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firefox fails to show windows and tabs from last time

Topic says it: I've always set firefox to restore my tabs. Recently it's stopped working; only my home page is shown on startup.

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Regular Contributor

Re: firefox fails to show windows and tabs from last time

Hey djbluntmagic. I think this guide will help you.

Site Moderator

Re: firefox fails to show windows and tabs from last time

Make sure that you do not run Firefox in (permanent) Private Browsing mode.

  • Tools > Options > Privacy: Use custom settings for history
  • Deselect: [ ] "Always use private browsing mode"

In case you are using "Clear history when Firefox closes":

  • do not clear the "Browsing History"

Note that clearing "Site Preferences" clears all exceptions for cookies, images, pop-up windows, software installation, and passwords.

New Contributor

Re: firefox fails to show windows and tabs from last time

"Tools > Options > Privacy: History: [X] Clear history when Firefox closes > Settings " This isn't an apparent setting in the path you indicated

New Contributor

Re: firefox fails to show windows and tabs from last time

@openjck Like I said, I already have this feature set

Site Moderator

Re: firefox fails to show windows and tabs from last time

Use "Use custom settings for history" to see all history settings

  • Tools > Options > Privacy > Firefox will: "Use custom settings for history"
  • Press the F10 key or tap the Alt key to bring up the "Menu Bar" temporarily if the menu bar is hidden.
  • Use "Firefox > Options" instead of "Tools > Options" if the menu bar is hidden.
New Contributor

Re: firefox fails to show windows and tabs from last time

Nah, I've got it on "remember history."

Site Moderator

Re: firefox fails to show windows and tabs from last time

Did you check the settings for "Clear history when Firefox closes" ?

See:

New Contributor

Re: firefox fails to show windows and tabs from last time

Well it wouldn't do that, would it, if I've got it on "remember history."

Site Moderator

Re: firefox fails to show windows and tabs from last time

Can you please just check those settings to verify that you aren't clearing data?

The "Use custom settings for history" selection allows to see the current history and cookie settings, but selecting this doesn't make any changes to history and cookie settings.


You can check for problems with the sessionstore.js and sessionstore.bak files in the Firefox Profile Folder that store session data.

Delete the sessionstore.js file and possible sessionstore-##.js files with a number and sessionstore.bak in the Firefox Profile Folder.

Deleting sessionstore.js will cause App Tabs and Tab Groups and open and closed (undo) tabs to get lost, so you will have to create them again (make a note or bookmark them).