How to Reopen a Closed Browser Tab in Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox

It is annoying to accidentally close tabs and lose web pages you were browsing if you forgot to bookmark them. 

Thankfully, most, if not all browsers have features that allow you to reopen websites you viewed previously and restore the tabs you just closed by an errant mouse click.

How to Reopen Closed Browser Tabs in Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox Browsers

There are several ways you can reopen closed tabs in your web browser. These methods include: 

  • Using keyboard shortcuts
  • Using the built-in Undo closed tab feature
  • Through a hotkey
  • Using a few mouse clicks
  • Checking your browsing history

How to Reopen Closed Tabs in Google Chrome

There are several ways you can reopen closed tabs in Google Chrome, including keyboard shortcuts, the reopen closed tab feature, or using the browser history.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

You can reopen a closed tab in Chrome using the following  combination of keys. 

  1. On your Windows PC, press Ctrl + Shift + T.
  1. On a Mac, press Command + Shift + T.

Note: If you hit the keyboard shortcut once on your computer, it’ll bring up the last tab you closed. Keep hitting the keys until you get the tab you want. 

Using the Reopen Closed Tab Feature

  1. If you’re using a Windows PC, right-click on the tab menu area and select Reopen Closed Tab. Repeat this step until you reopen the tab you’re looking for.
  1. On a Mac, select File > Reopen Closed Tab

Using Your Browser History

You can go through your browser history and check the sites you visited in the past hour, day, week or month. 

  1. On a Windows PC, select the Chrome menu and then select History.
  1. On a Mac, select History on the menu bar at the top and see your recently closed tabs. You can also select Show full history to see all the websites you visited last or press Command + Y on your Mac’s keyboard.

How to Reopen Closed Tabs in Safari 

On a Mac, you can reopen a closed tab using a keyboard shortcut, the Undo Closed tab feature, or go through your browsing history to find the tab you’re looking for.

Using a keyboard shortcut

Use the following shortcut keys Command + Shift + T  to reopen a closed tab or press Ctrl + Z.

Using the Menu Bar

The menu bar on your Mac offers several features including the Undo Closed Tab feature. 

  1. To access the feature, select Edit > Undo Closed Tab
  1. Alternatively, select History > Recently Closed or History > Reopen Last Closed tab.

Using  the Browser History

  1. Select History in the menu bar and select Show All History.
  1. If you want to see all the windows from your last session, select History > Reopen all Windows from Last Session.

How to Reopen a Closed Tab in Edge

You can reopen closed tabs in the exact order in which you closed them using the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + T

Using the Menu Bar

You can set up the Edge browser to open previously closed tabs each time you launch the browser. This way, you can pick up easily from where you left off. 

  1. Select Menu > Settings
  1. Right-click the Edge menu bar and select Reopen closed tab.

If you want to see your browsing history, press CTRL+H to open the History tab and find the tabs you closed recently. 

Note: These steps don’t work if you’re using Incognito mode.

How to Reopen a Closed Tab in Firefox

Reopening a closed tab on Firefox is pretty straightforward. You can use a keyboard shortcut or the Undo Closed tab feature on the menu bar.

Using a Keyboard Shortcut

  1. On a Windows PC you can use the Ctrl + Shift + T shortcut to reopen closed tabs. 
  2. On a Mac you can use the Command + Shift + T  shortcut to reopen tabs. 

Using the Menu Bar

  1. You can right-click the Firefox menu bar and select Undo closed tab.
  1. Alternatively, select the History tab > Recently closed tabs.
  1. If you want to see your browsing history and choose the tab you want to reopen, select History on your Mac’s menu bar and then select Show All History.

We hope this guide helped you reopen closed tabs on your Windows or Mac. 

If you use Chrome, check out our guide on how to save tabs in the Chrome browser

Can’t Schedule an Uber in Advance? Here’s What To Do

Uber is a great car hiring service and often a better and cheaper alternative to a taxi. Unlike ordinary taxis, Uber comes with a few handy features, like paying for your rides with free Uber credit or using the app’s delivery service Uber Eats to get food delivered. However, one of the most useful features that Uber offers is its scheduled rides. 

Scheduling an Uber in advance has many benefits, but if you’ve never used Uber before it may prove a little tricky. Learn how to use Scheduled Rides on Uber as well as what to do if it appears that you can’t schedule your ride. 

Why Schedule an Uber in Advance?

