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What happened to saving tabs when closing Firefox?

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In Firefox v3.6* whenever you closed the browser you were asked if you wished to save your open tabs so that they reopened next time you launch Firefox. Even when updating extensions/add-ons and being forced to restart Firefox this would happen. It was very useful but in v4.0.* this functionality no longer appears to exist.

In Firefox v3.6* whenever you closed the browser you were asked if you wished to save your open tabs so that they reopened next time you launch Firefox. Even when updating extensions/add-ons and being forced to restart Firefox this would happen. It was very useful but in v4.0.* this functionality no longer appears to exist.

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 want Firefox to display the message to save the session, 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 3 preferences browser.warnOnQuit, browser.warnOnRestart and browser.showQuitWarning

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 want Firefox to display the message to save the session, 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 3 preferences browser.warnOnQuit, browser.warnOnRestart and browser.showQuitWarning

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"
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 want Firefox to display the message to save the session, it can be turned back on by changing some preferences. # Type '''about:config''' into the location bar and press enter # Accept the warning message that appears, you will be taken to a list of preferences # Locate the preference '''browser.tabs.warnOnClose''', if its value is set to '''false''', double-click on it to change its value to '''true''' # Repeat this for these 3 preferences '''browser.warnOnQuit''', '''browser.warnOnRestart''' and '''browser.showQuitWarning''' ------ If you always open the last set of tabs, an alternative approach is this: # Click the orange Firefox button, then select options to open the options window # Go to the General panel # Change the setting "When Firefox starts" to "Show my windows and tabs from last time"