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Can't restore previous session, "recently closed windows" grayed out

Hi I had two Firefox windows open. One with 100+ tabs and the other with 1 tab. I closed the Firefox with 100 tabs, and then closed the one with 1 tab, without thinking. … (read more)

Hi

I had two Firefox windows open. One with 100+ tabs and the other with 1 tab. I closed the Firefox with 100 tabs, and then closed the one with 1 tab, without thinking. I then realised that I should have closed them in the opposite order, because I want the 100 tabs to get restored.

I opened Firefox again and was dismayed to see just the single tab get restored. I did some searching and backed up the "sessionstore-backups" folder.

I then tried to close Firefox and replace sessionstore.jsonlz4 with previous.jsonlz4 from the backed up "sessionstore-backups" folder. This did not work, as when I opened Firefox I still only got the 1 tab back and "recently closed windows" remains grayed out. Ctrl+Shift+N does nothing as well.

I used https://www.jeffersonscher.com/ffu/scrounger.html to inspect the backed up previous.jsonlz4 file and it shows

Open Windows Open Window 1 Tab 1 [...]

Closed Windows Closed Window 1 Tab 1 [...] [...] Tab 125 [...]

So the previous.jsonlz4 file does contain my mistakenly closed window but I can't get Firefox to restore the tabs!

Can anyone please help me get my tabs back? I'm on Firefox v96.0.1.

Asked by Shosha 2 hours ago

Last reply by jscher2000 17 minutes ago

Trying to recover session

So i just started having issues where my pc is starting to hot and won't boot up fully. I am working on that but i can hook up the ssd i have in that computer to another… (read more)

So i just started having issues where my pc is starting to hot and won't boot up fully. I am working on that but i can hook up the ssd i have in that computer to another work computer that i have but it does not have all of my work stuff since i have been working from home due to covid. Is it possible to load up the session i had on my original ssd that is now currently going to be setup as an external drive for my work computer until i can fix my home pc? I ask because i had alot of tabs open with work related stuff that i had not bookmarked at the time so i really need to restore that session so i can recover that work. Any help would be much appreciated.

Asked by halla5216 1 hour ago

Last reply by FredMcD 1 hour ago

Tabs "Jump" back and forth very quickly.

Win 10. Using FF 96.0. My entire tab row shifts back and forth very rapidly. This has been happening continuously for the past several versions of FF. Condition is also … (read more)

Win 10. Using FF 96.0. My entire tab row shifts back and forth very rapidly. This has been happening continuously for the past several versions of FF. Condition is also worsens somewhat when I move the mouse. Occasionally, closing a particular tab stops this action but I cannot determine which type of tab does this. This is driving me crazy. Please HELP!! (Is there some way I can send a video from my iphone?)

Asked by Mort 4 days ago

Last reply by Mort 6 hours ago

Pinned Tabs Keep Disappearing - any fix/workaround/extension for this?

Hello. My pinned tabs keep disappearing - I now understand what is causing this, but I'm wondering if there is a workaround? I'd really like for my pinned tabs to show on… (read more)

Hello. My pinned tabs keep disappearing - I now understand what is causing this, but I'm wondering if there is a workaround? I'd really like for my pinned tabs to show on any/every new Firefox window.

ISSUE: If I have more than one Firefox window open, and at some point during the day I close them in the wrong order, I lose all of my pinned tabs, permanently.

As an aside ... just in case the devs are reading: this seems like a very bizarre choice for default behaviour; why make it so incredibly easy for a user to unwittingly lose potentially dozens of pinned links? It's also not very obvious why it happens and have seen numerous people struggling with this issue. However, I appreciate that's how it is, so I'm simply hoping there's a solution :)

Before anyone says: 'just use tabs instead', I normally do, however, for reasons I won't go into (related to a very popular 3rd party plugin) some things open in a new window by default - there is no option to open them in a new tab, so I regularly end up with more than one Firefox window, and it would be nice to know that one false move doesn't decimate all the pinned tabs I've made.

Asked by Zedr 13 hours ago

Open URL as popup preview

I'm looking for a way to preview a website in a simplified popup window when clicking on a link. So ideally when clicking a link while pressing some shortcut (CTLR + ....… (read more)

I'm looking for a way to preview a website in a simplified popup window when clicking on a link.

So ideally when clicking a link while pressing some shortcut (CTLR + .... ), I don't want to open a new Tab or a full New Window, but some popup without address bar / tabs / ...

I found this: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1292666 that might offer what I need. But I can't find the browser.ssb.enabled configuration they mention there in my about:config

Asked by rubentsd 14 hours ago

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Good day how are you today ? i am using metamask extension. I have a question. When it is not fullscreen on right side metamask pop up like in the picture. but once i c… (read more)

Good day how are you today ? i am using metamask extension. I have a question. When it is not fullscreen on right side metamask pop up like in the picture. but once i changed to fullscreen the metamask extension opens new window. Is it possible for it to always be like a picture regardless fullscreen or not? thank you

Asked by aivargrand11 23 hours ago

Last reply by FredMcD 18 hours ago

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Pin Tab

I pin my four favorite tabs. When I reopen Firefox for a new session, the pinned tabs are missing. How to configure settings to carry them over to new sessions?

