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I accidentally closed an instance of Opera with multiple tabs. There was another window with a couple of tabs running.

I have closed and restarted Opera in the hope it will retrieve the windows at startup (it usually asks if I want to continue from last time).

Is there a way I can retrieve my closed window with all the tabs? I cannot see them in the history either, probably because when I switched on my PC the Internet connection was down and the pages didn't load.

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Opera periodically saves a backup of your session between restarts. If you are quick enough, you can retrieve the backup before it is overwritten. Don't open or close any more tabs in Opera until you do the following.

On Windows, have a look at "%APPDATA%\Opera\Opera\sessions\". If you are using a different installation directory or you are on a different operating system, you will have to find your profile path. Type "opera:about" into your address bar.

You should have an "autosave.win" and an "autosave.win.bak" in the "sessions" folder.

Copy both files, and back them up somewhere. You can close now Opera, which will cause both files to be overwritten.

Now, return to "%APPDATA%\Opera\Opera\sessions\", rename "autosave.win" to "autosave0.win.bak" and "autosave.win.bak" to "autosave.win".

Finally, re-open Opera.

Remember, next time, you should carefully backup your sessions using "Opera Menu > Tabs and Windows > Sessions > Save This Session..." or "Right click inside of the Bookmarks Manager > Bookmark All Open Pages".

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Have a look at this page:

Link: http://www.opera.com/browser/tips/?feature=trash

It might be what you are looking for?

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Trash is cleared on a closed window. –  Gnoupi May 1 '10 at 13:59
Thanks but this only opens the closed tabs on the same page, while you are still on the same session, not if you have restarted. I want to open a window with all the tabs that where on it, on my previous session. Are these saved in a file or are they lost forever? –  Kostas May 1 '10 at 15:46

If autosave.win.bak doesn't contain your session either, try to recover as soon as possible the most recent (and biggest) autosave.win in ..\Opera\Opera\sessions directory using an undelete program (e.g. Recuva).

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Don't forget that the humble "history" feature at least records the URLs that you hit recently, though not the full page state. It should persist for at least 30 days.

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Meanwhile (Opera 25.0) there is a built-in feature for retrieving a recently closed window (and it's tabs).

Opera Menu > Recently closed

(Great feature btw ^^)

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