Tabbed browsing is a really convenient feature of web browsers. Nowadays you don’t need to have open several browser windows at once. Tabbed browsing allows you to attain a much more sleek and efficient browsing experience.  With tabbed browsing you can open several web pages at once in a single browser window. This allows you to easily switch back and forth between open pages.  OS X boasts a sleek and efficient interface and the same is so for the Apple’s default Web browser, Safari.

Tabbed Browsing in Safari gives you a fresh browsing experience.

Tabbed Browsing in Safari gives you a fresh browsing experience.

Safari offers configurable, tabbed browsing functionality. Tabbed browsing within Safari allows you to control how and when a tab is opened. You can also use several related keyboard and mouse shortcuts.  This is a short guide on how to get the best out of using tabbed browsing in Safari.

First off, open Safari and click on the Safari menu, which is located in the upper left hand corner. When the drop-down menu appears, click on the Preferences option. When the preferences dialog is displayed, it will overlay your browser window.  Click on the Tabs icon.  The first option will give you a drop-down menu labelled Open pages in tabs instead of windows.  Within this menu you will see three options.

Never:If you select this option, when you click on a link to open a new window, it will launch a separate Safari window.

Automatically: When this option selected, clicking on a link to open a new window will open a new tab in most cases. Safari will try to launch a tab instead of a new window, however it may not always be successful.

Always:When this is selected, clicking on a link to open a new window will always enable a new tab to be created. Safari will always override all settings to forcefully open a new tab every time.

The tabs Preferences dialog also has two check boxes, each has its own tabbed browsing setting, these are;

Command-click opens a link in a new tab: This option is enabled by default. It provides a keyboard shortcut (COMMAND (APPLE) + MOUSE CLICK) to force a specific link to open in a new tab.

When a new tab or window opens, make it active: When this is enabled, a new tab or window will automatically gain focus as soon as it is opened.

Also in the Tabs Preferences dialog are listed some keyboard and mouse shortcut combo’s;

COMMAND + MOUSE CLICK: Opens a link in a new tab.

COMMAND + SHIFT + MOUSE CLICK: Opens a link in a new tab and makes it active.

COMMAND + OPTION + MOUSE CLICK: Opens a link in a new window.

COMMAND + OPTION + SHIFT + MOUSE CLICK: Opens a link in a new window and makes it the active window.

Once you have set these preferences to how you like them,  you are all set to browse the Internet.  Now you can enjoy a sleek browsing experience, that is less cluttered.

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SOURCE: http://browsers.about.com/od/safar1/ss/safaritabs.htm