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How do I recover Firefox tabs?


I always click out of Firefox by hitting the box to save tabs from this session. I am a very visual person and having those tabs restored vastly helps me with my next work session. Two days ago I clicked out, and when I came back on, Firefox went to my default Google homepage, with no additional tabs. I have been laboriously working my way through past history (which includes EVERY time I opened an email, so it is dense), but wondered if there was some way to recover the tabs without the extensive search? any help appreciated. Thank You.

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This happened

Just once or twice

This started when...

I turned on computer two days ago

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More Information

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Check the following setting to make sure it is set to open the last set of tabs

  1. In the Tools menu 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"

If it is set correctly, the file that stores details of sessions may be corrupt, you can delete that file to see if it helps.

  1. Open your profile folder, for details of how to find it see https://support.mozilla.com/kb/Profiles
  2. Close Firefox
  3. In the profile folder delete sessionstore.js
  4. Re-start Firefox a couple of times to see if it remembers the tabs
  • Top 10 Contributor
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Make sure to use File > Exit to close all open Firefox windows at once, that usually works best in combination with "Show my windows and tabs from last time"