iOS 5 Tip: How To Reopen Your Last Closed Tab In Safari

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Making mistakes is something we all do. I mean, we’re only human afterall. There’s been quite a few times I’ve been browsing the web and accidentally closed a tab in Firefox. Luckily, there’s a shortcut (Windows Ctrl+Shift+T or Mac Cmd+Shift+T) in Firefox that allows you to reopen tabs that you’ve accidentally closed. Well, that same digital forgiveness has come to iOS 5′s Safari with an even faster way to reopen closed tabs.

If you’re still scratching your head over why anyone would want to reopen a tab they just closed, here’s a quick scenario. You’re browsing, let’s say reddit (my favorite time-wasting website), and you come across a hilarious picture of a dog smiling. After many minutes of laughter and tears, you decide you need to move on with your life and you close the tab. But just then your friend walks in and asks what all the laughing was about. Now is the perfect time to reopen that tab you just closed.

Thanks to Antriksh Yadav from Right Now In Tech for discovering this nifty little tip. Here’s how to reopen any accidentally closed tabs:

To see the last closed web pages and to open them again, simply long press the new tab button marked with a ‘+’. You will see a pop-up with a list of last closed web pages.

It’s worth pointing out that, unlike Firefox or Chrome on your computer, Safari gives you a list of recently closed tabs instead of opening them individually. That list stays fresh until you restart your iDevice or manually kill Safari in the multitasking bar.

I love seeing small, nifty tips like this that Apple includes in iOS. This one is going on the top of my “most frequently used in iOS” list. What other shortcuts are there in iOS 5? Do you have any other tips about Safari? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Right Now In Tech | Lifehacker

Patrick is the founder and editor-in-chief of pinglio. He works as a system administrator and studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He currently lives in Chicago with his girlfriend and two dogs.
  • Gergő Erhardt

    Chrome gives You a list too…

    • http://www.pinglio.com Patrick Bisch

      Where at?

      • http://twitter.com/marshallbock Marshall Bock

        History > Recently Closed

        It’s also in the bottom right of the New Tab page :)

        • http://www.pinglio.com Patrick Bisch

          Ahhh, there it is. I’m not much of a Chrome user (Firefox rather), but that’s definitely a good feature.

  • Seanmcgu

    Great tip. Thanks!

    Also, in Firefox, you can right-click on any tab and select “Undo Close Tab” and it will bring back the last one you just closed. And you can keep doing it and keep bringing back the closed tabs for that session. Nice.

  • Syclone0044

    Is there a method to undo closed tabs in iPhone safari?