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My wife went to a site that tries to load a PDF that crashes Safari for iPad. After trying to load Safari again, it tries to open up all of the tabs again including the one that is crashing Safari. While its loading the tab it locks everything up so I can't switch tabs. How do I break this endless cycle? How can I close this tab or have Safari not try to reopen this tab? Is it possible to do this without losing the history?

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  • Force-quit Safari (double-tap the home button, then tap and hold on the Safari icon until it shakes, then tap the red minus sign).

  • Go to Settings > Safari.

  • Tap Clear History.

This should clear out all open tabs.

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Thanks. That's what I was afraid I would have to do, but I really didn't want to clear out the history. Fortunately, I stumbled upon another way of doing this that lets me have my cake and eat it too. – Jason Thompson Feb 12 '13 at 14:07
@JasonThompson There is no mention in your original question that you wanted to preserve your history. – Bryan Luby Feb 12 '13 at 14:15
Thanks for mentioning that. I wasn't sure if clearing the history was the only option so I didn't preemptively discount that option. In any case, I updated my question so that others wanting to do the same without losing their history can find this question more easily. Thanks for the feedback. – Jason Thompson Feb 12 '13 at 18:29

I struggled through this last night and stumbled upon a solution. Go to Settings > Safari. Turn on private browsing. It will ask you if you want to close all tabs before turning on private browsing. Touch 'yes'. Next turn private browsing back off. Voila! The browser works again!

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