When tabbed browsers first appeared, I was dubious. I liked my various windows that I could arrange! Over time, browers improved tab management and tools, and I adapted. I often have multiple windows open, each with a particular task or project, with many tabs in each.
But what do you do when you have a bunch of tabs in one window and want to move them to another window? Safari lets you drag tabs one at a time: hold down on the tab and drag and a tiny window appears that you drag into another open window (either onto a tab or into the tab bar). Or you can release it and it becomes a freestanding window of its own.
If you want to move multiple tabs, you’re stuck. Chrome offers this feature--hold down the Shift key and select tabs--but Safari does not. There’s a workaround that involves bookmarks and a little fuss, but if you’re moving more than three or four tabs, it’s worth the effort.
- Bring the window in Safari to the front that contains tabs you want to move.
- Select Bookmarks > Add Tabs for These X Bookmarks.
- In the dialog that appears, name the folder that will contain these bookmarks and click Add.
- Open a new window by selecting File > New Window.
- Choose Bookmarks > Show Bookmarks.
- In the folder with full of books for those tabs, remove the bookmarks for items you don’t want to appear in the new window.
- Right-click on the bookmarks folder and select Open in New Tabs.
- Return to the window you started with and click the x close button on each tab you don’t want.
(You can also in step 6 split the bookmarks into two folders, open each folder in a separate window via step 7, and then close your original window.)
This seems like a kludge, and it is. But clicking the close box a number of times is substantially faster than what feels like using a tweezer to pick up tabs and move them individually.
(Thanks to Macworld reader Richard for an improvement on the original steps!)
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