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Always show the tab bar in Safari 3 Apps
In Safari 3's preferences, the option to "Always show the tab bar" has been removed, but the inherent functionality is still available. (In fact, if you had it enabled in Safari 2, it will be enabled by default in Safari 3.) It works in both the OS X and Windows versions, and all you have to do is the following (make sure you quit Safari first on either platform).

OS X:
  1. Open the Safari plist file (~/Library » Preferences » com.apple.Safari.plist) in the Property List Editor.
  2. Click the triangle to open the Root list, then click once on Root to highlight it.
  3. Click the Add Child button.
  4. Change the name (New item) to AlwaysShowTabBar, set the Class to Boolean, and set Value to Yes.
  5. Save changes and quit Property List Editor.
Note: Changing Yes to No will stop always showing the Tab Bar for those of you who upgraded from Safari 2.

Windows:

For Windows, manually add the below key into the Preferences.plist:
<key>AlwaysShowTabBar</key>
<true/>
This hint tells you where to find Safari's plist in Windows.
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Always show the tab bar in Safari 3
Authored by: 2eighty1 on Jun 15, '07 08:23:01AM

It's nice this setting is available through the plist, but you can also choose 'show tab bar' from the View menu.



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Always show the tab bar in Safari 3
Authored by: rholbrook on Jun 15, '07 08:25:13AM
The option is still there, it's just moved.
  1. Open Safari
  2. Don't open any tabs so just a bare window is open
  3. From the View menu, choose "Show Tab Bar"
I suspect it's the same under Windows and it's much simpler than editing a preference file.

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Always show the tab bar in Safari 3
Authored by: marioestrada on Jun 15, '07 08:57:14AM

Yeah, the option still exists, under the View menu or by Shift-Command-T

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Always show the tab bar in Safari 3
Authored by: RAMAWILA on Jun 15, '07 09:08:03AM

NO,NO



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It never gets old
Authored by: rspeed on Jun 15, '07 09:16:25AM

I love when people find complicated solutions for simple problems. This reminds me of when Firefox 2 came out there was a hint somewhere about turning on session restoring by going to about:config and changing some property... then someone pointed out that you just select an option in the preferences.



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It never gets old
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Jun 17, '07 11:38:10AM

I sometimes think this site should be called "Mac OS X complicated solutions for simple problems"!

I jest though... lots of clever people here, and I do find cool tips. But it *is* funny sometimes. :-)

But as someone who's been using Macs since System 7 days, the whole point is its a simple OS to operate. I wasn't one of those Mac users who said if Apple ever adopted a command line I would go to Windoze (what where they thinking), since I already used stuff like IRIX, Solarus, MkLinux and BeOS, but it's funny how people are polarized about this.... some refuse to do things the easy way, and some refuse to do things using the available BSD tools.

It's like the one button mouse. (I have a 7 button mouse)

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Always show the tab bar in Safari 3
Authored by: Imaria on Jun 15, '07 02:10:11PM

Yeah, there is the new "Show/Hide Tab Bar" menu item, Shirt-Command-T.

Which is a shame, because I had Shift-Command-T in the services menu for "View in Tofu", a column-based text reading program. Does anyone have any hints for reclaiming this key command for the Services menu, rather than having it attached to a menu item I'll never touch?



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Always show the tab bar in Safari 3
Authored by: loveispenguins on Jun 15, '07 06:25:17PM

Go to Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse and click the + button to add a new shortcut. Make a new Shortcut for "Hide Tab Bar" and a another (separate) one for "Show Tab Bar" (they can be the same keys or different). This will free up the default shortcut.



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Always show the tab bar in Safari 3
Authored by: Imaria on Jun 15, '07 06:36:55PM

Ha! So it does! Shift-Option-Command-T it is for the useless command.

Many thanks!



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Always show the tab bar in Safari 3
Authored by: Fairly on Jun 16, '07 10:14:29AM
Wow. That was a lot of work. You like a lot of work?
defaults write com.apple.Safari AlwaysShowTabBar -bool YES

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Always show the tab bar in Safari 3
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Jun 17, '07 11:19:34AM

That's even too much work! Command-Shift-T!

It always cracks me up when all these (new) Mac users want to do everything in the terminal, or by writing a script, when they are already standard GUI options.

The best one is when people use the terminal to select certain files in a folder for deletion. All that typing! Just open the folder, Command click to select the files and press Command-Delete! There's no way anyone will convince me they can type faster than someone can select files by looking at them. And I try to use the mouse as little as possible, and I'm a fast typist.

I think it's the "look at me, I'm a power user" syndrome!

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Always show the tab bar in Safari 3
Authored by: Spartacus on Jun 27, '07 05:46:37AM

I'd like to see you Command-click the 1,000 GIFs that start with an vowel and end with an even number in a folder of 10,000 files faster than I delete them in the command line. I'm probably even quicker than you downloading and installing A Better Finder Select to help you with that task. Scripting may look complicated and take time but it's better scalable than manual operation.



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Always show the tab bar in Safari 3
Authored by: dmitrij.ledkov on Jun 17, '07 10:06:02PM

Hmmm here is a tricky one. How do I force to open webpages in new tabs instead of new windows (ie Camino style)???? Setting up a shortcut for merge all is not an option, cause my fingers hurt from pressing it =)))))



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Always show the tab bar in Safari 3
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Jun 18, '07 10:40:43AM
How do I force to open webpages in new tabs instead of new windows


Command click the link, and it will open in a new tab. You can also right click and select that option.

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Always show the tab bar in Safari 3
Authored by: sageimac on Jan 19, '11 06:46:05PM

Thanks -
This easy solution still works, even in Safari 5.0.3



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