Asked by hdillon37 2 days ago

Answered by hdillon37 1 day ago

MacOS Firefox open windows instead of tabs

Hello, Firefox support team! Could you help me, how can I ultimately, once for all the time, for all the modes restrict to open new windows? The problem is the Firefox br… (read more)

Hello, Firefox support team!

Could you help me, how can I ultimately, once for all the time, for all the modes restrict to open new windows? The problem is the Firefox browser open new windows if the browser was closed and Im open a link from a different application (cant solve that at all). Or it was opened but somehow for some sites it opens a window instead of tabs. To be honest it can be a big and annoying issue on mac, if me app in full screen mode. And in genereal also. It is something I dont expect from app. I tried all the variants I found or learned in about:config which a connected with windows. It not helped me at all.

Asked by babichfx 1 week ago

Last reply by FredMcD 1 day ago

Lost Precious Sessions/Tabs even when 'Open Previous Windows and tabs' is Enabled, Must be using Google Chrome :(

I always have automatic updates enabled, using latest Firefox version. I have enabled the options 'Open Previous Windows and tabs' or in earlier versions it was 'restore … (read more)

I always have automatic updates enabled, using latest Firefox version. I have enabled the options 'Open Previous Windows and tabs' or in earlier versions it was 'restore previous sessions' on my system windows 10 pro from past 2 years.

I have lost about 15+ precious tabs in firefox (1 week of my research work). Even in history it is not showing those tabs.

I was doing my research work / thesis, gone through about 500+ webpages / articles and selected the best, and aligned the tabs in sequence. Today i have opened the 'Private Window' doing some surfing, After few minutes I closed my 'Firefox window of research' as that was using 'too much' amount of ram. After 15 minutes i have closed the 'Private Window' also.

When i opened firefox again all my tabs of Research Windows (1 week of my work) are gone, not even in history.

I must be using Google Chrome for that because chrome does not have any issues with 'Restoring Sessions' with 'Incognito Window'.

Asked by mayank.programmer 1 day ago

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session restore a month out of date

The last 2 times I've had to restart my laptop unexpectedly (ie not shut down properly), Firefox has loaded tabs from a month or so prior which means I lose recent tabs. … (read more)

The last 2 times I've had to restart my laptop unexpectedly (ie not shut down properly), Firefox has loaded tabs from a month or so prior which means I lose recent tabs. Anything I can do to keep the automatic session restore more up to date? Couldn't find anything in settings that might apply.

Asked by Ripley 3 days ago

Answered by jscher2000 2 days ago

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Every time Firefox throws out an update, it's a blind gamble as to whether the tabs, that were such a labor to get back below the bookmark bar after the LAST update, wil… (read more)

Every time Firefox throws out an update, it's a blind gamble as to whether the tabs, that were such a labor to get back below the bookmark bar after the LAST update, will appear again back at the top. Somehow the userChrome.css gets jazzed or some other thing is different. Then, suddenly, all you see are desperate people posting about how to get the tabs back where they belong. For the love of God Almighty on a roller coaster, isn't anyone at Mozilla thinking that it might be time to just make this a setting? I know I'm not the first person to request this. Which is all the more reason to make it a priority. Please. Shake somebody.

Asked by krs701 2 days ago

Answered by andmagdo 2 days ago

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Hi, I would like to have a keyboard shortcut to open a new blank tab in a new window. I cannot seem to find that this already exists, but I imagine a shortcut like 'ctrl… (read more)

Hi, I would like to have a keyboard shortcut to open a new blank tab in a new window. I cannot seem to find that this already exists, but I imagine a shortcut like 'ctrl + shift + t' to be logical and shouldn't be hard to do. Any help? Sincerely

Asked by tommyvisch 3 days ago

Last reply by cor-el 3 days ago

Windows 11 update and Firefox

Two months ago, I updated to Windows 11. Two days ago, there was an update for Windows. Now my Firefox will not open the tabs. Is there some setting I need to change some… (read more)

Two months ago, I updated to Windows 11. Two days ago, there was an update for Windows. Now my Firefox will not open the tabs. Is there some setting I need to change someplace? Also when I use the Google search it will not search for anything as well. When I opened MS Edge, sometimes I can get my tabs to open. When I close down the next time I open Firefox it will not open my saved Tabs

Asked by Janaber 2 days ago

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Lost Tabs Please Help!

Please help, I just screwed up so bad I accidentally pressed the red "close" button on Firefox on my Mac instead of the yellow "minimise" button and lost a bunch of tabs … (read more)

Please help, I just screwed up so bad I accidentally pressed the red "close" button on Firefox on my Mac instead of the yellow "minimise" button and lost a bunch of tabs I need (they were from a while back so not in history)

There is no option to "restore previous session" or "reopen tabs" is there any way whatsoever to recover my lost tabs I am freaking out big time there was some really important stuff in there that I hadn't bookmarked yet like an absolute IDIOT!!! My session had stayed active through computer being shut down and restarted and Firefox updates but pressing the red "close" button has seemingly nuked it. Is there a way to go into folders and find the tabs? Anything please help :(

Any help appreciated, I'm desperate.

Asked by stickybeak7 3 days ago

Answered by jscher2000 3 days ago