Make IE to Restore Last Browsing Session

Many times it so happens, that while browsing, we accidentally or not, close a site that we were browsing through and then a while later want to browse through the same site we have recently closed. IE helps restore or reopen the last browsing session and lets you start where you last left.

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In this article, I am going to share how you can make IE reopen or restore your last browsing session.

Open IE with all tabs from last browsing session

In two ways you can open IE with all tabs from last browsing session,

  • Using Group Policy
  • Using Registry

Using Group Policy

First Step:

In Windows Pro & Enterprise editions, press “Windows Key + R” key combination from your keyboard to open the run dialog box.

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When the Run dialog box opens, type “gpedit.msc” in the Run text box and press Enter; the “Local Group Policy Editor” opens.

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Note: In Windows Home edition, you won’t find “Local Group Policy Editor”.
Second Step:

In the left pane of “Local Group Policy Editor” navigate to,
User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Internet Explorer -> Internet Control Panel -> General Page.

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Third Step:

When you click on “General Page” from the left pane, General Page Setting window opens in the right pane. From the right pane, click on the option “Start Internet Explorer with tabs from last browsing session”.

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Fourth Step:

In “Start Internet Explorer with tabs from last browsing session” window, you will get three options,

  • Not Configured
  • Enabled
  • Disabled

Click on the option “Enabled” and then Apply followed by OK.

Then close the “Local Group Policy Editor’ wiht the changes.

Using Registry

First Step:

In Windows Pro, Enterprise & Home Editions, Press “Windows Key + R” key combination from your keyboard, the run dialog box opens, type “regedit” in Run text box and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.

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Second Step:

When Registry Editor opens, navigate to,
HKEY_CURRENT_USER –> Software –> Policies –> Microsoft –> Internet Explorer.

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Third Step:

Select and right click the Internet Explorer, and then New –> Key, give the new key name “Continuous Browsing”. Once you created a new key for Internet Explorer, jump to the right pane to change the Value name “Enabled”, Value Data “1” and click on OK button.

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Fourth Step:

At last, after doing all changes, close the Registry Editor and restart your computer to see the required changes successfully.


If, it is necessary for you to open IE browser with old restore browsing session, only then do these settings changes on your computer.

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