I can open a new window from the menu bar, but for some reason Safari insists on opening a new tab rather than a new window when using either the default keyboard shortcut or a custom shortcut.

Has anyone run into this issue before? If so, how did you fix it?

Note: I have quit the application multiple times and restarted the computer.

  • You're not running the developer beta are you? Some stuff related to this behaviour has changed. – Abhi Beckert Jul 9 '20 at 4:19


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    Don't forget to accept your own answer. :) – Abhi Beckert Jul 15 '20 at 23:48
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    Thanks for the reminder! 👍 – Cabana0309 Jul 19 '20 at 10:11
  • No worries at all, and welcome to stack overflow. :) – Abhi Beckert Jul 20 '20 at 6:21

In full screen mode, Cmd-N opens a new Tab instead of a new Window. Are you in full screen mode?

Also, in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts you can adjust the Cmd-N shortcut to open a new tab.

And it wouldn't surprise me if there is a hidden defaults write command to do the same, though I wouldn't know off the top of my head.

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    Definitely not in fullscreen mode, tried both the default keyboard shortcut and a custom keyboard shortcut, and I am running an up-to-date version of Catalina (made sure there wasn't an update before I posted the question).It was working just fine until today. – Cabana0309 Jul 9 '20 at 4:21
  • @Cabana0309 do you have any extensions? – Abhi Beckert Jul 9 '20 at 4:33
  • I do, but even with them disabled and starting my computer in Safe Mode the issue persists. – Cabana0309 Jul 9 '20 at 11:22
  • Figured it out! Posting the answer now. – Cabana0309 Jul 9 '20 at 11:32

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