The Old Safari Tab Design Will Be Applied To MacOS Monterey

The Old Safari Tab Design Will Be Applied To MacOS Monterey. Apple debuted a controversial new Safari tab design this summer at WWDC 2021, and since then, it has tweaked that look and even let you turn off many of the changes. With macOS Monterey, however, the company is going back to the way tabs looked before.

The Old Safari Tab Design Will Be Applied To MacOS Monterey

According to the verge, on Apple’s official page for the upcoming software update, if you scroll down to the section titled “Access Tab Groups anywhere,” you can just barely see Safari’s older (and arguably better) design in the example screenshots on both a Mac and on an iPad (via Daring Fireball).

The Old Safari Tab Design Will Be Applied To MacOS Monterey

Perhaps even more surprising is that the old design is now the default, according to MacRumors, which observed the reverted tabs in the macOS Monterey release candidate.

However, if you want to use the design Apple revealed at WWDC, where tabs also function as URL bars, that will be an option you can flip on in the preferences menu, MacRumors says.

Safari Tab

Safari offers tabbed browsing, which many folks use to display (and organize) multiple Web pages at one time. For example, if you’re doing a bit of comparison shopping for a new piece of hardware between different online stores, tabs are ideal.

When you hold down the Command key and click a link or bookmark using tabs, a tab representing the new page appears under the Bookmarks bar.

Just click the tab to switch to that page. (If you don’t hold down Command, things revert to business as usual, and Safari replaces the contents of the window with the new page.) Figure 1 illustrates the number of pages opened in Safari using tabs.


macOS is the operating system that powers every Mac. It lets you do things you simply can’t do with other computers. That’s because it’s designed specifically for the hardware it runs on and vice versa. macOS comes with an entire suite of beautifully designed apps.

It works hand in hand with iCloud to keep photos, documents, and other stuff up to date on all your devices. It makes your Mac work like magic with your iPhone and other Apple devices. And it’s been built from the ground up with privacy and security in mind.


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