If you’ve planned to attend an event or a meeting, scheduling an Uber ride in advance might save you time and worries. The app allows you to schedule a ride whether it is 15 minutes from now or 30 days in advance. 

The Scheduled Ride feature is perfect for when you can’t afford to have anything go wrong. For example, if you have a flight booked and need to be at the airport by a certain time, a scheduled pickup is ideal. If your flight’s in the middle of the night, you might prefer Uber to waking up a friend or a family member to drive you. 

If it’s a work event that you’re attending, scheduling an Uber in advance will help you forget about things like finding space in the parking lot and focus more on the important presentation or meeting that you have ahead. 

How Scheduled Uber Rides Work

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The Scheduled Rides feature allows you to select a 10 minute window when you want the driver to pick you up. You can schedule your ride on the same day or up to 30 days in advance. The price of your ride will differ depending on when you search for it. When scheduling a ride, you’ll get an estimate of what you can expect your future ride to cost and it’ll be locked in after you schedule it. 

When the time window that you selected comes up, Uber will look for a nearby driver on your behalf. Once a driver picks up your request, you’ll get push-notifications about it in the app, same as you would with a regular Uber ride. You can then check the driver’s rating to see how other passengers rate their experience with them. 

You should know, however, that scheduling an Uber in advance doesn’t guarantee you a ride. Uber will send your request at the scheduled time, but there’s still a slight chance there won’t be a driver to accept it. If it happens that you’re not matched with a car, Uber will notify you at the end of your selected time window. 

Why Can’t I Schedule an Uber in Advance?

You should be able to schedule your Uber in advance if you follow the steps from above. If you can’t seem to be able to schedule your ride, use the following tips to identify the problem.

Schedule an Uber Ride More Than 30 Days in Advance 

What went wrong?

Check the current date and the date of your future trip. The problem with scheduling your Uber ride in advance may be that you’re trying to schedule a ride more than 30 days prior to the date when you need the ride. 

What should you do?

Uber doesn’t allow you to schedule a trip if it’s more than 30 days away from today. The solution is to either schedule a trip for an earlier date or wait a couple of days till the desired date becomes available on the app. 

Schedule a Ride From the Airport

What went wrong?

This one’s a little odd, but Uber only allows you to schedule trips TO the airport. For some reason there’s no option to schedule a ride FROM the airport. 

What should you do?

If you’re leaving the airport, your only choice is to request a ride on-demand right from the app. 

The Scheduled Rides Feature Isn’t Available in Your City 

What went wrong?

The feature that allows for ride scheduling is available in most major cities where the app functions. You can check if your city’s on the list using the official Uber website. 

If you’re having issues with the ride scheduling, the reason could be that the feature isn’t available in the pickup area that you chose. Uber will show you an information icon next to the option to schedule your ride if that’s the case. 

What should you do?

Double-check the pickup and dropoff address. If one of them isn’t correct or if you’re flexible on either, you can try changing to a nearby pickup area to see if the option to schedule an Uber becomes available. If both addresses are correct and you can’t schedule a ride, you can request an immediate ride at the time you need it. 

If it’s someone else that you’re trying to arrange an Uber for, you can order a flexible Uber ride. It’s a type of Uber that allows the rider to request the ride when they’re ready. 

Once you book a flexible ride for someone, they’ll receive a text allowing them to request a ride at the time of their choice within the next day. The flexible ride expires at 11:59 on the same day (in the rider’s local time zone). 

Where Is Uber Taking You Next Time?

Ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft are great for both daily use, and for special occasions like when you have to plan a trip and schedule your ride in advance. Whether you want to have a worry-free night out with friends, or don’t want to be late on your first day at a new job – scheduling an Uber in advance will help you focus on what matters and leave the rest to Uber. 

Have you used ride scheduling on Uber before? Have you ever had any issues with it? Share your experience with Uber in the comments section below. 

How to Add Music to Instagram Stories

Unlike most other social networks, Instagram isn’t heavy on text. It relies mostly on the photos and videos we post to get our messages across. These can be published as permanent photos or videos or as time-limited Instagram stories shared with friends and followers.

If you want to make your Instagram stories stand out a little more, however, you could customize them by adding music. Instagram has the rights agreements with many major music labels, allowing you to directly add snippets of popular music to your Instagram stories with no rights issues to fret over. 

Here’s how to start adding music to your Instagram stories and make them more entertaining. 

