Why can’t Safari have multiple browser windows open simultaneously?

Reader asks, “Why can’t Safari have multiple browser windows open simultaneously? On my old iMac, I could easily copy and paste between my Facebook page and another site. However, when I open two web pages in succession using Yosemite, I see only the contents of the second URL address and lose access to the first. I don’t want to deal with tabs. Please advise.”

In Yosemite, Apple modified Safari to try to replicate how it looks and behaves on the new iPhones and iPads. Using Safari on a desktop computer, these changes are, in my opinion, not ideal from a long-time user’s perspective like yourself.

Experimenting with the Safari Preferences settings is where you need to focus your attention.

Change Safari tab settingsIn the Safari tabs configuration screen, select ‘Never’ from the “Open pages in tabs instead of windows” drop down menu. In addition, put a check mark next to the box labeled, “When a new tab or window opens, make it active.”


OS X Yosemite: Get to know the new, slimmed-down Safari
Jason Snell
Oct 16, 2014


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