Reopening closed tab – Chrome – Incognito mode
Post Updated On: January 15, 2016
A straight-forward answer to this question is a blunt ‘you can’t do that’. However, I too have encountered that situation and I know it feels hard to not to have a way out of this. Understandably, it defeats the purpose of going Incognito. But there must be a way for this; which made me research a bit and made me compiled the below notes from all the answers that came up, hoping that you’ll stop by my site someday with the same issue as I had and get benefitted.
What’s the logic behind Incognito Mode:
In a normal Google Chrome browser – if you want to reopen closed tab the shortcut is – Ctrl + Shift + T – you’ll be able to open a recently closed tab. But when you are browsing in Incognito mode – this shortcut key will stop working – for the simple reason that you have asked your browser to not to remember your browsing history by going Incognito and so it doesn’t work. Thus, the browser is simply following your instructions here.
Technically speaking, if Incognito mode is used, the cookies and/or browsing history don’t get stored in your disk, your browsing history isn’t recorded, so that even if you have visited some personal sites at home and when you open your Chrome in office, say in a meeting, there won’t be any surprises in front of everyone.
What are the workarounds to this setting?
There are some third party plugins and extensions for Google Chrome which will do this job: Please note: I have not tested these, however with a quick search for this work, these were some of the top results.
- Sexy Undo Close Tab (update: this is no longer available)
- Session Buddy – to be enabled to be run in Incognito mode.
- Vimium Extension for Chrome
- One Tab Chrome Extension. Download it from Chrome’s webstore here and read more about One-Tab here.
I highly recommend One Tab here as I personally use it every day not only for reopening Incognito tabs when I need it (as I have enabled it in Incognito sessions as well) but also to save memory on clubbing all opened tabs into one. Not just that, it also bundles in an import and export of URLs in addition to naming your grouped tabs or even star them as you browse.
But other browsers do offer this setting along with their shipped browsers straight out of the box.
Per se, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer does allow reopening of closed tab even in their Private Browsing sessions. However, Opera and Chrome doesn’t allow re-opening of closed tabs in their Incognito mode.
What are your thoughts and suggestions? Do you know of any plugin or extension that does this job more well?
Please leave it in your comments.
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