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Safari keeps opening new tabs

Lately when I’ve been using safari on my iPad, when I click on a link to a webpage, it will open that page in a new tab. I find this very annoying but can’t figure out how to stop it. Can anyone help me? Thanks.

iPad Air 2, iOS 12

Posted on Apr 5, 2019 2:17 AM

i_rina

Posted on Apr 6, 2019 1:28 PM

Hi Wakko101,

Welcome to Apple Support Communities! It sounds like you'd like to view links in webpages in Safari without opening a new tab each time.

If you'd like to stay on the current tab whenever you open a link, go to Settings > Safari > Open Links, then tap "In Background." I hope that helps.

For more information, take a look here: Use tabs in Safari on iPad

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Apr 6, 2019 1:28 PM in response to Wakko101

chris_g1

Apr 10, 2019 1:57 PM in response to Wakko101

Hey there, Wakko101,

Thank you for getting back to us. A couple of things to check out:

-Which iOS version is listed under Settings > General > About? If you have an update available, be sure to back up; then complete the update: Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch .

-Under Settings > Safari, under the section titled "General," do you then see the option for "Open New Tabs in Background?" If that option is enabled, go ahead and turn it off. Then restart your iPad and test the issue.

Let us know if those steps help!

Apr 9, 2019 4:37 AM in response to i_rina

Thank you for your reply but I’m afraid it does not help. There is no option of “Open links” in the Settings > Safari menu. Please advise.

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How to force Safari to always open new sites in tabs

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Sometimes Safari makes me want to pull out my hair. Normally, it's a fine web browser . But every once in a while, it misbehaves like a child who just downed a four-foot-long tube of Pixie Stix. 

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See if this behavior strikes a chord with you.

You already have Safari open, and you've gone to Apple Mail to see if anyone's reached out to you with something important to say.

You get an email with a link you absolutely must visit. You click on said link, and, instead of the link opening a new tab in the currently open Safari window, it opens in a brand new window. 

Keep doing this, and you'll find yourself with more Safari windows than you care to manage. 

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This behavior has caused me no end of headaches. It's made worse when you realize that the different Safari browsers all have the same tabs open, save for (maybe) the one tab you opened that caused the new window to appear. 

Although this isn't a deal-breaking behavior, it's certainly frustrating. And remember, every time a new Safari window opens that contains the same tabs you already had open, it consumes considerably more system resources. This could land you in a situation where Safari consumes 100% of the system resources and renders your desktop slow to the point of being unusable.

You don't want that.

So, how do you avoid such a situation? Fortunately, there's a built-in option that will help circumvent this problem. Let me show you how it's done.

How to force Safari to always open new sites in tabs 

Requirements.

The only thing you'll need is a running instance of Safari. I'll demonstrate with version 16.1 running on MacOS Ventura. So long as your version of Safari is updated, it should work just fine.

1. Open Safari

The first thing to do is open the Safari web browser, which can be done via the Launchpad app on your dock.

2. Open Settings

Click on the Safari menu in the MacOS top bar and click Settings.

Accessing the Safari Settings app from the MacOS top bar.

3. Configure Open Pages In Tabs

Click the Tabs section in Settings and locate the Open pages in tabs instead of windows drop-down. 

Also: Apple finally gives Safari Tab Groups the one feature it sorely lacked  

From that drop-down, select Always. 

The Tabs section is where you need to look.

4. Ok the selection

A new popup will appear. Click Always Create Tabs to ok the selection. Once you've taken care of this, you'll find yourself back in the Settings app. Close Settings and you're back in the Safari window.

The setting will not be enabled until you ok it.

Test the new behavior

You should now be able to click a link from any app, and it will always open a new tab in the existing Safari window instead of opening a new window. This will save you from having to copy the link, close the new window, open a new tab in the existing Safari window, and paste the link in a new tab.

Also:   How to get more space in Safari with Compact Layout

This may seem like an insignificant problem, but the more it happens, you'll eventually realize how much of a hassle and time waster it is. In the name of working smarter, your daily workflow will thank you for taking the time to set up this configuration.

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How to open Safari links in new tabs on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Everyone browses the web differently. And whether you’re working, researching, or just bumming around the internet, you want control over the links you open.

