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I left Google Chrome open on my XP host last night with a bunch of open tabs, and this morning, the applications stops responding.

I'm afraid killing and restarting Chrome won't recover the open tabs.

I tried making a copy of "C:\Documents and Settings(me)\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Current Tabs", but even though I'm logged in with Admin rights, I get "Access denied on file Current Tabs".

Is there a way to get the list of tabs currently open in the browser?

Thank you.

Edit: I went ahead, killed Chrome... and as I feared, it didn't recover the open tabs. By default, Google doesn't seem to handle this, so we have to change its configuration: Basics > On Start Up: "Reopen the pages that were open last".

If the above doesn't work, maybe there's an extension that keeps tracks of open URL's and will positively recover them after a crash?

A more rudimentary solution is to 1) kill Chrome, and 2) grep for "http" the following file: "C:\Documents and Settings(me)\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Current Session".

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"I'm afraid killing and restarting Chrome won't recover the open tabs." — this procedure has worked for me every single time. You can bring them up with ctrl-shift-t again when you restart Chrome. Are they that important? You could also search the History for the latest entries, in the unlikely event it doesn't restore them. – slhck Aug 25 '11 at 7:50
Thanks for the tip, but CTRL-SHIFT-T didn't work, and Chrome just restarted without recoving the open tabs. They were important because I obviously didn't keep track of their URL's. As for using History, it's pretty useless since it's not possible to just retrieve URL's that were open when Chrome stopped responding. – OverTheRainbow Aug 25 '11 at 7:55
That's weird — I remember when using earlier nightly builds that Chrome would crash every second day, and I was able to restore the tabs every time, since it saved their state immediately when they were opened. – slhck Aug 25 '11 at 7:59
Maybe it's because you changed its default config to "On Start Up: "Reopen the pages that were open last." I don't understand why Google doesn't enable this by default. – OverTheRainbow Aug 25 '11 at 8:05
No, this isn't activated (see my preferences). The reason is that ctrl-shift-t should always work. Try it, open a few tabs, quit Chrome, open it again, and try the keyboard shortcut. – slhck Aug 25 '11 at 8:07
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Open Settings and there "On startup", "open the tabs that were open last time".

Works for me, ie. recovers the tabs also in case of a program crash.

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Thanks. By default, it wasn't enabled, and I lost all the open tabs after killing Chrome. – OverTheRainbow Aug 25 '11 at 8:57

1. Setting up Google Chrome

  • In Chrome <'Settings'> - <'On Startup'> you must set "Open the New Tab page" or (obviously) "Continue where I left off" (but then chrome will reopen all closed tabs in every new session - witch can cause some problems).
  • You must never select "Open a specific page or set of pages." - if you want, you can enable "show Home page" checkbox, under <'Appearances'> so you'll be able to quickly open home page at startup. I don't know the reason, but that's the price of always having "reopen last session" possibility.

2. Reopening

  • After Crash you can use <'Reopen'> button (as always)

  • After closing Google Chrome, before opening any new (i.e. home) page, press ctrl+shift+T or right click on title bar and then click on "Reopen closed tab"

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