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?

  • Hey @jdmc, any news about this? – martin-martin Jun 10 '18 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 Aug 7 '18 at 21:24
  • Thanks for your reply, and: weird... I agree that this is a very useful feature in Chrome. Sticking with it also for that, it seems - although I'd love to switch to a less memory-extensive browser! – martin-martin Aug 8 '18 at 8:18
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    Request this feature at the Safari feedback site! I want it, too! – leanne Sep 17 '18 at 18:14
  • CORRECTION: My apologies… I made a mistake in the instructions I gave a year ago, in my comment above, for a kludgey work-around for moving multiple tabs between windows. I'll post a corrected version in the next comment. – jdmc Oct 21 '19 at 15:49

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.

  • I hope we're both missing something! Thanks for answering. =) – jdmc Apr 10 '18 at 23:06

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