In Safari , you have various ways to open links on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. One of the easiest ways to open a link is in a new tab. This lets you keep your current page open but still have a look at the link you click or tap.

Here, we’ll show you a few ways to open a link in a new tab in Safari. From opening it in the background or moving right to it, to shortcuts and settings, you decide how to open your links .

Safari Open Link in New Tab on iPhone

How to open new tabs in Safari

On iphone and ipad.

At times, when you tap a link from a webpage in Safari on iOS, it’ll open in a new tab. But many websites don’t want you to navigate away. So if you visit a site and tap to read an article, for example, it’ll open in the same tab. Here’s how to change this.

Instead of tapping a link on a webpage, press and hold the link . This will display the shortcut menu. From there, tap Open in New Tab .

Safari Open in New Tab on iPhone

When you do this, the link opens in a new tab and you switch to that new tab automatically . But you can change this too. You can still open the link in a new tab but do so in the background.

1) Open iPhone Settings and select Safari .

2) Under Tabs, pick Open Links .

3) Choose In Background .

Safari Open New Tab in Background on iPhone

Now, when you press and hold a link to display the shortcut menu, tap Open in Background . This will open the link in a new tab but won’t switch you over to it immediately . This way, you can continue viewing the site you’re on and pop over to that tab when you’re ready.

Safari Open in Background on iPhone

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You have different options in Safari on Mac than you do on iOS. You can control links by opening them in new tabs instead of new windows automatically and use a shortcut to immediately open links in new tabs.

Open Safari and click Safari > Preferences from the menu bar. Select Tabs at the top. Then configure these options.

Open pages in tabs instead of windows : Select either Automatically or Always from the drop-down. The difference between these is that Automatically will open the link in a new tab unless that link is designed for a specific format. Always will open it in a new tab regardless.

Command-click opens a link in a new tab : If you check this box, you can hold your Command key, click the link, and the page will open in a new tab.

When a new tab or window opens make it active : Check this box only if you want to immediately switch to the new tab when it opens. If you prefer to leave it open in the background, don’t check the box.

Safari New Tab Preferences on Mac

Along with the above adjustments, you can always open a link in a new tab with a right-click. Right-click the link and select Open Link in New Tab .

Safari Open Link in New Tab on Mac

This is how you can take control of the links you open in Safari. Open them in new tabs, switch right to them or open them in the background and use shortcuts. It’s all in your hands!

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How to change tab behavior on iPad

Ipados 15 Compact Tab Bar Safari

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There are some pretty significant changes to Safari in iPadOS 15, and you can further customize your experience with a few hidden-away settings relating to the Tab Bar. Here's how you can change iPadOS 15 tab behavior.

How to switch to a Compact Tab Bar in Safari for iPadOS 15

You have a couple of options when it comes to your Tab Bar's appearance in iPadOS 15 : Separate or Compact.

Separate takes up more space but offers a more familiar-looking appearance with the address bar displayed above your open tabs.

Compact takes up less space by having your currently viewed tab act as an address bar, meaning you can get more content on screen. Compact also matches the Tab Bar's color to the site you are viewing, effectively extending the page to the edge of your iPad's screen.

  • Open your Settings app.
  • In the sidebar, scroll down and tap Safari .

How to switch to a Compact Tab Bar: Open Settings, Tap Safari in the sidebar

  • Scroll down and tap Compact Tab Bar .

How to switch to a Compact Tab Bar: Select Compact Tab Bar

If you already have Compact Tab Bar selected and didn't like it, you can tap Separate Tab Bar to return to the old way of doing things.

How to set new tabs to open in the background in Safari for iPadOS 15

This feature was already present in earlier versions of iPadOS, but it's another way to fine-tune your Safari experience to your liking in iPadOS 15.

How to set new tabs to open in the background in Safari: Open Settings, Tap Safari in the sidebar

  • Scroll down and toggle Open New Tabs in Background to On .

How to set new tabs to open in the background in Safari: Toggle Open New Tabs in Background to On

Want every new tab that you open to be front-and-center? Then, set this toggle to the off position.

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How to have Safari close tabs automatically in iPadOS 15

If you find your iPad soon becomes an unmanageable mess of open tabs, you can have Safari take the hassle out of cleaning that up for you with tabs that close automatically after going unviewed for a set period of time.

