Apple finally gives Safari Tab Groups the one feature it sorely lacked

MacOS Ventura


Like many, I am a web browser power user. Not only do I depend on web browsers to be productive — I depend on them to help me take my productivity to the next level. One such feature that has greatly improved my workflow is the web browser tab group.

I’ve been quite vocal about Opera Workspaces being perhaps the best tab group feature on the market: The developers of the Opera web browser seem to have, in the dead of night, racked my brains to find out exactly how I believe tab groups should be. worked and implemented to perfection.

I will say that Opera’s Group Tab feature has prevented me from using other browsers on a regular basis. If it weren’t for that tab group perfection, I’d still lean heavily towards Firefox.

But then something wonderful happened. Apple released MacOS Ventura and with that release came some new features in Safari that are pretty much in line with Opera.

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Needless to say, I was surprised.

Let me outline the new tab-related features in Safari that help bring Apple’s web browser up to the level of any other browser on the market.

And it all starts with a special feature.

Tabs are pinned in Tab Groups

One of my biggest issues with the tab group extensions currently available for Firefox is that they don’t handle pinned tabs. Instead of tabs being pinned to a specific group, they are outside of the group and remain visible, regardless of which group you are viewing.

To me, this is very counter to the idea of ​​tab groups. I would like to be able to pin specific tabs to specific groups to keep everything as clean and organized as possible.

Opera got this idea. You pin a tab to a tab group and there it stays. You can even move pinned tabs to other tab groups. The point is, pinning tabs to groups keeps everything well organized and easy to navigate.

Safari now gets this too. When you pin a tab to a group, it stays in that group. The only thing you can’t do is move a pinned tab to another group. To do that, you have to remove the tab pin, move it to a new tab group, and then pin the tab again.

Shared Tab Group

This feature is only available in Safari for iOS. What it allows you to do is share a set of tabs with friends, family, or colleagues. Once a tab group is shared, anyone who has shared can then add their own tab to the group so everyone can work together more easily. The only caveat to this is that anyone you share the tab group with must be using iCloud.

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Custom Tab Group Start Page

With the release of Ventura, users can also customize the Safari Start Page for each group of tabs. This customization allows you to set a custom background image for the start page of a group of tabs and even add custom favorites to each one.

This is a great feature for several reasons. First, a custom background image for the Start Page tab group will immediately make it clear which tab group you’re working with. Furthermore, the ability to create custom favorites for each group of tabs means your workflow becomes more efficient. For example, you can have a group of tabs for productivity and you can add favorites for all the sites you use for that purpose, such as Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, and Office 365.

It may take some time to get your Tab Group Start Page exactly how you want it, but once you do it will make working with the tab group a lot easier.

With these three additions, Apple is seriously making tab management a breeze, even going after the ruler of all tabs… Opera. I highly recommend you start using this feature right away, so you can take your tab management to the next level.


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