I've tried doing this, and when i open properties for google chrome:

the target box says: "C:\ProgramFiles(x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

the start in box says: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application"

So If I type in the target box: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe --restore-last-session"

And press Ok a Error shows up with the title 'problem with shortcut' saying 'The name 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe --restore-last-session' specified in the target box is not valid. Make sure that the path and the filename are correct'

Is there a solution to this so i could reopen the tabs and windows that were closed when my laptop crashed?

Really quite worried about losing any tabs and getting behind on work - I've created a back up on a USB for the default folder in the user data folder.

What happened was that my laptop crashed and i reopened chrome but missed the restore button and there was no way to reopen the tabs - I then closed chrome and made sure not to reopen it in case i lost any data and made a back up.

When I saw this method being explained on this website: http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/3018/google_chrome_force_restore_previous_session_command_line/

^For windows XP this website used in the target box- C:\Documents and Settings\Application Data\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe --restore-last-session (If I use this in the target box then the error still appears)

Q)How could I do this for my Laptop? What would I have to type in the command line/target box so the error doesn't appear and I can restore what was lost?

Advice appreciated

2 Answers 2


I think your quotations are in the wrong spot. Try this: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --restore-last-session

  • This does not open all windows
    – Matej J
    Oct 8, 2019 at 6:44

in PowerShell you can simply use

start chrome --restore-last-session

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