When I quit Safari via its Menu or CMD+q, it properly restores saved tabs.

However, if I close it via X icon (top left) or by quitting it via right click on its icon in the desktop bar, it does not restore any tab.

What am I making it wrong? I already set it to restore the tabs in its Preferences.

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Closing the window is not the same as quitting the app.

Clicking the red X closes the window, telling Safari that you've done with the contents - leaving nothing for it to remember.

It's not clear from your question quite what you are selecting from the right click menu, but anything other than quit - or quitting after all windows are already closed, will do the same.

Note that, if you do forget & close the windows before quitting, that you can use History menu > restore all windows from last session to get them back again.

  • Note that you can also restore your tabs from the History menu > Restore Closed Windows. Just remember: The red X isn't the equivalent of Windows, where choosing "Exit" and clicking the red X are about the same thing. Hit CMD + Q or select the Application's named menu an go to "Quit".
    – Rampant
    Jun 9, 2015 at 17:25
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    I am coming from Windows and Linux world, and I had no idea the closing app via X icon is not the same as quitting it via CTRL+Q. Thanks
    – ipadoio
    Jun 10, 2015 at 14:08

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