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How to fix: Chrome Continue where you left off feature not working

Chrome needs to relaunch when it updates. It may also crash on occasion. You will also close the browser when you’re done with work and open it again the next day, possibly to the same page. To make all this easier i.e., to pick up where you left of work, Chrome has a continuity feature.

Chrome Continue where you left off

Chrome: Continue where you left off

Chrome’s Continue where you left off feature remembers which tabs were last open. When you close the browser, if it crashes, or if it needs to relaunch, it uses this information to re-open those tabs. If the feature isn’t working, make sure you’ve turned it on.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click the more options button and select Settings from the menu.
  3. Scroll down to the On Startup section.
  4. Select the Continue where you left off option.
  5. If the option is enabled, and it isn’t working, try the fixes below.

1. Open multiple windows

If you had tabs open across multiple windows, Chrome may not be able to open them all. It usually opens only one window and the tabs that were open in it. Open another window and other tabs will open in it.

2. Check/disable extensions

Extensions can sometimes interfere with the Continue where you left off feature. Disable the extensions and then check if it works.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click the more options button at the top right and select More tools>Extensions.
  3. Turn the switch next to each extension off.
  4. Close and reopen Chrome.
  5. Your tabs will reopen.

3. Create new Chrome profile

A Chrome profile can be corrupted and this can cause problems with Chrome’s features. The easiest fix is to create a new profile.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click your profile icon at the top.
  3. Select Add.
  4. Enter a name for the new profile.
  5. Delete the old profile.
  6. Sign in to your Google account in the new profile.
  7. Your data will sync to it and you can start using it.

4. Reset Chrome

If the feature still doesn’t work, reset Chrome.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click the more options button at the top right.
  3. Select Settings from the menu.
  4. Click Advanced at the very bottom.
  5. Scroll to the bottom.
  6. Click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  7. Click Reset settings.

5. Clean install Chrome

If the reset doesn’t fix the problem and neither does the new profile, you can clean install Chrome.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Paste this in the location bar: chrome://version
  3. Copy the link to your profile.
  4. Open the link in File Explorer.
  5. Close Chrome.
  6. Go to the root Chrome folder and delete it.
  7. Open Control Panel.
  8. Go to Programs>Uninstall a program.
  9. Select Chrome and click the Uninstall button.
  10. Download Chrome and install it again.

Conclusion

Chrome’s Continue where you left off feature normally struggles with multiple windows. The way around it is to open a second window. Other tabs that you had open will open in it. As for multiple profiles, a profile won’t pick up from where you left it off until you open a window of the profile itself.

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