How to Add Music to Instagram Stories

Adding music to an Instagram story is a good way to create a more entertaining story for your followers. You can share the audio and also place visually impressive lyrics that scroll with your story so your followers can sing along. 

This is all possible thanks to the agreements made between Facebook (Instagram’s owner) and major record labels. You can find music to add to stories by name or category via the Instagram app itself on Android, iPhone, or iPad devices. 

This is only available for personal Instagram accounts. If you’re running a business account, the amount of licensed music available to you will be much more limited.

Creating a New Instagram Story

  1. To begin adding music to an Instagram story, open the Instagram app on your Android or Apple device and select the Your Story button on the top left. Or, select the Add icon on the top right, then choose the Story option from the carousel at the bottom.
  1. You’ll need to create or upload the content you wish to upload a story next. This could be a photo or video you’ve taken in the app itself or content you created elsewhere. Select Story in the carousel menu at the bottom, then select the Camera button to begin taking a photo (or select and hold it to take a video instead).
  1. If you wish to upload a video or photo to upload, select the Media icon in the bottom left, then select a suitable video or photo from your device’s camera roll.

Adding Music to an Instagram Story

  1. Once you’ve created or inserted content to share on your Instagram story, select the Stickers icon in the top right menu.
  1. In the Stickers search menu, select the Music option. If this isn’t immediately visible, use the search bar at the top to search for it.
  1. In the Music menu, you can search for appropriate music to add to your video. For instance, you could select one of the immediately suggested options in the For you tab or select Browse to look for music organized by category, music style, or mood. Alternatively, use the search bar at the top to search for a specific track or artist. Once you’ve found a song you wish to add to your story, select it to customize it further.

Customizing Instagram Story Music

  1. Music added to a video can last up to 15 seconds long. To change this period, select the audio length option in the bottom right. Choose a new duration (between 5 and 15 seconds in length) before selecting Done to confirm.
  1. To change the position of the snippet to a different point in the song, move the playback slider at the bottom of the menu to the left or right. Moving it left will move the audio snippet closer to the beginner of the song, while moving it right will move it closer to the end.
  1. Adding music to your story also involves adding auto-generated lyrics that appear, in sequence, as the music clip is played. To change how these lyrics are displayed, select an alternative style using the options provided at the bottom of the menu (directly above the playback slider).
  1.  If you want to remove lyrics entirely, select one of the artist labels at the end of the lyrics styles carousel instead.
  1. To change the color of the lyrics you insert (or the color of the inserted artist label), select the color switcher tool at the top of the menu. Selecting this will change the color—select it repeatedly to switch between different colors.
  1.  Once you’ve made the changes to your music, select Done in the top right.
  1.  This will add the lyrics carousel or artist label to your story for you to view and edit before you publish it. You can move it by selecting the lyrics carousel or artist label and moving it with your finger. If you want to change your settings, tap it to return to the Music menu.
  1.  Alternatively, drag the carousel or artist label towards the bottom of your screen and drop it onto the Remove icon. This will remove the music from your story.

Posting an Instagram Story with Music

  1.  Once you’ve added the music to your new story, you’ll need to publish it. Make additional changes to your story as required (such as adding text or other stickers), then select the Send to button in the bottom right.
  1.  If you want to only share your story with followers added to your selected close friends list, select the Share button next to the Close Friends option. To post the story for all of your followers or visitors to view, depending on your Instagram privacy settings, select the Share button next to the Your story option instead.

Viewing an Instagram Story with Music

  1.  View a published story (and hear the music you’ve added) by selecting the Your story icon in the main Instagram menu or by selecting your display picture in the profile menu.

How to Add External Music Sources to Instagram Stories

The method above shows how to add music to an Instagram story using Instagram’s own built-in music database. You can, however, add music to your Instagram stories using external sources, such as Spotify. You may want to do this if you want to add copyright-free music (or music you own the rights to) to your stories.

You’ll need the appropriate app (such as the Spotify app) installed on your device to do this, however.

  1. To add music to an Instagram story using Spotify, for instance, open the Spotify app and search for a song you wish to add. To add the song to your story, select the three-dots menu icon > Share in the playback menu.
  1. In the Share options, select the Instagram option.
  1. This will add the song and artist name, album cover, and other available media (such as song video) to your story. Select the Send to option to begin publishing your story, then choose Close Friends or Your story to make it available to friends or your wider list of followers.

Using Instagram Effectively

Once you know how to add music to Instagram stories, you can begin to create content for your followers that’s engaging and entertaining. If you want to repeat your success, you can repost your stories (as well as others) to share them even further, especially if you’re switching between multiple accounts.

