The right way to Use Safari Tab Teams on Your Mac

The macOS Monterey update gave Safari a major redesign that users have wanted for years. Not only does it have a refreshed look, but it also brings a ton of functional improvements that could potentially change the way you browse the web and manage your tabs.

Most of us switch between multiple tabs during an average browsing session, and they're far from easy to organize. However, with Safari's new tab groups feature, you can bundle relevant tabs and switch between them when needed. Here we look at how you can use Safari tab groups to improve your workflow on a Mac.

What are Safari Tab Groups?

As the name suggests, tab groups are nothing more than groups of tabs. In Safari, you can think of each tab group as a folder that holds multiple browser tabs. So what exactly are you doing with them you ask?

Well, you can sort your browser tabs into multiple tab groups. Let's say one for work, one for personal use, and so on. You can give tab groups custom names to make it easy to see what you're using them for. Thanks to this feature, you no longer have to worry about cluttering your tab bar with tabs that you use for various reasons.

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Tab groups aren't exactly a feature that was previously unknown. In fact, most browsers already have it, and Safari will be one of the last web browsers to get it. One important thing to keep in mind about tab groups is that they sync across all of your Apple devices via iCloud, which means you can switch from your Mac to your iPhone without losing your browsing session.

How to use Safari tab groups on a Mac

Conveniently, macOS gives you more than one way to create a new tab group in Safari. As long as your Mac is running macOS Monterey or later, you can follow these simple instructions to learn how to use tab groups:

  1. begin safari on your Mac.

  2. click on the Down arrow next to the button in the sidebar to display the Tab Groups drop-down menu.

  3. Next, click New empty tab group. Alternatively, you can create a new tab group by clicking File> New Empty Tab Group from the menu bar.

  4. You have successfully created a new one Untitled Tab Group, but now you need to name this particular group so that it better suits your activity. Once the Safari sidebar opens, just enter any name you want.

  5. Next, let's see how you can manage your tab groups. click on the Squares Icon next to the tab group name to display the Overview tab. This will display all of the tabs open under the group.

  6. If you want to switch between multiple groups of tabs, just click the Down arrow or the name of the current tab group to display the dropdown.

  7. Now select the tab group you want to open and Safari will automatically open the appropriate tabs.

  8. If you want to delete a tab group, click the Sidebar button then Ctrl + click the tab group to bring up the context menu.

  9. You will find several options here, including a list of all the web pages open in the tab group. Just click Extinguish, and you're ready to go.

More importantly, if you ever want to move a single tab to a different tab group, all you have to do is open the sidebar and then drag and drop the tab into another group.

That's all you need to learn about using Safari tab groups. The next time your browser session loads with tabs, you'll know exactly what to do to get it organized.

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Tab groups help you keep Safari organized

As you can see, the new Safari has the potential to change the way you browse the web and manage your tabs. Of course, it will take some time to get used to all of the new changes in Safari, and tab groups are just one of them.

Don't forget that with the software updates for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple also introduced tab groups in the mobile version of Safari. So make sure to update your iPhone and iPad to keep your tab groups in sync.

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Hamlin Rozario
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Hamlin is a full-time freelancer who has been in the field for over four years. Since 2017 his work has appeared on OSXDaily, Beebom, FoneHow and others. In his spare time, he either trains in the gym or takes big strides in the crypto room.

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