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When using Chrome's incognito window, closed tabs lose their state "instantly" and thus cannot be restored using CtrlShiftT.

However, it's extremely common to accidentally close a tab, even in incognito mode.

Is there any way to restore an accidentally-closed incognito tab?

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Yes. it is possible.

You can install Sexy Undo Close Tab for it.


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+1 for answering original question –  rishimaharaj Apr 24 '12 at 17:35

I don't think you can, or even should be able to restore closed tabs in incognito.

Think about it for a second: you're asking your browser to not follow you around and not keep local data, by switching to incognito mode, and a second later you're asking for a closed tab? Kinda beats the purpose, no?

If you must have this functionality (again, beats the purpose of incognito imho), you can use a session manager (like Session Buddy) and mark it OK to run in incognito.

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Chrome has implemented a "multiple identity" feature which will come to the Developer and Beta builds soon, and I guess this is exactly what you want. –  slhck May 8 '11 at 9:44
@Pacerier You can safely install the Chrome Beta because it's really very stable and I've even run the Dev build for more than a year now and have never had any problems! I don't know when, but I'd say in a few weeks? –  slhck May 8 '11 at 15:29
Maybe it's changed since you originally answered this question, but incognito mode now lets all its tabs access the same incognito cookies (and deletes them all once you close the last tab). So if you are already letting the browser keep track of your cookies in incognito mode, the question seems perfectly reasonable. –  Jian May 3 '14 at 14:17
@Jian, No it didn't change. That was how it always worked. Basically, the computer still has the data, so there got to be a way to restore it. –  Pacerier Nov 19 '14 at 11:06
@slhck, I use incognito because it is "more secure". It's good to know that the shared computer will forget everything about me when I end my session after I've closed all the incognito tabs. –  Pacerier Nov 19 '14 at 11:10

Cookies won't be stored in Incognito mode. Therefore, your purpose of sharing/storing different cookies(you wrote so in comment to 'Traveling Tech Guy') won't work in Incognito. I guess you are looking at something like accessing different online accounts(facebook, yahoo mail) in two windows. If that is the case you can easily do it with two different browsers, say Firefox and chrome. I do the same when I have to access different accounts with same service provider. In Gmail you can directly sign in to another account in same browser.

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As this post on the Chrome help forum notes, Incognito mode specifically doesn't remember your history, so there's no way for it reopen what it doesn't remember.

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Install the Vimium extension for Chrome. The keyboard shortcut for Undo Close Tab is 'X' which works in the Incognito mode as well.

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