While Instagram is focused on mobile users, there are desktop Instagram apps you can use to experiment with the platform on your PC or Mac. If you want to take your stories elsewhere, you might even think about downloading your content from Instagram, but if you’re having trouble, you can always delete your account instead.

Windows 10 & Windows 7 RAM Requirements – How Much Memory Do You Need?

Deciding on the specifications for your computer can be a challenge at the best of times, but RAM in particular is perhaps the trickiest. When it comes to RAM requirements in Windows 10 (or even Windows 7) there are a few things to keep in mind.

In this article, we’ll cover the minimum requirements, the max capacities for bother operating systems and give you our recommendations on how much RAM you should install based on your use-case.

Why Is RAM Important?

RAM is the working memory area of your computer. It’s much faster than a hard drive or even the latest SSDs. Before the CPU can access the data it needs to do its job, that data is loaded into RAM.

If you don’t have enough RAM, the computer is forced to write the overflow to your hard drive as a page file. This dramatically slows the entire system down. 

The Minimum RAM Requirements for Windows 10 and Windows 7

Both Windows 10 and Windows 7 have minimum RAM requirements, namely, 1GB for the 32-bit versions and 2GB for the 64-bit versions.

However, running even “basic” applications such as Office or a web browser with more than a handful of tabs open will slow the system down with these minimum amounts of RAM. 

Picking the Right RAM Amount for the Job

Consider the following when choosing how much RAM to put in a computer system: 

  • Look at the minimum and recommended requirements for the software you want to run on it
  • Consider how often resource intensive applications will be used 
  • Anticipate your system’s peak needs and not the average daily usage 
  • Do not worry about unused RAM going to waste because Windows 10 uses extra RAM to preload data that the CPU is likely to need next, speeding up the whole system.

Maximum RAM Capacity

How much RAM can you actually use in your computer? The two factors that determine the maximum amount of RAM that your computer can support are the number of RAM slots on your motherboard and the operating system that’s installed. 

For example, all 32-bit operating systems can use a maximum of at most 4GB of RAM, so installing more than 4GB of RAM in a system with a 32-bit operating system is pointless.

For 64-bit versions of Windows, the limits vary. Microsoft limits how much RAM various versions of Windows can use. For Windows 7, the maximum amount of RAM is as follows:

  • Windows 7 Home Basic – 8GB
  • Windows 7 Home Premium – 16GB
  • Windows 7 Professional – 192GB

Windows 10 is much more generous, letting Home 64-bit users address 128GB of RAM and Pro 64-bit users use an enormous 2TB of RAM!

RAM Speed and Channel Configuration

For a Windows 10 or Windows 7 machine, the speed of the RAM and its bandwidth are just as important as the amount of RAM installed. 

Modern motherboards use a trick where RAM modules are given their own dedicated memory channels. For example, if there are two RAM modules installed (in the right paired slots) they’ll run in “dual channel mode”, which significantly increases bandwidth. It is better to have two 8GB modules in dual channel mode rather than a single 16GB module running in single channel mode. 

This is a somewhat complicated topic, so you should read Does Faster RAM Matter? as well as Understanding Types Of RAM Memory if you’re interested.

Our Recommended RAM Amounts for Windows 10 and Windows 7

While plenty of factors are going to affect your individual needs, here are our general recommendations for Windows 10 and Windows 7 RAM requirements:

  • 4GB – We consider this the absolute minimum any modern computer running Windows 10 or Windows 7 should have. This is adequate for basic productivity in applications like Word and simple web browsing as long as you don’t open too many browser tabs simultaneously.
  • 8GB – This is the sweet spot for any general-purpose computer that isn’t being used for heavy duty applications such as video editing or video games. Office Suites and typical web browsing loads should work just fine and older video games that have 8GB as a recommended number are viable, assuming the rest of the system is up to it.
  • 16GB – This is a great option for users who perform advanced computing tasks such as mainstream video editing, playing the latest video games, or moderate multitasking with lots of browser windows and Office apps being used simultaneously. 
  • 32GB – This is the new gold standard for gamers and resource-intensive tasks. If you’re editing very complex video projects, music productions, CAD 3D models, any complex 3D modelling or performing large dataset processing, this is where the fun starts.
  • 64GB and up – Now we’re solidly in the upper echelons of computer use cases. Workstations with many CPU cores and even multi-socket motherboards need this class of RAM allocation. Gamers won’t find much benefit here though. This RAM size is largely driven by the size of the assets that the CPU needs to process. So if you need this much RAM, you probably already know it.

