Pheil: Web trick to reopen last closed tab (column) |

Pheil: Web trick to reopen last closed tab (column)

Perhaps you closed it absent-mindedly. Perhaps you closed it because you thought you were done even though the moment after it closed you realized you weren’t. Perhaps you initially thought you’d closed a different page only to realize you closed exactly what you needed.

Whatever the reason, it’s likely during your days of browsing the Web you’ve accidentally closed a tab you didn’t mean to or shouldn’t have closed.

Not a big deal, as you know. You can always open a new tab and re-type the address of the site you were on (if you remember it) and then browse back to the specific page you were viewing within the site. Or you can open up your browser’s History bar and click the link to the page you were just on.

Or, you can simply hit Ctrl + Shift + T.

Poof — and just like that, you have an instant re-opening of your last-closed tab. A convenient shortcut indeed, no? Give it a shot. It’s a handy shortcut to keep in your back pocket.

(Note: You’ll want to use CMD + Shift + T if you’re using Chrome on a Mac, or CMD + Z if you’re using Safari)

Does your company’s website have effective CTAs?

A nearly-always mandatory component of an effective business website is what’s known as a CTA.

CTAs are “Calls To Action.” They’re what tell your website’s visitors what they should do next in your website. If you’ve ever read through a company’s Services page and seen a big green button at the bottom that said “Schedule a Consultation Now,” or perhaps come across large highlighted text on a contact page that read “Book Your Appointment Below,” then you’ve seen a CTA in action.

CTAs keep your website’s visitors flowing from page to page through your website (“Learn more about our team here!”) and encourage them to take the specific actions you want them to take — whether that action is to book, schedule, read, download, submit, buy, test or compare.

To be truly effective, your website’s CTAs must be clear and short. Further, your most important CTAs should “pop” and stand out from the rest of your pages’ content, photos and design.

In a recent blog post I compiled three visual examples showing what effective CTAs look like. A quick scan of the examples will help you quickly understand how you can make your own website’s existing CTAs “pop” with a few tweaks.

Take a look at the short blog post here:

Alternatively, if this is your first introduction to CTAs or if you’ve never integrated them into your company’s website before, I encourage you to first visit this article: It will give you a solid foundation and understanding of why and how to use CTas.

Then, you can go back to the other link for three great visual implementation examples.

Erin Pheil is the owner of TimeForCake Creative Media. Visit her company’s website at or email Erin at

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