In Safari 6, tabs became very wide. I don’t like this new behavior.


Is there a way to get the old, smaller tabs back?

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    Welcome to America - the land of wide. ;-) – bmike Jul 26 '12 at 22:47
  • dirty solution.....open a lot of empty tabs....thats what i do – Bushra Shahid Jul 31 '12 at 6:17
  • Oh yeah, I like the new design but it's only good for touch devices because the area to switch tabs is a lot bigger in most cases - people with big fingers would enjoy that in iOS. But in OSX this is annoying. We now have to move the mouse cursor much further... – gentmatt Aug 2 '12 at 15:57

The glims tool - available from http://www.machangout.com - should do the trick to re-slice the tab width to something fixed if you prefer the old look.

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If you have SIMBL installed, download cosyTabs (Lion & Mountain Lion) and your old-style tabs will be back. (Here'sa direct-download link.)

Open the zip and place the .bundle file in: /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins/

Works for me and SIMBL never gave me any trouble. On the website it says that it's only for Mountain Lion, but it works on my Lion Mac as well.


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    I believe it's spelled SIMBL (without the E). – asmeurer Jul 27 '12 at 2:00

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