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I used to use CMD + Z to reopen a recently closed tab. From what I can tell - this feature has been removed from Safari at some point. Now seemingly the only option is CMD+SHIFT+T which exclusively reopens the last closed window. Is there any way to natively reopen last closed tab in Safari?

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  • Great answers will come of this. In a nutshell, many actions get queued for undo. This requires a dedicated last window shortcut since you can’t skip past all the other items queued by undo/redo. Why not map the exclusive command to shift+command+Z or option+command+Z?
    – bmike
    Nov 17, 2021 at 13:16
  • As far as I can tell - reopening closed tabs has been entirely removed from the cmd+z queue. Nothing I do can bring this back. I am not sure if this is specific to the latest Safari on Monterey
    – Ben Dodson
    Nov 18, 2021 at 12:19
  • You will want to change your browser or if you stick with safari, or change the shortcuts and/or habits. I’m not sure there’s another way yet…
    – bmike
    Nov 18, 2021 at 13:20

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This isn't a new feature. Cmd/Z is a kind of 'smart' undo [& also universal to all apps & indeed all platforms]
Cmd/Shift/T is a specific command [though it does change between Tab & Window depending on what was last closed.] It's located in the History menu rather than Edit.

To test -
Start to type an answer or comment into this page. Check the Edit menu.
Close this tab, check the menu again.

Undo…
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In other apps it can do even more, it is context-sensitive…

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History Undo…
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I've checked this back to Safari 11 on El Capitan.

It is possible to change these commands in System Prefs > Keyboard > Shortcuts but I would advise against it.

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  • I understand this functionality - and this is what I used to expect when using the command. However, it has now been removed entirely as far as I can tell - hence me making this post. I have just tested to make absolutely sure - directly after closing a tab - the History menu bar only has Reopen Last Closed Window (SHIFT+CMD+T) and the edit menu only has a greyed-out 'Undo (CMD+Z) option. There is no functional way to reopen a closed tab outside if finding the url in your history.
    – Ben Dodson
    Nov 18, 2021 at 12:12
  • Okay upon further inspection I have figured out what happened. However, I still believe this to be a bug. macOS seems to get hung on a certain window closing sometimes. Regardless of how many tabs you open in other windows after closing that window - that window is always brought back, with further CMD+shift+T's then reopening that windows closed tabs. If I go to the previous window I wanted to reopen closed tabs from, exit it (so that it is the most recently closed window) and hit the shortcut now - it only reopens tabs from window I'm already in, not reopening the last closed window
    – Ben Dodson
    Nov 18, 2021 at 12:41
  • That, as far as I can determine from your description, Is also expected behaviour. I’ll need to have a closer look when I get back to my computer.
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 18, 2021 at 13:54

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