UndoClose For Windows [AddictiveTips Apps]

One of the most useful tab-management features of modern browsers is opening recently closed tabs using the Ctrl+Shift+T hotkey. It certainly saves the time one would’ve spent sifting through browsing history to find and open closed tabs. In contrast to browsers, Windows 7 manages folders and application windows differently; despite storing recently opened programs and items in Start Menu, it doesn’t support bringing them up again using a hotkey. Today, AddictiveTips brings you UndoClose - a free program that remembers all recently closed folders and applications, so that you can restore them in the same sequence in which they were closed using two hotkeys. In short, it enables you to open the last closed folder(s) and application(s) just like the way Firefox, Google Chrome and other browsers let you open the recently closed tab(s).

UndoClose-[AddictiveTips-Apps]

UndoClose supports two hotkey combinations; Ctrl+Shift+F and Ctrl+Shift+A, to open last closed folder (in Windows Explorer) and application, respectively. The hotkeys can be used multiple times. For example, if you close VLC Player, Notepad and iTunes, press Ctrl+Shift+A hotkey three times to launch VLC Player, Notepad and iTunes again.

UndoClose sits in the system tray after being launched and silently starts monitoring all folders and applications that are closed. It then helps you restore them using the hotkeys.

If the pre-defined hotkeys come in conflict with other global hotkeys, you can change them from Settings. To access Settings, click the system tray icon. You will also find all recently closed folders and applications with their complete source paths. You can open them by double-clicking the items in the list.


You can watch how it all works in the video walkthrough below.

The application is built to actively keep log of all the apps and folders you close, and therefore, it consumes 35 MB of system memory. It’s worth mentioning here that memory usage depends upon the number of apps and folders you close during the session. UndoClose is a portable app that works on Windows 7 only. Both 32-bit and 64-bit OS are supported.

Download UndoClose

Changelog:

Version 1.1 – Now works with all Libraries (main folder, default Windows libraries, custom user-made libraries), Computer, Recycle Bin, Control Panel (Category view), and Network.

Version 1.0  - Initial Release

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  • gpf

    I tried UndoClose on Windows 7 64-bit and the GUI screen is always blank. It appears to be working fine, but I can’t see the interface so I can’t change any settings. When I drag other windows over the app the interface doesn’t refresh – see attachment.

  • gpf

    I tried UndoClose on Windows 7 64-bit and the GUI screen is always blank. It appears to be working fine, but I can’t see the interface so I can’t change any settings. When I drag other windows over the app the interface doesn’t refresh – see attachment.

    • http://www.door2windows.com/ Kishan Bagaria

      What’s your RAM and how many windows are open?

      • gpf

        I have 8GB ram on an almost-new Intel i7 Dell laptop. It turns out the problem only occurs while I am running MaxiVista – the remote screen controller. When I disable that your screen suddenly appears. UndoClose still works even though I cannot see it’s interface so I’m not that bothered. Thanks for your reply!

        • http://www.door2windows.com/ Kishan Bagaria

          Glad that you figured it out.

  • Deniz

    App undo is working but folder undo is not working for me . I tried it for a few folder .
    It says
    ” You have not closed any window till now ”

    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Sp 1

    • http://www.door2windows.com/ Kishan Bagaria

      What does the main window show?

      • Deniz

        ” Recently closed folders ” is empty .

        • http://www.door2windows.com/ Kishan Bagaria

          What language are you using?

          • fish

            Same problem on my system (WIN7 SP1 64 bit GERMAN)
            Is there no solution?

            • qsek

              i have the same problem, no closed windows show up.
              Im on Win7 Ultimate 64 German

    • Anders

      Same problem on my system, Win 7 Enterprise 64bit Swedish.

  • http://blog.elemedu.gr/ hkalant

    Great tool, but I have a problem. If I open Pictures, Music, Videos, Downloads folders and close them, UndoClose will only allow me to reopen the last folder I closed (the Downloads folder in my example). Any idea to fix this? Is this a bug or something?

    • http://www.addictivetips.com/ Ghaus Iftikhar

      Forgot to mention that Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos folders inside Libraries is not supported at the time. Otherwise everything else works, even the main Libraries folder works.

      • http://blog.elemedu.gr/ hkalant

        oh ok thanks. I hope it will be available on future versions.

        • http://www.door2windows.com/ Kishan Bagaria

          Updated. Now works with all libraries.

    • http://www.addictivetips.com/ Ghaus Iftikhar

      Forgot to mention that Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos folders inside Libraries is not supported at the time. Otherwise everything else works, even the main Libraries folder works.

  • San

    I use FAR 2.0-1877, when I close it I get a nasty error and a crash from undoclose. 64bit Windows 7.

  • emil

    I know it wasn’t designed for XP, but It works on Windows XP (SP3) too, but only the closed application part (it doesn’t detect closing folders in Explorer).
    One idea i would like to see implemented is to add another hotkey that shows a small window with the icons and descriptions of the last closed programs so i can click on any of them to open the program, something like the “Recent apps” feature from Android.
    This would be useful for me since i use a lot of small tools. I know i can click on the UndoClose icon in the tray and it opens the settings page where i can select the program from there, but that requires a click on a small icon and also once i select a program from the list it gets deleted.

    It would be nice to have an option to enable/disable deleting the program from the list once you click, also another option would be needed to allow or not duplicate entries (for example i closed Notepad 4 times, i have 4 entries, but i would like it listed only once).

    • Anonymous

      We did think of those plus a few others. Those are great ideas. Keep em coming!

