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

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When it comes to your browser, it goes beyond which one you use. Some people turn on their computers and want the browser tabs to reopen right where they left off. Others may prefer a clean slate. Here’s how to do both.

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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 return to all of your open tabs.

However, having too many open tabs has a downside. It can slow down your computer by consuming lots of resources.

Let’s walk through how to configure your browser to open with your previous tabs or a new one.

Chrome

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

To open Chrome in a new tab:

Open Chrome and click on three vertical dotsthereafter Settings.

click At startup and select Open the New Tab page.

To pick up Chrome where you left off:

Open Chrome and click on three vertical dotsthereafter Settings.

click At startup and choose Continue where you left off.

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Safari

You can start 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 in a new window:

Go to Safari > Preferences and choose General.

Select next to “Safari opens with”. A new window or A new private window from the drop-down menu.

To open Safari and pick up where you left off:

Go to Safari > Preferences and choose General.

Select next to “Safari opens with”. All Windows from last session or All non-private windows from the last session from the drop-down menu.

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Firefox

When Firefox starts, a window will open by default showing your specified home page. You can set this by clicking on menu hamburger button and goes to Settings > Home. The default there is Firefox Home.

To restore your previous session on Firefox startup:

Start Firefox, click on menu hamburger button, and choose Settingsthereafter General panel.

Check the box next to under Start Open previous windows and tabs.

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Edge

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

To start Edge fresh:

Launch Edge, click on icon with three dots, and choose Settings.

click At startup 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 exited:

Launch Edge, click on icon with three dotsand select Settings.

click At startup from the left pane.

Select the option for Continue where you left off.

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