How to have Safari close tabs automatically: Open Settings, Tap Safari in the sidebar

  • Tap on Close Tabs .
  • Select your preferred timeframe .

How to have Safari close tabs automatically: Tap Close Tabs, Select your prefered timeframe form the list

If you don't want your tabs to close automatically, you can change this setting to Manually to take total control.

All the tabs

If you want the very best iPad experience, the above power-user features are well worth knowing about. Though hidden away in the Settings app, these little tweaks can help you customize your Safari experience to suit your needs and preferences.

Updated April 2022: Updated for iPadOS 15.

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All iPads   Quick way to open in new tab at Safari iPad OS 13?

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Hi I’m loving the new iPad OS but do not like too much the open in new tab pop up at safari. Is there any quick gesture/trick? To avoid waiting for that pop up dialog. Thanks  

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ferjilo said: Hi I’m loving the new iPad OS but do not like too much the open in new tab pop up at safari. Is there any quick gesture/trick? To avoid waiting for that pop up dialog. Thanks Click to expand...

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Feenician said: Tap with two fingers. Though I t's a little awkward imo. Click to expand...
Crzylgs15 said: How exactly do you accomplish this? Click to expand...

I even thought it was removed! I’ve managed to make it... after 5 attempts. Can you really master that technique?  

Feenician said: Very carefully ? Just tap a link as normal, but with a second finger alongside. I find it awkward and unreliable but YMMV Click to expand...
Crzylgs15 said: Is it supposed to open that link in a new tab with the new drop down list sort of thing? I haven’t gotten that feature down apparently because nothing is happening. Click to expand...

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ferjilo said: I’ve managed to make it... after 5 attempts. Click to expand...
Feenician said: It opens the tab directly without a menu, either in the background or foreground according to the "Open Links" preference for Safari. You can practice it with the Macrumors logo at the top of the page. Click to expand...
Crzylgs15 said: Man, I am doing sometime wrong apparently because nothing is happening for me. Click to expand...
Feenician said: Not necessarily. It's difficult to trigger to the point where I'd rather use the menu because I fail so often with it. One thing it often fails for is that theres multiple small links side by side (say, in a menu bar). Inevitably this means each finger is touching a different link when you tap so the gesture is ambiguous and ends up doing nothing. Click to expand...
Crzylgs15 said: It really doesn’t seem worth it. I can just go to the menu quicker. Click to expand...

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  • Apr 5, 2020
Feenician said: Agree Click to expand...

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mikehoopes said: The menu in iPadOS doesn’t have Open In New Tab as an option. They’re so proud of the split window feature (of questionable value in a 9.7” or smaller device) that they essentially deprecated the new tab feature. Go ahead, open that Wikipedia reference with two fingers. I’m waiting. [edit] It‘s now called Open In Background. I thought that meant another browser instance, but it’s just another adjacent tab that opens. Click to expand...

How-To Geek

How to try the new safari tab bar on ipad.

Go ahead, live life on the edge!

In iPadOS 15 , Apple left the new Safari tab bar design turned off by default, but it's already installed when you upgrade to iPadOS 15 or later. If you'd like to experiment with the new "compact" tab bar design, it's easy to enable in Settings. Here's how.

First, open Settings by tapping the grey gear icon.

In Settings, tap "Safari" in the sidebar.

In Safari settings, navigate to the "Tabs" section, then select "Compact Tab Bar" until it has a check mark below it.

Next, launch Safari and open several websites at once. Previously, with "Separate Tab Bar" selected, you'd see a dedicated tab bar just below the address toolbar. Now, with "Compact Tab Bar" selected, the toolbar at the top of the screen takes up less space. That's because the tab bar has merged into the address bar.

To see or edit the current URL address while in "Compact Tab Bar Mode," tap the current tab button, and it will expand into an address bar. To open a new search box to type in a search term or a new web address, tap the plus ("+") button in the right side of the tab bar.

If you change your mind and want to go back to the old tab bar style, just open Settings again and navigate to Safari, then select "Separate Tab Bar" in the Tabs section. You can make a similar change on the iPhone if you're not happy with the new Safari design in iOS 15. Happy browsing!

