Opened tabs in workspaces are gone
luber44 last edited by
I have 10 sidebar categories and 10 to 20 tabs in each. Opera works really well so I persist with it about 2 3 times in the past year [which is why I'm evaluating still] on boot up all the categories remain in the sidebar but with only 1 new tab in each. I haven't been able to pin it down but I suspect this happens after an auto-update.. I claw my way back largely from memory and checking through <History>. Is this an undocumented feature?
burnout426 last edited by
This shouldn't happen as long as Opera is always properly closed by you (as opposed to leaving it open when shutting down or restarting Windows or a power outage or crash of Opera or crash of Windows). This also shouldn't happen during an update as long as nothing (anti-virus/security software etc.) interferes with the update. Another possible cause could be a failing hard drive and or filesystem corruption.
However, for a select few users, after updating, Opera doesn't like the session files in the "sessions" folder in your profile folder and will ignore them and create new ones (or add to the latest existing ones but ignore older entries), which will cause loss of opened tabs and recently-closed tabs. A lot of times in this case, even restoring from a backup sessions folder won't help as Opera will ignore those too. Don't know why that happens, but it seems to happen when Opera updates to a new major version (as if the supported file format and version changed or something). Also, it seems to hit Windows 7 users more than other Windows versions. With that said, you might be running into something like that, but don't know for sure.
What I would do is:
For each workspace, right-click on a tab, goto "save", and choose "all tabs as a speed dial folder". Then, rename that folder on your start page to the name of the workspace.
Then, goto the URL
opera://aboutand take note of the "profile" path. Then, close Opera.
In the profile folder, delete everything in the "sessions" folder. This will cause you to lose all opened tabs and all recently-closed tabs. In other words, you'll basically be triggering the problem yourself. But, when you start Opera, Opera will create new session files which should rule out any corruption and hopefully fix things for the future.
When Opera starts, to restore your opened tabs, in each workspace, right-click on its corresponding speed dial folder on the start page and choose "open all in tabs" (or use "open all in workspace" from any workspace and choose the workspace to open them in). Then, if you want, you can delete all those speed dial folders or use the
opera://bookmarkspage and move them to a bookmarks folder for safe keeping (as an old backup for example).
Also, just for good measure, and with the understanding that it might not always help, regularly keep a backup of the "sessions" folder (always make the backup while Opera is closed) so you can try to restore from the backup if it happens again.