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Another way to make a new tab in Safari Web Browsers
I accidentally stumbled on this one today when I mis-clicked a tab in Safari 5.

Double-clicking the empty space in the Tab Bar just to the right of an open tab in Safari will create and open a new tab. Not sure how new this is, but I can't believe I have never thought to try this method before!

This is an addition to the other well-known ways of opening new tabs:
  • Command + T.
  • Control + Click (or Right Clicking) the empty space to the right of your tab(s) and selecting 'New Tab.'
  • Clicking the small '+' sign on the far right of the Tab Bar.
  • Control + Click (or Right Clicking) a URL, and selecting the 'Open in New Tab' option.
  • Command + Click a URL.
I'm sure there are probably a couple more ways to do this, but my most common are by far the first and last methods.

[crarko adds: I've seen all the other methods mentioned, but this one is new to me, too. It also worked in Firefox, and even in Terminal, but not in Chrome as far as I could tell. Post results for other browsers in the comments if you like.]
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Another way to make a new tab in Safari
Authored by: wallybear on Sep 21, '10 07:54:39AM

This behaviour is not new; it worked also on 10.5.x and Safari 4 (at least, cannot remember if it worked in older releases).



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Another way to make a new tab in Safari
Authored by: chabig on Sep 21, '10 07:58:26AM

I thought this was well known. It was added in Safari 3.1 and even noted on MacOSXHints back in March 2008! I guess Mac OS X Hints is so big now you can recycle old hints because the editors can't even remember what they've previously posted.

http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20080319132933761&query=%252525s

Edited on Sep 21, '10 08:00:30AM by chabig



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Another way to make a new tab in Safari
Authored by: Geobunny on Sep 21, '10 09:05:14AM

New editor, so it's not surprising he doesn't remember doing it before - it wasn't him! ;)

There is another way which has been missed. With the text-cursor in the URL location bar, command-return will open the URL in a new tab. For the sake of completeness, option-return will download the file in the URL location bar.



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Another way to make a new tab in Safari
Authored by: nathanator11 on Sep 22, '10 06:53:03AM

... and cmd-shift will make a new, active tab (or otherwise as defined in Safari Prefs).
The same works for the Google search bar.



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Another way to make a new tab in Safari
Authored by: asmeurer on Sep 21, '10 09:08:33AM

This behavior is new to me because that space never exists for me (i.e., I have 30 tabs open at once all the time :)

Edited on Sep 21, '10 09:12:06AM by asmeurer



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Another way to make a new tab in Safari
Authored by: zongamin on Sep 21, '10 10:45:52AM

I think this had been standard since 10.4 at least.



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Another way to make a new tab in Safari
Authored by: joeyblades on Sep 21, '10 10:50:58AM

Sort of related - sort of different. You probably know that if you select some text in a page and right click on it (assuming a multi-button mouse) you can search for that term using your default search engine (Google, by default). However, if you hold the control key down, your search will take place in a new tab. So this is yet another way to open a new tab - and perform a search in that tab.

I'm not sure how you do this (or not do this) with a one-button mouse (I'm not with my Mac right now).



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Another way to make a new tab in Safari
Authored by: JackSloth on Sep 24, '10 06:32:30AM

I think you mean the Command key and not the control key

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Middle-click
Authored by: bankshot on Sep 21, '10 11:17:28AM

I always use middle-click (click the scroll wheel) to open links in a new tab. Guess that might not work on a magic mouse or trackpad, at least without some 3rd party software (at which point I'd rather just cmd-click).



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Another way to make a new tab in Safari
Authored by: playdrums on Sep 21, '10 11:40:57AM

The one I use most commonly is missing. If you click a link with the scroll wheel button on your mouse, it will open the resulting page in a new tab.



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Other Ways to Get New Tabs
Authored by: googoo on Sep 21, '10 01:38:37PM

I am pretty sure these are well-known, but they are not mentioned in the list. If you hold down the command button while pressing return in the Google search box, your search will open in a new tab. Also, if you hold down command while clicking on the Back button, the previous page will open in a new tab.

-Mark



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Re: Other Ways to Get New Tabs
Authored by: sjk on Sep 22, '10 09:59:03AM

Thanks, Mark. Both those were new and useful to me.



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Another way to make a new tab in Safari
Authored by: rob-taylor on Sep 21, '10 02:32:00PM

A further way is to click the link and hold the mouse button/track pad depressed and dragging. You'll notice the link appears in a grey box, which means you can then drag it into the tab bar. I assume you can also drag it elsewhere (main address bar, albeit pointless to do so, or a text document or something) but I haven't ever tried.



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Another way to make a new tab in Safari
Authored by: RMo on Sep 22, '10 08:24:19AM

Tomorrow's tip: did you know you could open hyperlinks by clicking on them?! (OK, so this one isn't that bad, but I thought it was fairly widely known.)



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Another way to make a new tab in Safari
Authored by: martijnpolman on Sep 22, '10 09:41:53AM

It's also possible to make a new tab by pressing Command+Enter in the Safari search box or contextual menu in Finder. This makes a new tab with the search results, handy if you don't want to leave the current open tab.



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Another way to make a new tab in Safari
Authored by: XCool on Sep 25, '10 05:28:56AM

Firefox opens a new tab with just a single click.



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