Tip of the Day: Recover Safari Tabs You Accidentally Closed

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I constantly use tabs in Safari. When I'm viewing a page and see a link I want to read — but without closing the page I'm currently on — I tap and hold the link to open it in a new tab. I sometimes have as many as a half dozen tabs open. And nothing is more frustrating than inadvertently closing a tab when it's something I haven't yet read. Fortunately, if that happens to you, there's a simple way to re-open recently closed tabs.

In the screen capture below, I have three tabs open.

  

Let's say I inadvertently closed a tab on a Steve Jobs article. To view a list of recently closed tabs, tap and hold the "+" button (which is normally used to open a new tab) located bottom center on the iPhone and upper right on the iPad.

Then tap on the item of interest in the list, and the tab is re-opened.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.