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How to organize Safari tabs using tab groups in iPadOS 17

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Tabs in Safari in iOS and iPadOS allow you to open multiple web pages at once - with each page in a separate tab. This makes reading quicker.

A few years ago, Apple added Tab Groups to Safari in iOS and iPadOS, which allows you to group tabs by category into groups with names you define. Each tab group has a name you give it, and you can add multiple web pages in tabs to each group.

Tab groups in iPadOS provide convenience by keeping multiple open tabs organized and under control.

In iPadOS 17, Apple lets you use tab groups in multiple ways. You can:

  • Create new tab groups
  • Add new web pages or favorites to existing groups
  • Switch between tab groups in the sidebar
  • View tab groups in the Start Page pane
  • Search tabs

Apple calls groups in the Favorites sidebar "Tab Group Favorites".

Getting started with tabs in Safari on iPadOS

To use tab groups in Safari for iPadOS, you'll first want to open one or more web page tabs in Safari.

You can do this by tapping the + button at the top right corner of Safari, by opening an existing bookmark from the Safari Favorites page, or by opening an existing Start Page or Home Screen shortcut you've saved which points to a web page.

Or you can click the + button and then type or paste in a web URL at the top of the Safari window.

Once you have multiple web page tabs open in Safari, you're ready to create tab groups or add pages to existing tab groups.

Creating tab groups in Safari

To create a new tab group in Safari on iPadOS, first tap the sidebar icon in the upper-left corner, then tap the button to the right with the + in it:

Tap the sidebar icon (left), then tap the

This presents a menu containing a single item; New Empty Tab Group . After you tap it, note the "Done" button on the right.

Tap

Next, you'll be prompted to enter a name for the new tab group, so add a name and then tap Save . This adds a new tab group with the new name in the sidebar on the left:

Give the new tab group a name.

At this point, you now have a new tab group which automatically contains all the tabs you had open when you created the new tab group. You can repeat this process as many times as you like - creating multiple tab groups, each containing a different set of open tabs.

To switch between tab groups, simply tap one of the named tab groups from the list in the sidebar on the left. This switches between sets of open web page tabs all at once.

You can hide and show the sidebar at will by tapping the icon in the upper left corner of Safari repeatedly.

Tab group favorites in the Start Page

After creating tab groups, if you now go to any Start Page in Safari by tapping the + button in Safari's upper right corner, then tap any tab group in the sidebar, you'll now see a tab group favorites section with the same name at the top of the Start Page above all individual favorites.

If you tap other tab groups in the sidebar, the Start Page's tab group favorites section changes to the name of the tab group and displays a large + button in it.

If you tap the large + button, you'll be presented with a Bookmarks menu containing several items, one of which is Tab Group Favorites :

Bookmarks with Tab Group Favorites.

If you tap this menu item, a submenu will be displayed showing all tab groups by name. This allows you to select any bookmarked tab in a tab group and add it to the tab group you started with.

This can be a bit confusing at first, but once you've done it a few times, you'll get the hang of it.

Select any bookmarked tab from any tab group from the submenu to add it to the current tab group.

At the end of each of the displayed tab group submenus in the Bookmarks sheet above is a list of all currently bookmarked tabs in each tab group. Selecting any one bookmark from the Bookmarks sheet will add it back to the tab group pane on the Start Page where you began (next to the original large + button you tapped.

One important thing to note here is that merely having tabs open in any tab group is different from bookmarking them in a tab group.

Moving, pinning, closing, and arranging tabs in tab groups

Back in Safari's main window, if you press and hold on any open tab, you'll get a small popover menu that contains several items:

  • Move to Tab Group
  • Arrange Tabs By
  • Close Other Tabs

Press and hold a web page tab to get the popover menu.

Selecting Pin Tab moves the tab to the far left of Safari's window, pins it there, and adds a thumbtack icon to the tab. This lets you know that the tab can't be moved until you unpin it.

Selecting Move to Tab Group presents several options:

  • New Tab Group
  • Names of all existing tab groups

From this submenu you can either create a new tab group like you did above, send the tab to the Start Page, or move it to any existing tab group by name.

Selecting any tab group name from the submenu closes the pressed tab and sends it to that tab group.

Use the submenu to move tabs to other groups, arrange, or close them.

