I can drag a tab out of window, and it becomes independent window in Safari, Finder and other apps that support tabs. Is it possible to reverse this operation, convert window into tab by dragging it to another window?

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You need to drag a tab - Safari won't let you drag an entire window into another one. You can hit ⌘T to create a new empty tab (thus making the tab interface visible), then drag your original tab to the other window.

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    @nicael I believe you can. You don't need to create a new tab for the tab bar to show up. I believe somewhere in the menu items at the top you can check 'show tab bar permanently'. If you've done that, 1 tab will show up. You can drag that to another window, and the original window should disappear.
    – 11684
    Jun 25, 2014 at 13:22
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    11684 is correct; you can drag a single tab to another Safari window. The feedback for the drag operation is kind of confusing. There's no visual indication that you are dragging until you move the pointer beyond the title bar, toolbar, and favorites bar. Note that you have to drag the tab bar (not the Window's title bar), so the tab bar has to be visible. Jun 25, 2014 at 20:37
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    In the current beta of Yosemite you can also drag the URL, see also apple.stackexchange.com/questions/147523/… I don’t think that this was possible in previous versions of Safari. Sep 29, 2014 at 12:15
  • Just to add information to 11684 & GraniteRobert 's answers, in OS X 10.10.5 the location at which you have to start dragging is the small horizontal space below the URL bar. The area is very small though, you may need to experiment to get it right. This assumes that View --> Show Tab Bar is not active (the default when there is only one tab in a window).
    – avee
    Sep 8, 2015 at 4:27
  • @11684 HOLD mouse on the icon in the toolbar and drag (or just drag directories) to the + icon on the right of tab bar in the other window, then drop. It will create a NEW tab in the other window with the path you dropped.
    – Mr. Míng
    Oct 17, 2016 at 3:32

Go to Window → Merge All Windows. In Safari, this merges other windows into the currently active window. In Finder, this merges the current windows into other window.

Alternatively, you can show the tab bar with View → Show Tab Bar. This lets you drag the tab when only one tab in a window is open.

  • THX for some tips!
    – nicael
    Jun 25, 2014 at 10:59

You can just hit cmd + shift + T to make the tab bar visible in any finder window. This allows you to drag the current window as a tab into any other finder window.


Yes, you can. Just drag the tab of the new window in the right location of the old window, and it is done. In this way you can also drag-n-drop tabs of safari between different open windows.

I know it works in Chrome like this

  • I want to convert independent window into tab.
    – nicael
    Jun 25, 2014 at 10:19
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    I repeat: I have independent window. I want to drag it to another window so as it will become tab of last window.
    – nicael
    Jun 25, 2014 at 10:21
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    This is for Chrome. Finder and Safari both hide their tab bars when there is only one tab open.
    – grg
    Jun 25, 2014 at 10:45
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    +1 for this answer. It's correct for Safari (as well as Chrome). Jun 25, 2014 at 20:37
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    @nicael: Using OS X 10.9.3 and Safari 7.0.4, it does work. I used to think it didn't work, until I saw Mathias711's answer. You can drag a window's only tab bar to another window. The first window vanishes, and the content appears in a new tab in the second window. Notes: 1) The tab bar must be visible in the first window. 2) You have to drag the tab bar, not the title bar. 3) There may be no visual feedback for the drag at first, so it seems like it's not working. A fast drag gives feedback after less motion than a slow drag. Jun 25, 2014 at 22:11

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