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Whenever I use the new window shortcut in Safari, it creates a new tab instead of a new window. This most likely happens due to my having chosen the setting System Preferences > Dock > Prefer tabs when opening documents: > Always checked.

However, strangely enough, clicking on the menu bar item File > New Window seems to create a new window normally – not a new tab.

Is it possible to create a new tab with the shortcut?

  • What version of Safari and OS X/macOS are you using? – user3439894 Feb 2 '17 at 18:10
  • Whoops, macOS Sierra 10.12.3 running Safari 10.0.3 – Skeleton Bow Feb 2 '17 at 18:11
  • Presumably Sierra, considering that pref – Tetsujin Feb 2 '17 at 18:11
  • In macOS Sierra 10.12.3, by default the keyboard shortcut to open a new window in most apps is ⌘N, however when one changes the default setting in System Preferences > Dock > Prefer tabs when opening documents: from In Full Screen Only to Always, the New Window keyboard shortcut is changed to ⌥⌘N. Under those circumstances, are you saying that in Safari when you press the System assigned keyboard shortcut for New Window it opens a new Tab instead on a new Window? – user3439894 Feb 2 '17 at 19:44
  • Wow! So I changed the Prefer tabs when opening documents: setting to Always. Then I realized in Safari the shortcut was ⌥⌘N. I was confused, but decided to change the shortcut to ⌘N in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts. That's what led me to the problem above. Looks like I can't make the shortcut ⌘N and retain the New Window functionality. If you write your comment as an answer to the question, I'll accept it. – Skeleton Bow Feb 2 '17 at 20:31
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In macOS Sierra 10.12.3, by default the keyboard shortcut to open a new window in most apps is ⌘N, however when one changes the default setting in System Preferences > Dock > Prefer tabs when opening documents: from In Full Screen Only to Always the New Window keyboard shortcut is changed to ⌥⌘N.

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