How to move multiple Safari tabs at once in macOS

When tabbed browsers first appeared, I was dubious. I liked my
various windows that I could arrange! Over time, browers
improved tab management and tools, and I adapted. I often have
multiple windows open, each with a particular task or project,
with many tabs in each.

But what do you do when you have a bunch of tabs in one window
and want to move them to another window? Safari lets you drag
tabs one at a time: hold down on the tab and drag and a tiny
window appears that you drag into another open window (either
onto a tab or into the tab bar). Or you can release it and it
becomes a freestanding window of its own.

mac911 add bookmarks for tabs

You can add all the tabs in a window to a bookmarks folder.

If you want to move multiple tabs, you’re stuck. Chrome offers
this feature–hold down the Shift key and select tabs–but
Safari does not. There’s a workaround that involves bookmarks
and a little fuss, but if you’re moving more than three or four
tabs, it’s worth the effort.

  1. Bring the window in Safari to the front that contains tabs
    you want to move.
  2. Select Bookmarks > Add Tabs for These X
  3. In the dialog that appears, name the folder that will
    contain these bookmarks and click Add.
  4. Open a new window by selecting File > New
  5. Choose Bookmarks > Show Bookmarks.
  6. Right-click on the bookmarks folder and select Open in
    New Tabs
  7. After the window fills with tabs, click the x close box on
    the tabs you don’t want in that window. Return to the window
    you started with and the do the same for ones you just moved.

This seems like a kludge, and it is. But clicking the close box
a number of times is substantially faster than what feels like
using a tweezer to pick up tabs and move them individually.

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