If you select Arrange Tabs By it displays a submenu with two options: Arrange Tabs by Title and Arrange Tabs by Website

Arranging tabs by title sorts and repositions the tabs alphabetically, while arranging tabs by website reorders them so all tabs from each site are ordered next to each other.

If you select Close Tab it simply closes the pressed tab taking no further action.

If you select Close Other Tabs it closes all the other open tabs in the current tab group except the one that was pressed.

Adding tabs to tab groups Favorites manually

Once you have all your tabs and tab groups set up the way you like, you can also add any existing tab to any tab group Favorites list.

To do so, single-tap any existing tab, then tap the share sheet icon in the upper right corner of Safari's window.

This presents a popover with several items for adding the tab to Favorites, but now one of them is Add to "Name" Favorites where "Name" is the currently selected tab group in the sidebar.

Selecting this menu item adds the current tab to the currently selected tab group Favorites list. The next time you tap that tab group in the sidebar, the Favorited tab will show up in the tab group's Favorites section on the Start Page.

Tap the Share Sheet icon to add an existing tab into a tab group's Favorites.

This can be a little confusing - you're essentially bookmarking the current tab into the Start Page, but only for the tab group indicated in the share sheet's Favorites popover menu.

Searching tabs

You can also search tabs for text you want to find. To do so, tap the small icon with two squares in the upper right corner of Safari's window.

This opens the tabs search pane and shrinks all open tabs into thumbnails. Any pinned tabs appear as page titles only with a thumbtack icon at the top of the pane:

Searching tabs.

Now you can type text into the search box at the top of the pane to search all open tabs.

Tap Cancel , then Done to return to Safari's main window.

Removing tab groups

To remove a tab group from your iPad or iPhone , press and hold a tab group by name in the sidebar, then select Delete from the popover menu.

You can also rename tab groups and show all tabs in a tab group in the sidebar from the popover.

The addition of tab groups in Safari makes opening and managing large sets of web pages easy. By organizing open pages by tab groups, and using tab group favorites, it's easy to switch between different sets of data with a few taps.

For example, you might have one tab group for work, one for personal use, family, entertainment, or research topics. When you want to switch contexts, just select a tab group to return to all the tabs you had open for that topic.

Tab groups make Safari and surfing the web on iOS and iPadOS devices much faster and more enjoyable.

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How to Easily Open a Link in New Tab on Safari for iPad

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Today we will show you how you can quickly and easily open a link in a new tab while browsing the web in Safari for iPad.

It's hard to imagine what life was like before tabs in a web browser. It's a very efficient way of managing things and prioritizing stuff that means the most. Thankfully, even mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad are blessed with tabs, and mastering how they work is only going to help you out in the long run.

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The usual route users take in order to initiate a new tab in Safari is by tapping and holding on a link for a second until a pop-up window shows itself. Just tap on 'Open in New Tab' and you're good to go, right? Well, of course. Provided you don't mind doing it a several hundred times throughout the day.

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On the iPad, there's a far more quicker method, thanks to a gesture which many of you are most likely aren't aware of. Here's how it works: first find the link you wish to open in a new tab. Now just  tap on the link using two fingers instead of one. The link will open up in a new tab in the background. You can do this for as many links as you like, obviously. Also, this method works on all iPads as long as you are running iOS 12.

This 'gesture' might seem a little bit hard to get used to at first, but eventually you will. In fact, you'll get so good at it that you'll never miss a link while tapping it with two fingers.

Tiny little shortcuts such as these really elevate the overall browsing experience on a device like the iPad. And it makes sense too on a larger display, allowing users to take advantage of natural gestures in order to get work done.

While we are going to close this guide on a note of tabs, make sure you check out the following tutorial if you are an iPhone user and happen to use Safari a lot on the go:

  • How to Rearrange Tabs in Safari for iPhone, iPad Running iOS 12

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Safari is a popular web browser used by many Apple device users worldwide. When browsing on the internet, it is common to open multiple web pages at once. This is where tabs come in handy. Tabs allow you to browse multiple web pages in a single window. In this article, we will show you how to open a new tab on Safari for desktop and iPhone/iPad, as well as managing your tabs for a more organized and efficient browsing experience.

