Mac Tip: Safari 3 Keyboard Shortcut to Merge All Windows

With the new Safari 3 beta, Apple Inc. has added a great feature in being able to drag tabs out and merge windows on the fly. But for those who prefer using the keyboard over the mouse, there’s no keyboard shortcut for merging windows.

So here’s how to set it up:

Step 1. Open System Preferences in the Apple menu.

Step 2. Click on “Keyboard & Mouse” and then on the “Keyboard Shortcuts” tab.

Step 3. Create a shortcut for the feature by clicking the plus sign, selecting “Safari” as your application, entering “Merge All Windows,” and selecting a key combination for it. I chose ⇧⌘M.

Now relaunch Safari. Whenever you have a bunch of windows clogging the screen, hold the command, shift and M keys to merge them into one with tabs.

This is a useful way to add custom keyboard shortcuts to just about every app (but it doesn’t work in some, like Firefox). A couple other crucial custom shortcuts I use are ⌘K in Mail for “Add Hyperlink,” and ⇧⌘E in Pages for “Export” so I can save my file as a Microsoft Word document.


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