— Addie (@EposVox) August 28, 2019
they removed the "reopen closed tab" menu option on chrome
they might as well have ripped out my heart
— DolphinChemist (@DolphinChemist) November 15, 2019
Right clicking on a tab in Chrome and then selecting "Reopen closed tab" has gone.
Used that all the time. Maybe it's because I should think more before closing tabs. 💻
— James Stanier (@jstanier) November 6, 2019
live footage of me trying to find 'reopen closed tab' on updated Chrome pic.twitter.com/ySPNjoFbre
— Matt Elliott (@MGElliott) November 12, 2019
“Restore Closed Tab” (or “reload” or “reopen”) was an option on Chrome which appeared if users right-clicked any tab. One of its primary uses was the event of accidentally closing a tab by mis-clicking the “X” to close when trying to toggle to another tab, or accidentally engaging the keyboard functions (Ctrl+W) and closing an active tab.
A handful of complaints appeared in August 2019, but in November 2019, far more began asking others what happened to “Restore Closed Tab” on Chrome. In late October 2019, a post to Reddit’s r/chrome queried:
Overall, users expressed a hamstrung feeling without the function:
Does anyone else really miss the "Reopen Closed Tab" right click option in Chromium based browsers? I accidentally close tabs all the time. For now I can still use Vimium to reopen the tab, but I don't know if that will continue to work in the future or not.
— Nicholas Cronquist (@nicholaibee) November 11, 2019
Some Chrome users indicated they’d been using the “Recently Closed” portion of “History” to restore tabs they’d closed. On October 28 2019, a user posted to support.google.com to ask about “Restore Closed Tab.” Along with a screenshot of the right-click-drop-down menu, the user stated “Restore Closed Tab” disappeared from their installation of Chrome on or around October 26 2019:
What happened to the ability to right-click an open tab at the top of the page and select ‘Restore Closed Tab’? It disappeared 2 or 3 days ago (see attached image); now I have to SHFT-CTRL-T to reopen accidentally-closed tabs, which is a whole lot more trouble than right-click-reopen.
In the next visible response, a user tagged “Gold Product Expert” responded, noting that “Restore Closed Tab” had not been completely removed from Chrome:
Hello everyone, welcome to Google Chrome Help Community!
The option “Restore closed tabs” was not removed from Chrome but was changed from local.
You can right click at any empty spot on the tab pane and it appears, be it around the plus sign or the space left to pinned tabs.
Please, check this: Where is reopen closed tab?
That commenter added the screenshot above, depicting a new placement of the “Reopen Closed Tab” function. As they noted, “Reopen Closed Tab” function was indeed missing — but only from its normal home in the right-click tab dropdown menu. Clicking an empty spot on the tab pane revealed the new location of the option to restore a closed tab for Chrome users.