How to fix: Google Chrome does not continue where you left off

Chrome has a handy and useful feature called “pick up where you left off”. It saves your work, i.e. all open windows and tabs if Chrome crashes or shuts down without your permission. When you restart Chrome, all windows and tabs open again. Cool, isn’t it? However, this feature doesn’t seem to work for many users.

Some users have complained that some or all tabs and windows are lost when you restart Chrome. Others have complained that somehow more windows and tabs are launched than were open at the time of the crash. This is really strange. Is it a cache problem? Could be.

Let’s take a look at some common and less common solutions to this Chrome problem.

What is Chrome’s Continue where You Left Off (CWYLO), and what does it mean?

What is Chrome`s Continue Where You Left Off (CWYLO)

Chrome’s Continue Where You Left Off (CWYLO) option allows users to save tabbed pages that were open the last time the browser was closed. “Continue Where You Left Off” is a handy option that saves you from having to search for bookmarks to re-open pages.

However, some users have reported that the CWYLO feature in Chrome is not working properly for them.

It seems that in these cases, Chrome actually opens more tabs than it had when it closed. In other cases, Chrome does not launch all the tabs from the last browser session.

Here’s more information about this feature and how to fix it to make it work properly.

What can I do to fix Chrome’s “Pick Up Where You Left Off” feature?

How do I fix Chrome's "Pick up where you left off" feature

Sometimes pick up where you left off doesn’t work right.

If you run into this problem on a Windows 10 PC, try these suggestions:

  • This feature can be disabled and re-enabled.
  • Allow the web browser to run in the background.
  • Reinstall the web browser, without losing your user profile data.
  • Updating Chrome.
  • Remove Extensions.
  • Cleaning the cache
  • Don’t create a shortcut.
  • Installing chrome with an old profile.

If we talked about Chrome here, you need to follow a similar process for Edge.

This feature can be disabled and re-enabled.

1.) Open the settings page of your browser.
2.) For the Start menu, select either Open New Tab or Open Specific Page.
3.) Close the web browser.
4.) Open the browser and select “Continue” on the same page where you left off.

This should solve the problem.

Allow the web browser background to run

1.) Due to the limitations of the web browser, it may not be able to save browser status when the user closes.
2.) You can enable the web browser to run in the background.
3.) This will save the status even if it is closed and this function can work.

Reinstall the web browser, without losing your user profile data.

You may have trouble installing the web browser. You may need to uninstall it and then reinstall it.

However, this will delete all data from your web browser. To avoid this, we must first save all user profile data.

1.) To do this, open the following location in File Explorer :
C:\Users\<USER PROFILE NAME>\AppData\Local\
2.) Find the directory named after the Chrome browser and open it.
3.) In the User Data folder, copy all the directories you find and store them in a separate location.
4.) Now you can uninstall the web browser, get the latest version from the official website, and install it just like any other software.
5.) Move all the files to the same place where we saved them from the local folder.

This should fix the problem and your data will be fixed again.

Chrome: Updating

Chrome has an option to automatically update your browser. If it doesn’t update, the option should be disabled. However, there are two ways to update Chrome.

First, you can reinstall the latest version of Chrome from their website.
Second, you can check by going to settings and looking in the “About” tab.

In addition to these two options, you can check if an update is available in the three-item menu, as it will display a Chrome icon to update, if not, then use the latest version of the browser.

Remove Extensions.

Extensions can be good for your browser, but they can also break it. Disable all extensions, and then check to see if “Where to go” works or not.

The “Extensions” option is in the menu under the “Advanced Tools” option. Deactivate all the extensions first, and then activate them one by one to find out which extension is causing your browser to crash.

If you use Incognito, don’t do this as the mode will not work in Incognito.

Cleaning the cache

The cache may be responsible for this, as it can store a lot of data when browsing different pages. To clear the cache, open the settings and scroll down until you see “Advanced”, when you see it, click on it.

Many more options will be available after that.
Then scroll down again until you see “Delete Browser Data.” Click on the option. When you click on it, a window will appear in which you will see three options.

Check the “Cookies” and “Website Data” options, and check the “Cached Images and Files” box. When you’re done, click the “Clear Data” button, but be sure to save all your data before doing so, as some sites will offer to log you in again due to data deletion.

Do not create a shortcut

There is a “create a shortcut” feature. This feature can be very useful because you can open your favorite sites by clicking on the shortcut when you open your browser, but it can cause a big problem and make the mode you were in no longer work.

Instead of this feature, you can bookmark your favorite pages or attach them to a bookmark. Both of these options may be more convenient than the shortcut key combination.

If you want to pin a tab, you need to right-click on the tab to pin it, because every time you open Chrome, it immediately opens the attached tab. The tab can be saved using the star icon on the right side of the address bar.

Installing chrome using an old profile

You can back up your Chrome data to restore it to where you left off. To do this, you need to go to your Chrome folder and back up the default folder.

The default folder is the folder where your bookmarks and other data are stored. Then uninstall Chrome and reinstall it. After reinstalling Chrome, save the backup folder in your Chrome folder and try this mode again.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  1. In Chrome, click the menu icon with the three dots in the top right corner and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down to When you launch and select Remove from where you left off.

Browser configuration: The browser may be configured to open a specific group of pages or tabs at startup. In addition, in some cases, you may have the "pick up where you left off" option enabled, which causes Chrome to open previously loaded tabs when you start.

  1. Right-click on the Chrome bar &gt; Open closed tabs.
  2. Use the Ctrl + Shift + T keyboard shortcut.

  1. Close other tabs, extensions, and apps.
  2. Restart Chrome.
  3. Reboot your computer.
  4. Check for malware.
  5. Open the site in a different browser.
  6. Fix network problems and report problems with the site.
  7. Fix problematic applications (Windows computers only).
  8. Check if Chrome is already open.

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