Tab overload? How to control what happens when you start your browser

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Too many tabs?

If you’re in the middle of a project or have traveled far down a rabbit hole of research, it’s understandable that you want to be able to take a break and come back to all your open tabs.

Having too many open tabs does have a drawback, though. It can slow down your computer by hogging lots of resources.

Let’s review how to set up your browser to open with your previous tabs or a fresh one.

Chrome

You can customize Google Chrome to open with a new tab or reopen the same tabs you were using when you last quit the browser:

To open Chrome to a new tab:

Open Chrome and click the three vertical dotsthen Settings.

Click Ten startups and select Open the New Tab page.

To continue Chrome where you left off:

Open Chrome and click the three vertical dotsthen Settings.

Click Ten startups and select Continue where you left off.

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Safari

You can launch Safari with a new window, a new private window, all the windows from your last session, or all the non-private windows from your previous session.

To open Safari to a new window:

go to Safari > Preferences and select General.

Next to “Safari opens with,” select A new window or A new private window from the dropdown menu.

To open Safari and continue where you left off:

go to Safari > Preferences and select General.

Next to “Safari opens with,” select All Windows from last session or All non-private windows from last session from the dropdown menu.

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Firefox

When Firefox starts, one window is opened by default, displaying your specified home page. You can set this by clicking the menu hamburger button and going to Settings > Home. The default there is Firefox Home.

To restore your previous session on Firefox startup:

Launch Firefox, click the menu hamburger button, and select Settingsthen the General panel.

Below Startup, check the box next to Open previous windows and tabs.

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edge

You can open Microsoft Edge to a new tab when you launch it or pick up where you left off.

To start Edge fresh:

Launch Edge, click on the three-dots icon, and select Settings.

Click Ten startups from the left pane.

The default setting is Open a new tab. Select it if something else is set.

To have Edge open with the same tabs from the last time you quit:

Launch Edge, click on the three-dots iconand select Settings.

Click Ten startups from the left pane.

Select the option for Continue where you left off.

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