If I click a link in say an e-mail or application and that exact link already has an open tab, Safari will focus that tab instead of opening it anew at the end of the current window.

I would prefer this behaviour to be different because moving the focus is really distracting and often I want the new tab to open in the current window/context.

Is there a way to change this?

  • Right click on the link and select "Open in new tab".
    – Thinkr
    Apr 2, 2023 at 9:28

1 Answer 1


In Safari Preferences -> Tabs -> Check the box for "⌘-click opens a link in a new tab". Then use ⌘-click to force it to open a new tab in Safari when clicking the same URL domain.

  • That setting is checked and in that case it keeps opening new tabs. I think this behaviour is when being called from the outside.
    – Alper
    Nov 3, 2020 at 15:26

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