The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Merging all windows in Safari!

This should work in both Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard (Tiger requires Safari 3.0). One thing that tends to happen when browsing the web for a while in Safari is that even though I can open new tabs, I always end up with new windows. It is possible to merge all windows into a single window with many tabs. To do that, you can simply use the feature Merge All Windows that is located in the Window menu. The problem with this feature is that it has no keyboard shortcut assigned. It is however possible to assign a specific keyboard shortcut using System Preferences:

1. Open System Preferences and Keyboard & Mouse.
2. Click on the "Keyboard Shortcuts" tab.
3. Click on the "+" to add one.
4. Select "Safari" for the "Application".
5. Enter "Merge All Windows" as the Menu Title.
6. Choose the keyboard shortcut you want.


Blogger Unknown said...

Cool - thank you!

December 28, 2007 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That's fabulous!!
thanks very much!

December 29, 2007 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Oliver said...

In case you didn't, you can drag tabs into other windows to merge that tab into the window. I don't remember exactly how to do it, but just play around with dragging the tabs.


December 29, 2007 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I've been using this feature (along with the keyboard shortcut) for a little while now, and it is helpful. I still wish Safari would implement the Firefox feature to just open new links in tabs.

December 30, 2007 at 1:51 AM  
Blogger jassinc said...

Good Feature! Will come in handy. As Matt said, it would be good for a preference to have all windows open in a new tab automatically. I always hold down command to force links into a tab rather than a new window.

December 30, 2007 at 4:35 AM  
Blogger Rohit said...


If you right click on a link, you have the option of opening the link in a new tab. I do not know of an automatic way of doing the same.

January 1, 2008 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Thanks for this - I've been looking for a way to do this via the keyboard in Safari; I didn't know I could add universal keyboard shortcuts via System Preferences. Awesome.

March 31, 2008 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Chatin said...

Awesome! I was searching for a way to do this and almost went as far as to download a plugin (but I couldn't get it to work) and this tip is just what I wanted. thank you!

April 26, 2008 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger jgaylor said...

This is great. Had no idea it was this easy to make shortcuts via sys prefs. You rule. Thanks!

May 13, 2008 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger Elms said...

Excellent! Thank you.

May 24, 2008 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger burky79 said...

Who would have thought it was so easy?!

Thanks a ton!

July 23, 2008 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Jesuz said...

This is awesom !!
I've been looking for this for long time.

November 10, 2008 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger QuickWeaver said...

Wonderful Post which is very helpful.

Is there something similar for us windows safari users?

March 11, 2009 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger julio said...

Thanks this info is great!

March 22, 2009 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Now if only they would implement ctrl-tab switching between tabs like Firefox, I would be a happy camper...!

May 29, 2009 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger said...

Wow thanks, this has been bugging me for a year now! I even asked a Mac guy at the Apple store once how to remedy this problem and he had no clue. Thanks again!

April 13, 2010 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger enature said...

Thank you for such a clear explanation! Now all Windows in Safari snap in an instant. I like the suggested keyboard shortcut Shift+Option+M.

btw, this page comes up as a top result in google search for: Merge All Windows Safari

June 15, 2010 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger hseungun said...

Very useful thank you.

December 2, 2011 at 2:11 AM  
Blogger hseungun said...

I like this thank you

December 2, 2011 at 2:11 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Safari is Apple's stylish, easy-to-use Web browser for its Mac OS. safari for windows lets PC users try Safari for themselves. Safari is a great browser.

November 10, 2014 at 12:52 AM  

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