Navigate & Flip Through Open Browser Tabs with Gestures in Safari 6

Aug 24, 2012 - 7 Comments

Flip through browser tabs in Safari

Safari 6 has a great new way to quickly navigate through open browser tabs using gestures. To access the new tab preview screen, either use a two-fingered pinch inwards, or click the little box on the far right of the tabs:

See all browser tabs in Safari and navigate between them

Once in tab previews, use a two-finger gesture left or right to flip between open tabs. Click on any preview to immediately open that tab.

You can also hit Command+Shift+\ to get to the same tab view, and then use the keyboard arrow keys to navigate between the tabs.

This feature is new to Mac OS X but it’s fairly similar to how Safari on iPhone behaves when you’re switching between tabs and should be familiar to anyone who comes from an iPhone background.

Safari 6 comes with OS X Mountain Lion and is available for Lion users as well.

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Derek says:

    Arrow keys after the shortcut? Why not ‘n’ and ‘p’? :(

  2. gozzle says:

    An awesome tool for making gestures do what you want is Better Touch Tool: It allows you to assign any keyboard shortcut, specific to any application, to a miriad of different gestures.

    Personally I’ve always used ‘tip tap’ left and right to change tabs, without having to open any preview window first.

  3. renard says:

    For quick switch from a tab to an other you can still create an Automator Service. Have a look at Find Safari Tab:

  4. Eduardo says:

    I want to like Safari but everytime I use it there’s a process in Activity Monitor, called “Safari Web Services” that’s always taking at least 20-30% CPU even with just 3-4 tabs open. That is just a battery drain.

  5. Tim Farnsworth says:

    You can also pinch two fingers together and it will expand the tabs view.

    • Mark says:

      Now THAT is useful. Gestures and keyboard shortcuts are pretty pointless if you need to click something first.

  6. dfraley says:

    This feature is not present on the Safari 6 that is available for Lion. It is a Mountain Lion only feature from what I can tell on Apple’s site.

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