Safari has a feature which removes duplicate first words of page titles from tabs, which is useful when sites' pages all begin with the same word or two. "Site Title | Page title 1" and "Site Title | Page title 2" show up as "Page title 1" and "Page title 2," for instance.

However, this can be annoying when two pages have the same first word, but are different, such as the two Ask Different pages, "Ask Different chat - chat.stackexchange.com" and "Ask a Question - Apple - Stack Exchange." These become "Different chat […]" and "a Question […]," which isn't very smart of Safari.

Is there any way I can control this to whatever extent possible?

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    Hi, is your question still valid?
    – myhd
    May 22, 2015 at 12:51
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    @myhd I'm not sure…I don't think so, but maybe. I don't know when it decides to truncate now, but the example posed in the question is no longer an issue. If I visit two questions on AD whose first tag is the same, Safari will helpfully remove it, but if I visit "Ask a Question" and "Ask Different", it does not (helpfully). Regardless, it might be worth keeping to see if there's a way to turn it off entirely, not just to prevent erroneous behavior from occurring.
    – Tuesday
    May 22, 2015 at 16:37
  • What version of safari are you using? It doesn't seem to happen with safari 8.0.6. Screenshot: i.imgur.com/KxTUxpp.png
    – nelson2tm
    Jun 21, 2015 at 19:01
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    @nelson2tm Hm, doesn't seem to be happening for me either. Maybe it has been removed entirely.
    – Tuesday
    Jun 22, 2015 at 2:21
  • It only happens when there are too many tabs or the window size is small enough that truncation needs to occur. It still happens in Safari 9. (cc @nelson2tm)
    – grg
    Aug 10, 2015 at 13:16

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According to this macworld article I don't believe that there is a fix yet (if you really want this fixed, you could try searching for terminal commands to fix or disable this feature). Otherwise you could try switching browsers...

When you use tabs, Safari sets the tab's title to include the domain name as well as the page title. For instance, macosxhints.com - Submit a Hint. However, when you have more than one or two tabs opened on the same site, Safari drops the domain name from all the tabs, and just includes the page title: Submit a Hint

  • Just sending people to an external site without clear indication of which extension you had in mind isn't very helpful. Can you add some details about the extension which will solve the problem described in the question?
    – nohillside
    Aug 9, 2015 at 19:10
  • Okay, will fix... Aug 9, 2015 at 19:14

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