How to Create and Manage Tab Groups in Safari Mac?

Apple Safari browser introduces the tab grouping feature that allows saving the active browsing tabs within a group. It helps in decluttering the open tabs hence making tab management easier. We can add or remove tabs from groups and also move the tabs between the tab groups. Safari browser also allows deleting tabs and the group that is no longer needed.

If you have a plethora of opened tabs in the Safari browser, it might become quite a challenging task to manage them efficiently. Well, this is where Safari’s new Tab Grouping feature is going to come in handy.

As is evident from its name, it allows you to place your tabs under separate groups so that you can quickly identify and get a hold of them as and when required.

For example, you could create a tab just for professional works, others for personal ones, and so on.

Apart from that, it also gives you the option to customize these groups. These include the likes of adding and removing tabs from the group as per your convenience, changing the hierarchy of the tabs and their groups, or renaming and deleting these groups in just a few clicks.

This tutorial will show you the detailed steps to create and manage tab groups in the Safari browser on your Mac.

Before trying out this feature, there’s just one prerequisite that you need to checkmark. Make sure your Mac is updated to at least Big Sur 11.6, and Safari is updated to version 15.0 or above. If that’s well and good, then follow along with the instructions.

Create a New Tab Group in Safari Mac

One of the easiest ways is to create a new tab group with the already opened tabs and later send a specific number of tabs over to that group.

However, you can also create an empty tab group and later add the tabs to it. You can choose either way to set up a group.

Here are the steps to create tab groups in Safari browser on MacOS:

  1. Launch the Safari browser on your Mac.
  2. Click on File in the menubar.
  3. Select New Empty Tab Group sub-menu.
    Create New Empty Tab Group in Safari MacIt will open the hidden sidebar bar pane with a new tab group under the Tab Groups section.
  4. Give the group a name and hit Enter key to save.
    Safari New Tab Group in Sidebar pane
  5. Click on Hide Sidebar sidebar icon to continue browsing.

That’s it. The tab group is created and now selected as active. Any tabs opened within this new tab group will be available under it.

Moreover, you could also preview the sites that are opened in a particular group. For that, click on the Show Sidebar sidebar icon and right-click on the tab group of your choice, and select the Show Tab Overview option.

Safari Tab Group open Tabs Overview

Switch the Tab groups

If you’ve created more than one tab group, you can easily switch between the groups from the sidebar panel. Select the tab group, and it will make the switch.

If the sidebar panel is hidden, you can also click on the tab group name with a down arrow in the Safari toolbar and select the desired group.

Safari Mac Tab Groups Switching Option

Rearrange Tabs and Tab Groups

We can rearrange a tab in a particular group from the sidebar panel, select and drag the tab group to the desired position. You may drag and drop the tab group above or below a particular group to change their order along the same lines.

Drag and Drop Tab group to rearrange the order in Safari Mac

Move Tab between Groups

You could also transfer tabs from one group to another, all in a matter of a few clicks.

Here are the steps to move a tab between tab groups in Safari Mac:

  1. Launch the Safari browser on your Mac.
  2. Open the tab that you want to move.
  3. Right-click on the tab bar and hover on the Move to Tab Group option.
  4. Choose the desired group from the list.
    Move Tab to Another Tab Group in Safari MacOS

That’s it; this will move the tab over to the selected tab group. Safari will also remove the tab from the existing group.

Rename Tab Group

If you want to change the name of a particular tab group, then open the sidebar sidebar icon panel, right-click on the tab group, and select Rename command. Fill in the desired name and hit Enter key to save it.

Rename Tab Group from Safari Mac Sidebar panel

Delete Tab Groups

Open the sidebar sidebar icon panel and right-click on the desired tab group, and select Delete to remove that tab group from the browser.

Delete the Tab Group from Safari Sidebar Panel in Mac

Note: Deleting the tab group will also delete all the active tabs within the group. It is an irreversible action; hence proceed with caution.

Bottom Line: Safari Mac Tab Groups

So this was the guide on creating and managing tab groups in the Safari browser on Mac.

If you have a knack for dealing with multiple opened tabs at once, then this feature will streamline your workflow and make it relatively easy to handle the plentitude of tabs at your disposal.

Then the underlying customizations, including the ability to rearrange tabs and their groups, rename these groups, send tabs from one group to another or bid them adieu when no longer needed, are some of the other worthy additions to this feature.

It’s worth noting that tab groups created on the Safari Mac are also synced with Safari on iOS or iPadOS if signed in with the same iCloud account. The cloud sync will automatically make the groups available across all the devices.

With that said, we round off this guide on creating and managing the tab groups on your Safari Mac. Let us know your thoughts and also share your experience.

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