox starts: (set to) Show my windows and tabs from last time

which works as 'default'.

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Worked as advertised!!

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Works perfect. Thanks, Tony. You're the best!

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Have done ALL of the above...and none work. All were already set per your notes. Was working fine while I read some web sites. Went to close and no longer will have the option to save. Checked all the ABOUT section in the config file. All set as supposed to be. General tab is set right.

Still nothing. What have you done. Quit messing with stuff. Put back so it defaults to Save tabs.

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Before you change the config settings as adviced by Solution Chosen by msilvers50, you have to go to Options---Privacy---History and select REMEMBER HISTORY. If you do not change the options, it won't work. I had the same problem and I changed the config setting and my options was to Never Remember History and It did not work.

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Where is the "location bar"? I miss the "save tabs" option too, sooooo much!

Thanks, Phyllis

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If you go to the "History" option on the menu at the top of the screen, it gives the option to "Restore Previous Session".

Hope this helps.

Phyllis

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I have this problem as well.. Anyone figure out how to fix this??

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I have now been going to "History" on the very top menu. There is an option "Restore Previous Session", and that works great.

It is easier, and less of a chance to damage your settings. Try it, it works! :)

Phyllis

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For Windows, here's the solution (took me forever to find this too...and yes, Save-tabs-on-exit is a great feature....so it's nice to know how to reset it in FF6)....

http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Session%20Restore#w_when-youve-set-firefox-to-show-your-windows-and-tabs-from-last-time

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(in case the menu bar is hidden) Press ALT > Tools > Options > General > When firefox Starts > Select "Show my windows and tabs from last time" > Enjoy!

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For users running Windows 7 and experiencing the problem where even after going through all the above steps, the about:config settings are all correct and history settings are correct, and it still doesn't work...

Check whether another user is logged onto the computer. This can be the root of your problem, as it was for me. If so, hopefully you're an administrator. If you are, you can

  1. Open Task Manager (ctrl+shift+esc)
  2. Click Processes Tab
  3. At the bottom, check "show processes from all users"
  4. Click on the Users Tab
  5. Right Click on a username other than your own.
  6. Click "Log off" (Warning: Doing so will lose any unsaved data on that account, just like shutting the computer down would. I'm not responsible for anything you do, especially if you get a stapler to the head from a coworker...)
  7. Repeat for any other accounts logged in, again, other than your own. Previous warning still applies.
  8. Open Firefox, test to see it's working.


I figured this out after exhausting all the options, then went to shut down the computer in frustration and realized that my subcontractor was still logged in. Silly me, accidentally switched users instead of logging him off. .brain { onClose: lightbulb; } Hope this helps someone.

Modified by batvans46

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After applying all the solutions cited here and none of them works 100 % , I installed Session Manager Add-on for Firefox, and now it is working fine

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