I dont know why but both Command-N and manually clicking open new window in the file menu of Terminal.app opens a new tab. Anyone encountered this before?

How can I make Terminal.app open new windows instead of a new tab?

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    Thanks for posting this. I use a blank keyboard (Das Keyboard Ultimate) and noticed that Option+N kept creating new tabs instead of new windows. Thought I was going crazy. – David Stein Jul 19 '18 at 17:59

Yes, and this was very frustrating when I noticed it since I only ever use tabs in a browser, not to mention opening the tab bar resizes the window >:O

Go into System Preferences -> Dock, then make sure that "Prefer tabs when opening documents" is NOT set to "Always".

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    Oh my this was bugging me for a long time because the only app I use which honors this setting is iterm2 so I thought it was an issue in that app. Thanks! – quuxman Jun 8 '18 at 10:41
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    This behaviour changed between MacOS 10.12 and 10.13 by the way. I had this option set to Always in 10.12 and explicitly opening a new shell in a new window worked properly. This seems like a regression - why have two different commands if they're going to do exactly the same thing? – Timmmm Aug 23 '18 at 8:15
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    Oh my god, why apple, why ?!?!?!?!? This should be in terminal settings... whyyyy apple ?!? Thank you djohns505 !!!!!! – AlexD Oct 27 '20 at 4:28
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    Note for Big Sur users - this setting has moved to System Preferences -> General – roy650 Nov 16 '20 at 15:37

You can press Option-Command-N to open a window even if you set always open documents in tab in Dock preferences (this is handy).

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    Perfect! This is exactly what I needed to know to update my applescripts, all without changing my system settings. – Nathan Hazzard Jan 25 '18 at 15:06

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