The image below is the header that appears when I open Terminal.app. As you can see, only one tab is open, but a tab bar still shows (just has one tab that says "bash"). How can I prevent the tab bar from showing unless there are >= 2 tabs? It was working correctly until recently but I can't figure out what changed or how to fix.

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Click "View" / "Hide Tab Bar" and the tab bar will go away and come back only when there is more than one tab open.

  • I will not have access to the computer that had this problem until Friday, but if this works then I will accept.
    – Kvass
    Jul 28, 2014 at 14:44
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    I scrubbed all over the preferences panel looking for this... never occurred to me to look for a top-level menu.
    – bronson
    Oct 17, 2016 at 20:13
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    After upgrading macOS, this tab preference reset, so I scoured preferences and didn't find it... they really need to move this to preferences -> General (or put it in both places). It acts like a preference because if you change it, it affects other windows.
    – Kelvin
    Aug 6, 2019 at 15:35
  • I'm not sure when I originally thumbs--upped this response, but I had to come back here to find it again when I apparently hit SHIFT-CMD-T without realizing it and started getting tab-headers on all my windows. Jan 6, 2023 at 18:42

For all it's worth, in iTerm2 to achieve the same:

  1. To make a temporary change you need to choose Window->Window Style->No Title Bar.
  2. To make a permanent change, this is part of the profile. Preferences->Profiles->[Your Profile]->Window->Style == No Title Bar(default is Normal)

Update: Appologies - misread the question and added an answer for iTerm2, which may still be useful to someone. Alternatively the answer can be removed.

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    The question seems to be about Terminal, not iTerm2.
    – nohillside
    Jun 28, 2022 at 9:49
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    Aaah, I see - I missed that, thanks. Indeed this answer is for iTerm2, which may still be useful to someone. It took me time to find it in settings to make the change stick.
    – Alex
    Jun 29, 2022 at 9:08

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