Make Safari Open Links in New Tabs Instead of New Windows

December 04, 2008

From 456 Berea Street comes this tip on forcing Safari to open targeted links in a new tab rather than in a new browser window.  (NB: I changed the order of the steps slightly to suit my way of thinking.)

  1. Open a Terminal window.
  2. Type the follow command but don't press enter yet: defaults write com.apple.Safari TargetedClicksCreateTabs -bool true
  3. Quit Safari.
  4. Press enter in the Terminal to execute the command.
  5. Restart Safari, and enjoy new tabs rather than new windows.

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Mark H. Nichols

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