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Having used Google Chrome for a long time, I've previously taken it for granted that multiple tabs in a given browser window can be selected, either one at a time (Ctrl-click) or in a contiguous range (Shift-click). (The main reason one would do this is to drag multiple tabs simultaneously to a new browser window, or from one window to another.) I'm giving Mac Safari a chance to win me over, but the very basic functionality of selecting multiple tabs appears to be completely absent. Am I missing something?

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  • Hey @jdmc, any news about this? Commented Jun 10, 2018 at 13:34
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    @martin-martin: Nope. It's simply not an available feature in Safari. If you want to move multiple tabs from an existing (source) window to a new window of their own, the quickest way I've come up with is to open a new window that's displaced slightly downward from the source window, just enough that you can still see all the tabs in the source window when the new window has focus (i.e. is displayed on top). You can then drag one tab at a time, downward from the source window to the new window, relatively quickly. Hope this helps! :-\
    – jdmc
    Commented Aug 7, 2018 at 21:24
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    Request this feature at the Safari feedback site! I want it, too!
    – leanne
    Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 18:14
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    If you want to move multiple tabs from one Safari window (let's call it the "source" window) to another (the "target") window, the quickest way I've come up with is to position the target window on the screen so that it overlaps the source window, but peeks out an inch or two above it. With the windows positioned this way, and with the source window having focus (i.e. displayed on top), you should be able to see the tab bars of both windows, parallel to each other and close together. [continued below]
    – jdmc
    Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 15:58
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    […] It then takes only a few short and quick mouse-drag movements to "flick" tabs from the source upward to the target. As long as you don't hover too long over the target window, the source window will maintain focus, so you should be able to "flick" each tab in the span of a second or two. When you're done, you can click or hover to bring focus to the target window, and then go on your merry browsing way. =)
    – jdmc
    Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 15:58

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Having never needed or even thought to do this I see the behavior you are talking about. And I believe the Safari engineers may have been of a similar mind.

I see no combination of keys that will allow you to select multiple tabs, so I am thinking that may not be possible out of the box with Safari.

That does not mean that there is not an extension (Plug-in, in Firefox lingo) that might provide that functionality but I am unaware of any that do this. You may be out of luck.

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    I hope we're both missing something! Thanks for answering. =)
    – jdmc
    Commented Apr 10, 2018 at 23:06
  • Safari engineers should start using Chrome to discover this type of useful features. Commented Feb 12, 2021 at 22:45
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Starting with Safari 17, which is installed by default on macOS 14 Sonoma but also available (via Software Update) for macOS 13 Ventura and macOS 12 Monterey,[cite] Safari supports selecting multiple tabs! Hold shift and click to select a continuous range from the current tab to the clicked one, or hold command and click to add or remove individual tabs to/from the selection.

These behave all the usual ways: you can close multiple tabs, reorder them within the same window, move them to different windows, move them to a Tab Group in the sidebar, and so on.

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  • It's available in Ventura now as a Safari 17 update
    – Andreas
    Commented Oct 11, 2023 at 13:36
  • Thanks, added that to this answer.
    – Nebula
    Commented Oct 14, 2023 at 15:00

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