Understanding Safari Tabs

Safari tabs are similar to file folders in an office. Just as file folders help organize documents, tabs help organize websites. When you open a new tab, it creates a new browser window that allows you to browse another website or search result. Safari tabs are located at the top of the browser window, directly below the address bar. Each tab displays the title of the webpage it contains, making it easy for you to identify and switch between tabs.

What are Safari Tabs?

Simply put, a Safari tab is a way to have multiple web pages open in a single window. This means that you can move between pages quickly and easily without having to open and close separate windows or web browsers. Tabs are found at the top of the Safari window, and each tab displays the title of the webpage you are currently viewing.

Benefits of Using Multiple Tabs

The use of multiple tabs in Safari has several benefits. With tabs, you can manage your browsing sessions more efficiently and stay organized. This allows you to switch between different web pages easily and quickly without losing your place. Additionally, it saves valuable screen space as you don't have to open separate browser windows for each web page you want to visit.

Another benefit of using multiple tabs is that it can help you to be more productive. For example, if you are researching a topic and need to refer to multiple sources, you can open each source in a separate tab. This allows you to easily switch between sources without losing your place or having to navigate back and forth between different windows or applications.

Using multiple tabs can also help you to stay focused. If you tend to get distracted easily while browsing the internet, opening multiple tabs can help you to stay on task. By keeping all of your relevant tabs open in one window, you can avoid the temptation to open other windows or applications that may distract you from your work.

Finally, using multiple tabs can help you to save time. Instead of having to open and close different windows or applications, you can simply switch between tabs to access the information you need. This can be especially helpful if you are working on a project with a tight deadline or need to quickly find information for a presentation or report.

Opening a New Tab on Safari for Desktop

Opening a new tab on Safari for desktop is an easy task. There are three ways to open a new tab in Safari for desktop:

Using the File Menu

First, you can open a new tab by selecting "File" from the menu, then clicking on "New Tab." Alternatively, you can use a keyboard shortcut by pressing Command + T. Once you select either of these options, a new tab will open.

Clicking the Plus Icon

Second, you can click the plus icon located on the top right of the Safari window. The plus icon is a symbol that looks like a circle with a plus sign in it. When you click it, a new tab will be created, and you can start browsing a new website.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Finally, you can use a keyboard shortcut by simultaneously pressing Command + T on your keyboard. This will open a new tab instantly, allowing you to switch between web pages efficiently.

Opening a New Tab on Safari for iPhone and iPad

Opening a new tab on Safari for iPhone and iPad is slightly different from opening a new tab on Safari for desktop. Here are two ways to open a new tab on Safari for iPhone and iPad:

Using the Tabs icon

First, tap the tabs icon located at the bottom right corner of the Safari screen. The tabs icon is denoted by a square with several smaller squares on top of it. When you tap it, you will see all the open tabs on your device. At the bottom of the screen, you will see a new tab icon. Tap on it to open a new tab.

Long-pressing the Plus Icon

Alternatively, you can long-press the plus icon located at the bottom of the screen. A menu will appear with options to open a new tab, new private tab, and close all tabs. Tap on "New Tab" to open a new tab on your device.

Opening Links in a New Tab

Additionally, you can also open links in a new tab on Safari for iPhone and iPad. To do this, long-press the link until a menu appears. Tap on "Open in New Tab" to open the link in a new tab without losing the current page you are browsing.

Managing Your Safari Tabs

Once you have multiple tabs open, you need a way of managing them efficiently. Here are a few ways to manage your tabs:

Switching Between Tabs

To switch between tabs, click on the tab you wish to view. You can also use the "Command + Shift + ("left"/"right") arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate between tabs quickly. Additionally, you can use the swipe gesture to navigate right or left on the tabs.

Closing Tabs

To close a tab, click on the "x" on the right side of the tab or use the keyboard shortcut "Command + W."

Reopening Closed Tabs

If you accidentally close a tab, you can reopen it by clicking on "History" in the menu bar, then selecting "Reopen Closed Tab." Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut "Command + Shift + T."

Now you know how to open a new tab on Safari for desktop and iPhone/iPad, as well as managing your tabs efficiently. By following the tips outlined in this article, you can improve your browsing experience, stay organized, and save valuable screen space. With these simple tips, you will be able to manage your Safari tabs like a pro.

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