I'm switching back to Safari from Chrome. Now that I figured out how to get Safari to let me navigate tabs the way I want, only one thing remains: I want to be able to reopen my last closed tab with cmd+shift+T.

Near as I can tell, it's not a matter of making a keyboard shortcut in System Preferences, since Safari does not have a menu item for opening the last closed tab. So how else can I go about this?

(I've got one slot left available in the free version of FastScripts, so it'd be handy if there were an AppleScript solution for this.)


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Try clicking ⌘-Z (for undo).

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    Mind: blown. Never thought it'd be that simple.
    – hairboat
    Oct 6, 2011 at 2:16
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    @AbbyΨ - I've long had a theory about "Using an Apple product to do something you've never done before": ① Imagine that you are a brilliant person with a deep knowledge of both technology and human factors. ② Imagine how that version of you would make that feature accessible to anyone. ③ Try whatever comes to mind. End result: It's amazing how often the process works. Try it some time!
    – Dori
    Oct 6, 2011 at 2:25
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    Unlike Chrome's ⌘+shift+T, Safari's ⌘+Z can only re-open a single tab. For anything more than the last closed tab, you'll need to go through your history. Sep 6, 2012 at 2:00
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    @drfrogsplat @ Dori -- It really makes you wonder which way makes more sense, accidentally closing a tab is obviously something to undo; but, though I may dislike it, browsers have become more of a platform than an application, the 'undo' should affect the content, not the browser itself. Although, in a world where webpages remained pages, not trying to be pseudo-applications, Safari's metaphor would, make more sense.
    – Hawken
    Dec 9, 2012 at 16:10
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    @Hawken, to me multiple tabs are analogous to having multiple documents open at once in any other application, like a tabbed text/image viewer/editor. In Photoshop, Preview, TextEdit, etc you don't "undo" closing a file, you re-open a recent file... that's not part of the 'undo chain'. Each file has its own, independent undo chain/history. Dec 10, 2012 at 1:10

As of macOS Sierra beta 1, + shift + T works the same way on safari.

Reference: https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/4v07pt/command_shift_t_now_works_in_safari/


or you can download the app SafariTabs There is a feature that saves the tabs and you can restore them for each session. It requires SIMBL to be installed. I haven't tried it yet.

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  • thank you for informing me so, I was afraid that I would be accused for "advertising". I edited the post a bit. May 22, 2013 at 12:12
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    Incidentally, I'm not sure this plugin does exactly what the OP wanted. He wanted to be able to open the last closed tab, but I think this plugin just enables the option to open all tabs from the previous session, which is already an option in Safari 6.
    – daviewales
    May 22, 2013 at 13:40
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    ah, jeez, you are right.. :s May 23, 2013 at 12:42

If you are using Keyboard Maestro you could emulate the Chrome behaviour (including multiple undos) with a HotKey trigger. I did an initial run at it. Thats the gist of it.

(Keep in mind, that you're loosing the history in each tabs. Its really only to get the URLs back.)

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