macOS Sierra: How to Use Tabbed Windows

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Now that macOS Sierra is out, you can use the tabbed window goodness you’re familiar with in Safari and the Finder in pretty much any app. Tabbed app windows are a system-level thing, so there’s a good chance the apps you use every day already support the feature. Read on to see how it works.

To take advantage of macOS Sierra tabbed windows you first need a couple documents open in the same app. Now go to Window > Merge All Windows to group them together as tabs. Once your documents are grouped in a single tabbed window you can click the plus button to the right of the last tab to create new blank documents.

macOS Sierra tabbed windows in OmniOutliner

Tabbed OmniOutliner windows in macOS Sierra

I spend a lot of time working in OmniOutliner, so I’m really glad tabbed windows work there. They don’t, however, work for me in BBEdit—another app I use daily. That’s most likely because BBEdit uses its own document list to keep everything in a single window.

macOS Sierra tabbed windows in Maps

Command-T lets you open new tabbed windows in some apps, like Maps

Apps that don’t offer text formatting, like Maps, can typically use Command-T to create new tabs, as well. Command-T also opens the text formatting window, so good job on doubling up the function of a system-wide keyboard shortcut, Apple.

Tabbed document groups work just the same as tabs in Safari, so you can switch documents with a click, and drag to rearrange them, too. Considering how many documents I have open, macOS Sierra tabbed windows should free up a lot of screen space for me.

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