Ever been thick into surfing the Web with multiple tabs open only to have your browser suddenly shut down? If this has happened to you, you know how frustrating it can be trying to recover lost tabs. Users of Chrome, however, have a great weapon at their disposal in the fight against spontaneously lost tabs: Recycle Bin.

And don’t let the name throw you off. The Recycle Bin app by has nothing to do with the recycle bin on your desktop. This app makes it possible to recover lost tabs whenever you shut your browser…or if it has a mind of its own and crashes. You can even search your stored tabs for something specific.

Install Recycle Bin for Chrome

To use Recycle Bin to restore tabs, the first step is adding it to Chrome, which is fast and easy to do. First, open your Chrome browser, then visit the download page for the app in the Chrome Web Store. On this page, click the blue “Add to Chrome” button in the top-right corner.


After you click, Chrome will verify if you want to add this app to your browser. Click the “Add” button.


The app will be installed in seconds, no restarting is necessary, and a shiny bright green circular icon with white arrows should appear in the top-right corner of your browser, as well as a message letting you know Recycle Bin has been successfully added.


Using Recycle Bin

Once Recycle Bin has been added to Chrome, you will need to go into the “Options” menu to set up how the app works. To do this, click the circular green icon and a drop-down menu will appear. And in this window, click “Options.”


After you click, a tab will appear where you can adjust various settings, such as how the icon looks and if you want it to be displayed in your toolbar. And one of the most important options here is the maximum number of tabs you want to Recycle Bin to store. There’s an option to change the number of tabs it saves. You can save a maximum of 20 tabs per session.


And how Recycle Bin works is actually pretty slick. Unlike the tab restore feature in Firefox, Recycle Bin keeps dozens of past sites you’ve visited in a neat list, contained in the drop-down that appears when you click the icon for Recycle Bin in Chrome. It saves a site to the list after you close the window, and a helpful number will be superimposed over the icon, informing you how many sites it has currently saved.


And lastly, another feature that makes Recycle Bin a generally well-thought-out app is it’s “Search Function.” If you have a long list of sites you’ve visited and want to find a particular site quickly, you can just search for it in the yellow search field at the top of the drop-down menu.


One of the greatest things about Recycle Bin is that once installed, it saves your browsing automatically, so you never have to worry about losing where you were again. For a lot of people, this kind of app can be a huge lifesaver. It may not be the prettiest design or even the snazziest app out there, but it will definitely prove it’s worth after one use. And for an app that will restore tabs in any browser, beyond Chrome, check out Sessions Buddy.

Update: This app is not available on Chrome Store.

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