      • emil

        I’m glad i can be of help, I’ll post here whenever i have any new ideas :)

        Idea : the program should be able to be started from the command prompt with parameters, it would be useful for scripting (for example to launch it from a command shell or from an application launcher like Launchy or FARR)

        Bug : When you start the app it should also look if it’s already started, if it is then either transmit what’s on the command line or simply show the configuration dialog.
        For now, if you start the app twice, the second instance crashes with a “Cannot hook into shell” error.

        Improvement : it would be nice to be able to delete the shortcuts, for example I don’t need the “open last folder” option so i would like to be able to disable that shortcut (either a checkbox in front of the shortcut selection or simply pressing the “Del” or “Backspace” key in the selection box should delete the shortcut).

        Improvement : some apps contain in their application title the path to the file that it is editing/viewing, for example Notepad++ shows the complete path to the file it’s editing. It would be nice if UndoClose could read the path of the file, and when i restart Notepad++ from UndoClose it would give that file as a parameter (Notepad++ opens a file if you give the file’s path as the parameter in the command line).

        P.S. maybe a forum would be nice, there people could post ideas/bugreports. This application has a lot of potential so i think it would be worth it.
        Also, i don’t know what you think about opensource-ing it, but that could potentially make this app “evolve” faster. 

        Of course, this are all just ideas, you can ignore them if you don’t consider them to be important or doable ;)

        Oh, and before I forget, thanks for the program, it’s quite useful.

  • emil

    I know it wasn’t designed for XP, but It works on Windows XP (SP3) too, but only the closed application part (it doesn’t detect closing folders in Explorer).
    One idea i would like to see implemented is to add another hotkey that shows a small window with the icons and descriptions of the last closed programs so i can click on any of them to open the program, something like the “Recent apps” feature from Android.
    This would be useful for me since i use a lot of small tools. I know i can click on the UndoClose icon in the tray and it opens the settings page where i can select the program from there, but that requires a click on a small icon and also once i select a program from the list it gets deleted.

    It would be nice to have an option to enable/disable deleting the program from the list once you click, also another option would be needed to allow or not duplicate entries (for example i closed Notepad 4 times, i have 4 entries, but i would like it listed only once).

  • http://about.me/kentchen Kent Chen

    Hi thanks for the awesome work.

    the only thing I wish this tool can have is to reopen the last closed file, like a word document. Reopening Word doesn’t make any use to me, but reopening a word document sure does.

    Cheers.

  • http://about.me/kentchen Kent Chen

    Hi thanks for the awesome work.

    the only thing I wish this tool can have is to reopen the last closed file, like a word document. Reopening Word doesn’t make any use to me, but reopening a word document sure does.

    Cheers.

  • Arturo

    Hi, I’m experiencing the same problem as Deniz: the App undo works fine  but the folder undo does  not. The Recently Closed Folders list remains empty. I’m using Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit (italian). 
    Cheers.

  • Andreas

    Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit – German Language Version
    Closed folders are shown in the closed app section and can be opened with STRG-SHIFT-A - 
    STRG-SHIFT-A causes an error message. 

  • Andreas

    Sorry – STRG-SHIFT-F causes an error message.
    STRG-SHIFT-A works fine for closed apps and closed folders.

  • Tnybutstrong

    Crash explorer on my Windows 8 CP when hit the shortcut to restore a closed folder/app. Restore from gui is working fine. I hope you can fix it. Loving the software.

    • Tinybutstrong

       Testing better, its crash sometimes only. Weird.

  • http://www.CustomMaps.de/ RycoDePsyco

    Does not work with Windows 7 – 64bit – German language
    Closed folders are not recognized..

    • FCX

      Doesn’t work with Windows 7 64bit Polish – no folder closed recognized either

    • John Hoshkins

      The same for the Win7 64 bit Spanish version. None folder showed in the list, none can be recovered.

  • Jcee

    Looked around and didnt see any, is there any way to donate to the authors via paypal?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.allen.smith Nathan Smith

    Just a suggestion, but it would be nice to be able to disable either the Undo Last Closed Folder or Undo Last Closed Application functionality. I want the Undo Close Folder, but not the Undo Close Application.

    Also, when you change the hotkey for either option, you are unable to change the hotkey option to something different unless you either accept the change or close the settings window without saving and then re-open the settings. It would be nice for indecisive people like me to be able to try different key combinations.

    Love the app and I believe those changes would make it even better.

  • masluch

    dosn’t work for me. win7 polish version

  • tedebus

    Does not work well on Windows 7 32bit Italian language
    Closed folders are not recognized as apps are.

  • Volker Mühling

    “Folder” does not work (Reopening Apps works fine).
    Win 7 Professional 64bit, German, SP1

  • oghi1

    The problem i encountered is that, although the Run at system startup checkbox is ticked and Windows shows UndoClose as a startup item, it doesn’t start with windows. Anyone eles ran into this issue? It would be so awesome if this would work! Running Win7Ultimate x64, if relevant

  • Dark Pumpkin

    “UndoClose supports two hotkey combinations”
    You may want to change this to say that those two keys are it’s default settings. When I read that, I was under the impression this program can be set to one of two hot keys, and nothing else, until I read further and saw that it can be changed.

    Other than that, great post. I’m gonna give this program a try. I’ve found myself in need of a hotkey like this 3 or 4 times a week.

  • coolRR

    Great app! I’ve been using it for months and it’s quite useful.

    Suggestion: Allow a hotkey for showing recently closed apps, so we could select from that instead of opening the most recent ones. Same thing for Explorer windows. (Actually for Explorer windows it’ll be more helpful.)

  • hasanTR

    Thanks,but. Very high system memory use.