How to Use Safari Tab Groups on Your Mac


The macOS Monterey update gave Safari a significant redesign that users had been requesting for years. Not only does it sport a refreshed look, but it also brings a load of functional improvements that may potentially change how you browse the web and manage your tabs.

Most of us switch between several tabs during an average browsing session, and keeping them organized is far from easy. But Safari's new Tab Groups feature allows you to bundle relevant tabs together and jump between them whenever necessary. Here, we'll look at how you can use Safari Tab Groups to improve your workflow on a Mac.

What Are Safari Tab Groups?

As the name suggests, Tab Groups are nothing but groups of tabs. In Safari, you can consider each Tab Group as a folder that stores several browsing tabs. So, what exactly do you do with them, you ask?

Well, you can sort your browser tabs into multiple Tab Groups. Let's say, one for work, one for personal use, and so on. You can label Tab Groups with custom names to quickly identify what you're using them for. Thanks to this feature, you no longer have to worry about cluttering your tab bar with tabs that you use for different reasons.

Tab Groups isn't exactly a feature that's previously unheard of. In fact, most browsers have it already, and Safari is one of the last web browsers to get it. One important thing to note about Tab Groups is that they will sync across all your Apple devices over iCloud, meaning you can switch from your Mac to your iPhone without losing your browsing session.

How to Use Safari Tab Groups on a Mac

Conveniently, macOS gives you more than just one way to create a new Tab Group in Safari. As long as your Mac is running macOS Monterey or later, you can follow these simple instructions to learn how to use Tab Groups:

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac.
  2. Click on the down arrow next to the sidebar button to reveal the Tab Groups dropdown.
  3. Next, click on New Empty Tab Group. Alternatively, you can create a new Tab Group by clicking on File > New Empty Tab Group from the menu bar.
    Creating a new Tab Group in Safari
  4. You've successfully created a new Untitled Tab Group, but now you need to name this particular group to better suit your activity. Once the Safari Sidebar opens up, just type in whatever name you like.
  5. Next, let's look at how you can manage your Tab Groups. Click on the squares icon next to the Tab Group's name to bring up the Tab Overview. This will display all the tabs open under the group.
    Viewing all tabs under a Safari Tab Group
  6. If you want to switch between multiple Tab Groups, simply click on the down arrow or the current Tab Group's name to reveal the dropdown.
  7. Now, select the Tab Group you want to open and Safari will automatically open the relevant tabs.
    Switching between Safari Tab Groups
  8. If you want to delete a Tab Group, click on the Sidebar button and then Control-click on the Tab Group to bring up the context menu.
  9. Here, you'll find multiple options, including a list of all the web pages open in the Tab Group. Simply click Delete, and you're good to go.
    Deleting Safari Tab Groups

More importantly, if you ever want to move a single tab to another Tab Group, all you have to do is open the Sidebar and then drag and drop the tab into a different group.

That's everything you need to learn about using Safari Tab Groups. The next time your browsing session is loaded with tabs, you know exactly what you need to do to organize them.

Tab Groups Help You Keep Safari Clutter-Free

As you can see, the new Safari has the potential to change the way you browse the web and manage your tabs. Of course, you'll need some time to get used to all the new changes in Safari, and Tab Groups is just one of them.

Don't forget that Apple also introduced Tab Groups in the mobile version of Safari with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 software updates. So, make sure you update your iPhone and iPad to keep your Tab Groups in sync with one another.


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