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The number of different web browsers are on the rise, each adding more functionality for their users. This knowledge base article will give you handy tips when using the top 5 browsers, Microsoft and Apple inclusive, with a focus on the usefulness of tabs.

Page Restoration

We all have, at one point in our browsing history, accidentally closed a browser page. This can normally cause frustration at the need to remember what pages were opened and load them all back up. However, now built in to the majority of browsers is the ability to recover recently closed tabs.


  • On the top right-hand side of the browser is a button consisting of three dots, click this button.
  • Scroll down and hover over ‘History’, this should produce a pop up showing the recently closed applications.

 Internet Explorer 

  • In the top right-hand corner of the screen is a star icon, clicking that button will reveal a pop-up list.
  • At the top of the pop up will be three labelled tabs, select ‘History’
  • All the sites visited recently will then be displayed for you to select from.

Microsoft Edge

  • To open a recently closed tab in Edge, simply press CTRL+SHIFT+T
  • If CTRL+SHIFT+T is continuously pressed Edge will reopen all tabs closed in the order that the were closed.


  • Opening a previously closed tab in safari follows the same rules as those of Microsoft Edge.


  • SHIFT+⌘+T keys when pressed together will bring back the last closed tab on the browser.


Sometimes it can be frustrating to locate sites that are needed regularly. The way to reduce the time taken to get to your favourite sites is to set them up as “favourites” – this will save the URL of the website, with a familiar name chosen by you, to the browsers home page/side panel. So, going to regular sites will be as simple as a click of a button.

Depending on the browser this feature can either be referred to as ‘Favourites’ or ‘Bookmarks’, both using a star icon for easy identification.


 Now you’re a pro at finding your favourite websites quickly and quickly recovering closed tabs, you can learn how to open various tabs on one browser. Opening a new tab manually to search for a different site on all browsers is done by going to the top part of the screen and selecting either the ‘+’ icon or the tab icon, normally found to the right of the current tab.

However, it isn’t always a case that you want to open a new website this way. For cases where you want to open a link from one page, without losing where you are in the current tab, right click the link and select ‘open link in new tab/window’.

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