How to restore last session in Internet Explorer

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As we know, the default page displayed in Internet Explorer is either blank page or the default favorite page that was configured in settings screen. But, sometimes you may need to open the last visited page by default whenever you open Internet Explorer next time. In this article learn how to load and restore last session in Internet Explorer automatically next time. This can be done through simple configuration change in the Internet Explorer Options screen.

Platform: Windows

Restore last session in Internet Explorer :


Before proceeding further, lets understand where is the expected configuration change needed in order to display last visited URL or webpage.

As you know, we can modify or reset the Internet Explorer configurations in Internet options screen. Open Internet options window by navigating to Menu -> Tools -> and click on Internet Options sub menu item. This will load the Internet Options window. In Internet Options window, switch to General tab. In General tab you can see that, Startup option, Start with tabs from last session option is disabled and not selected. By enabling option will bring the previously visited web page automatically when we open the Internet Explorer next time.
How to restore last session in Internet Explorer
If this option is disabled, then you can enable this option through Local Group Policy editor.

Please follow the below steps to restore the last session in internet explorer using Local Group Policy editor.

Environment: Windows7, 8, 8,1, Internet Explorer 11

1 Open the Windows Local Group Policy editor by entering ‘gpedit.msc‘ in Run command window and hit Enter key from keyboard.
2 On the Windows Local Group Policy editor window, click on User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Internet Explorer -> Internet Control Panel -> General Page. You can see here, the configuration ‘Start Internet Explorer with tabs from last browsing session‘ is not configured or enabled. Let’s enable this in further steps.
How to restore last session in Internet Explorer
3 Double click on the item ‘Start Internet Explorer with tabs from last browsing session‘ which open the configuration window to enable this option.
How to restore last session in Internet Explorer
4 You can see that ‘Start Internet Explorer with tabs from last browsing session‘ configuration is enabled.
How to restore last session in Internet Explorer
5 Now its the time to test your browser. To do this, open the Internet Explorer and open your favorite web page. Once the webpage is successfully loaded, close the internet explorer. When you open the internet explorer next time, the browser load the previously visited web page.

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