Make Edge Open Tabs from Last Browsing Session at Every Start

Microsoft Edge, like any other major web browser on the market, has the capability to save your tab sessions when you close the browser. You can have Edge open all the tabs from your last browsing session whenever you start it.

Note: Information in this article does not apply to the new Microsoft Edge (Chromium). It’s applicable to the old Microsoft Edge browser only.

Open tabs from last browsing session in Edge

Start Microsoft Edge, click the More icon (with three dots), and click Settings.

In “Open Microsoft Edge with” drop-down box, select “Previous pages”

edge open last browsing session

That’s it! From now, Edge will open your last visited sites at every start.

Regardless of which option you select in the drop-down box, Microsoft Edge when closing down, saves the session history by default in the Recovery store folder here.


Selecting the “Previous pages” option from the drop-down makes Edge use the last saved “recovery” information and open that particular set of tabs or browsing session at startup.

The “Recovery” folder also comes into play when the browser crashes and needs to restore the last visited pages after recovery.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

6 thoughts on “Make Edge Open Tabs from Last Browsing Session at Every Start”

  1. Why the hell doesn’t it say open with current pages? That would be so much clearer! For goodness sake, I”ve been working in IT for 30 years and these programs still can’t get it right!

  2. On 10 OCT 2020, my MS Edge Version 86.0.622.38 (Official build) (64-bit) crashed. When I reopened it, it prompted me to “Restore” last session, which I did. It did not restore anything and left me at my default tab. I visited the directory you mentioned,
    expecting to find a “RecoveryStore.xxxxx” file dated 10 OCT 2020. However, the latest file in the entire directory is dated 02 MAY 2020. I will search my entire drive for a later version of this file, test it, and report back. Thank you, regardless, for your efforts! I’ll share this in hopes that it will help someone!

  3. I’ve gone into settings and told it to restore the tabs. It doesn’t care and tells me it will clear all tabs when I go to quit. My solution which I hate to do is to kill it in task manager so it thinks it crashed and restores my tabs on next start. I installed Windows 10 on another computer with different hardware only to discover the same issue. If this is a fault I don’t know why I can only find posts regarding switching on this broken function and no complaints afterward when it doesn’t work. Looks like another problem I have to solve myself, probably by using a different browser that’s broken in a different way.

  4. Opening with previous tabs was working fine 3 days ago, now does not work. Was my default browser when it worked, now had to go back to Firefox. Is there a real fix on the horizon???


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