These are our general recommendations, but don’t be afraid to make your own informed decisions. After all, money you save on RAM can be spent elsewhere in the system. Depending on what the computer is meant to do, that could be a better way to spend the available budget.

How to Hide an Order or Purchase on Amazon

Many people use the huge online retailer Amazon in order to shop online. It’s a hassle-free way to buy the things you want or need. If you shop on Amazon, you might not know that the site actually keeps track of what you’ve bought in the past. So, if you share an account with others, it’s possible for them to see what you’ve purchased. 

If you find that you want to hide an order that you’ve made on Amazon, it’s not possible to delete anything completely but you are able to hide the purchase history so it’s not so easy to find. This can help keep your purchases private and give you some peace of mind that your history is safe.

How to Hide an Order on Amazon

Once you go on Amazon, make sure you are logged into your account first and the purchase you want to hide is associated with that account. Follow the steps below to hide your order.

  1. From the main screen, go to Account & Lists.
  1. Select Your Orders
  1. In the dropdown box, choose which time period you made the purchase you want to be hidden. 
  1. In the bottom left-hand corner of the order you want to hide, you’ll find an option that says Archive Order. Click on this and in the pop up window select Archive Order.

The order will now be hidden from your purchase history, however it can still be found under Archived Orders in Your Account. There are more ways, however, that you can further hide purchase history to keep anyone from finding your order. 

Use Amazon Household

If you have Amazon Prime, you can also use Amazon’s Household feature. This allows you to share Amazon Prime benefits with other members you add while still keeping accounts separate and private. You have the ability to add up to two adult accounts, four teen accounts, and four child accounts. 

Adult accounts can keep their Amazon information private, but teen and child accounts cannot keep theirs private from the adult accounts. You can also choose to share only select digital content through Amazon with the teen and child accounts. 

Amazon Household can give you some added privacy while still having shared Prime benefits throughout all family members. It also doesn’t cost any extra to set up a Household, so you don’t have to worry about price.

Hide Browsing History

Even if you archive your order, it will still be visible in your browsing history. This means if someone were to look at the browsing history of the account, the item will still show up there. Deleting this can help you to further hide any trace of your previous purchase. Here’s how to delete your browsing history. 

  1. Go to Account & Lists and under Your Account click on Browsing History
  1. Find the item you want to delete, and select Remove From View in the bottom right corner. 
  1. You can also click on Manage History at the top, and then select Remove all items from view

If you want to prevent your future browsing history being tracked, you can select to turn Browsing History on/off at the top of your browsing history page. This will stop Amazon from tracking searches you make and any items you click on. This can make hiding future orders much easier. 

Also make sure you delete your internet browser history as the items you look at and what you’ve ordered could still show up here. The method will change depending on the browser you’re using, but generally you can go to your history in the options of your browser and there should be an option to clear your history up to a certain date. Or you can find a specific page and delete only that. 

How to Hide an Order on the Amazon App

If you want to archive an order using your mobile phone, it will be a bit more difficult as you can’t archive orders on the Amazon app or on the mobile site. This means you’ll need to access the desktop site on your smartphone browser and go through the same steps for the desktop site as above. 

On iPhone using Safari, you can tap on the site settings icon in the top left corner and choose Request Desktop Website. If you’re using Android with Chrome, you can tap on the menu options and check the box next to Desktop Site

This should give you access to the full Amazon site where you can archive order history as though you’re on a computer. So if you don’t have access to a desktop, you still have an option for hiding your Amazon order. 

Although you can’t hide orders through the app, you still can manage your browsing history through it. Just go to Your Account page, which looks like a head, tap on Your Account, then scroll all the way down to find Browsing History

In the top-right corner, tap on Manage. Then you can select Remove all items from view to hide your history. You can turn your history on or off here as well. 

Hiding Your Amazon Orders

Whether you want to hide your gift purchases within a shared family account or just want an extra layer of privacy, hiding your order on Amazon is pretty simple. Although there isn’t a way to necessarily delete your order completely, you can still do a good job of hiding it and making it hard to find. 

If you follow all the tips here, your order history should be extremely safe. If you also turn off browsing history tracking, use Amazon Household, and archive your orders quickly, you should be able to keep your purchase history much safer in the future as well.