I need Chrome to restore last session tabs after closing its whole window. Simple "continue where you left off" does not work when I close Chrome's window.

I was looking for the resolution but all I got is useless answers provided by apple fanboys "that is the proper way - closing window does not mean closing a program". Sincerly, I don't accept it.

How to achieve proper behaviour of "continue where you left off"?

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    So... as part of asking for help, you insult the Apple Community and call us "fanboys"?
    – Charlie74
    Dec 3, 2015 at 21:37
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    And yes... closing a windows (Command - W) is not the same as closing out the whole program (Command - Q). If you have the "continue where you left off" option selected in Chrome, and you quit Chrome... you should get the tabs that were there previously.
    – Charlie74
    Dec 3, 2015 at 21:38
  • Maybe it makes more sense this way… If you close the window instead of quitting the app, then "where you left off" is with that window closed.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 4, 2015 at 7:55

3 Answers 3


First, you want to make sure the setting is enabled in Chrome. In the upper left corner of the screen, you'll want to click on Chrome -> Preferences and make sure the "continue where you left off" button is checked.

Next, please do understand there is a difference between closing a window and closing a program. Command - Q is used to exit a program completely. In OS X, if you close a window using the "red x" in the upper left corner, you are closing out a window, and not the program.

To see this work correctly... try opening 3-4 tabs. Then press Command - Q. Then relaunch Chrome. You should see all your tabs there.


To add to a previous answer (one by Charlie74), if you happen to accidentally close the window using the red x at the top, you can quickly get back all your tabs by using commandshiftT. This is usually used to reopen a recently closed tab, but also works to reopen a recently closed window.


Not 100% sure what you are asking, but to get Chrome to resuming its last state:

Chrome > Settings Page (chrome://settings) > On Startup > Continue where you left off.

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