Is there a way to commandspace (i.e. bring up Spotlight), type the name of an already open tab and bring it to the foreground?

Or an app that does it outside of spotlight?

I spend far too long looking for tabs, only to give up and make another the same.

I do have "Recent Tab List" http://nickvdp.com/tablist/ but I don't see a way to invoke it from the keyboard or integrate it with Spotlight, as what I'm wanting to do is access this from anywhere (not just when I'm in Safari).

I don't want to have to create an app for every website (Use spotlight (or Alfred) to open an existing chrome tab)

Safari "Search Tabs" Keyboard Shortcuts leads to http://hea-www.harvard.edu/~fine/OSX/safari-tabs.html which again isn't integrated into Spotlight.

  • Your second sentence says Or an app that does it outside of spotlight, so presumably Spotlight is not a compulsory requirement. However, you then go on to imply it must work in Spotlight. As part of my edit to your question I added as what I'm wanting to do is access this from anywhere (not just when I'm in Safari), is that correct? Can you clarify?
    – Monomeeth
    Commented Mar 19, 2017 at 22:33
  • Use of spotlight is definitely preferred, as it is the OS X normal global keyboard combination to launch things. That said, if I can't invoke from Spotlight some other app launch-able by keyboard combination would suffice. Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 13:01
  • I added my own keyboard control to the Recent Tab List extension using Alfred: github.com/nickvdp/RecentTabList/issues/… Commented Jun 6, 2018 at 15:48

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You can search in Safari's open tabs: Two-finger pinch on the track pad, then start writing any word in the tab you’re looking for.

  • Typical frustratingly minimalistic UI design that Apple omit the search dialog on that view until you start typing, although on balance the Edit -> Find... is not greyed out. Commented May 2, 2017 at 13:16
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    Unfortunately, that only looks at the tabs in the current window (which doesn't help when one has several dozen windows open, each with several tabs).
    – jhfrontz
    Commented Oct 6, 2019 at 20:07

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