Group tabs in Safari on Mac

You can organize tabs into groups to easily and quickly switch between groups of related websites.

Tab groups in two Safari windows.  A window shows the tab groups in a list below the down arrow next to the sidebar button in the toolbar.  The other window shows the same tab groups in the sidebar.

Create a tab group from the tabs in the current window

  1. In the Safari app  on your Mac, click the down arrow  next to the sidebar button in the toolbar.If the sidebar is open, click the “Add Tab Group” button  in the toolbar.
  2. Choose “New tab group with [ number ] tabs”.
  3. Enter a name for the tab group, then press Return.

Create a tab group by selecting tabs

  1. In the Safari app  on your Mac, click the down arrow  next to the sidebar button in the toolbar.If the sidebar is open, click the “Add Tab Group” button  in the toolbar.
  2. Choose “New Empty Tab Group”.
  3. Enter a name for the tab group, then press Return.
  4. Control-click a tab in the tab bar, choose “Move to Tab Group,” then choose the tab group.You can also drag tabs from the tab bar to a tab group.

Open a group of tabs

  1. In the Safari app  on your Mac, click the down arrow  next to the sidebar button in the toolbar.
  2. Choose a tab group.If the sidebar is open, click a group of tabs in the sidebar.

To preview a tab group’s website thumbnails, click the tab group in the sidebar, then click the “Tab preview” button  .

Modify a tab group

In the Safari app  on your Mac, do any of the following:

  • To remove a tab from a tab group: Open the tab group, move the pointer over the tab in the tab bar, then click the Close button  on the left side of the tab.
  • To arrange tabs in a tab group: In the tab bar, drag a tab before or after another tab.
  • To arrange tab groups: In the sidebar, drag a tab group before or after another tab group.
  • To delete a tab group: In the sidebar, Control-click a tab group, then choose Delete.
  • Rename a tab group: In the sidebar, Control-click a tab group, choose Rename, type a name, then press Return.
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Keep tab groups up to date on their devices

  1. Sign in on your other devices with the same Apple ID as on your Mac.
  2. Make sure Safari is enabled in iCloud preferences .
  3. Enable two-factor authentication on all your Apple devices.See the Apple Support article Two-Factor Authentication for App ID .

Tip: To quickly email the links in a tab group to others, drag the tab group from the Safari sidebar to an email.See as well

Use tabs for webpages in Safari on Mac

When browsing the web or researching a topic, avoid cluttering your computer with multiple windows. Instead, view multiple web pages in a single Safari window using tabs.

Preview a tab

  • In the Safari app on your Mac, hover the pointer over a tab.

Open a new tab

  • In the Safari app  on your Mac, click the “New Tab” button  in the toolbar (or use the Touch Bar ).To change which page opens with new tabs, choose Safari > Preferences, click General, then click the “New tabs open” pop-up menu and choose an option. See Change General preferences .

Open a page or PDF in a new tab

In the Safari app  on your Mac, do any of the following:

  • Command-click a link on a page or a Favorites icon.
  • Click the Previous  or Next  button while holding down the Command key to open the previous or next page in a new tab.
  • Enter text in the Smart Search field , then Command-click an item in the search suggestions or press Command-Return.

Tip: To use Command-key shortcuts to open pages in new windows rather than new tabs, choose Safari > Preferences, click Tabs, then deselect “⌘+click opens link in new tab “. See Change Tabs preferences .

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Open a page in a new tab from the bookmarks sidebar

In the Safari app  on your Mac, do any of the following:

  • Control-click a bookmark, then choose “Open in New Tab” from the pop-up menu.
  • Control-click a bookmark folder, then choose “Open in New Tabs.”Each bookmark in the folder opens in a new tab.

To open the bookmarks sidebar, click the sidebar button  in the toolbar, then click Bookmarks.

Open a tab in another window

  • In the Safari app  on your Mac, drag the tab to the desktop or choose Window > Place Tab in New Window.You can also drag a tab from one Safari window to the tab bar of another.

Note: Tabs from incognito windows can only be moved to other incognito windows. Tabs from normal browsing windows can only be moved to other normal browsing windows.

Automatically open pages in tabs

  1. In the Safari app  on your Mac, choose Safari > Preferences, then click Tabs.
  2. Click the “Open pages in tabs instead of windows” pop-up menu, then choose an option:
    • Never: Links designed to open in new windows open in new windows.
    • Automatically: Links designed to open in new windows open in new tabs.
    • Always: All links designed to open in new windows open in new tabs, including links designed to open in specially formatted windows.

Reopen a recently closed tab

  • In the Safari app  on your Mac, choose History > Recently Closed, then select the webpage you want to reopen.You can also reopen a closed tab or window.

Organize tabs in Safari on Mac

You can rearrange the tabs for convenience and pin frequently visited websites for easy access.

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The Safari window with tabs.

In the Safari app  on your Mac, do any of the following:

  • To rearrange tabs: Drag a tab to a new position.
  • To scroll through tabs: If the tab bar contains more tabs than are visible, swipe sideways on the tab bar to scroll through your tabs.You can also press the key combinations Command+1 through Command+9 to select one of your first nine tabs. To allow this action, choose Safari > Preferences, click Tabs, then enable the corresponding option. See Change Tabs preferences .
  • To view the tab preview: To view thumbnails of all your open tabs, click the “Tab preview” button  or squeeze two fingers together on a trackpad. To display one of the pages in real size, click on the corresponding thumbnail. To close a tab, click the Close button  in the upper left corner of the thumbnail.
  • To turn all Safari windows into tabs in a single window: Choose Window > Merge All Windows.

Close tabs in Safari on Mac

When browsing the web or researching a topic, you can avoid cluttering your window with multiple tabs.

In the Safari app  on your Mac, do any of the following:

  • To close a tab: Position the pointer over the tab in the tab bar, then click the Close button  on the left side of the tab.
  • To close all other tabs: Control-click the tab you want to keep open, then choose “Close Other Tabs.”
  • Close all tabs on the right: Control-click a tab, then choose “Close Tabs on the Right.”

If you click on a link that opens a new tab, you can close the tab by clicking the Back button .

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