Use tabs with apps on your Mac

In macOS Sierra, apps can merge multiple windows into a row of tabs.

If you've used tabs in Safari or tabs in the Finder, you'll recognize how they work in other apps. All you need is macOS Sierra and an app that supports tabs. 

Merge your windows into tabs

To combine an app's open windows into single window with tabs, choose Window > Merge All Windows. 

To add a blank (or default) tab to an existing row of tabs, click  on the right side of the tab bar. Not all apps offer this feature.

Move tabs or switch between them

Move a tab to a new window:

  • Drag the tab out of the tab bar.
  • Or select the tab, then choose Window > Move Tab to New Window.
  • Or Control-click the tab to open a shortcut menu, then choose Move Tab to New Window.

Move a tab from one window to another: Drag the tab to the tab bar of the other window.

Change the order of tabs: Drag the tab before or after another tab.

Switch to another tab: Either click the tab you want to view, or choose Show Previous Tab or Show Next Tab from the View menu.

Close or reopen tabs

Close one or more tabs: 

  • Move your pointer over a tab and click .
  • Or Control-click a tab to open a shortcut menu, then choose either Close Tab or Close Other Tabs.
  • Or close the window that contains the tabs. All of the tabs close along with the window.

Open a tab you just closed (not all apps offer this feature):

  • Choose Edit > Undo Close Tab.
  • Or Control-click  on the right side of the tab bar, then choose from the list of recently opened windows.

Change tab settings

Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Dock. Use the ”Prefer tabs when opening documents” pop-up menu to choose from these options:

  • Always: When you open another window in your app, it automatically opens as a tab in your current window.
  • In Full Screen Only: When you open another window in your app, it opens as a tab only if you're using the app in full screen. Otherwise, it opens as a new window.
  • Manually: Manually choose when to use tabs, whether or not you're using the app in full screen.

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