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OSX Quicktip: Always show the tab bar in Safari 3

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quicktip.jpgIf you’re like me, you like consistency. One of the features I always had turned on in Safari two was the “Always show the tab bar” option.

That has been removed in Safari 3 for some reason, but the basic functionality is still there.

Thanks to osxhints I can now share with you how to make that work…

1. Open the Safari plist file (~/Library » Preferences » in the Property List Editor.
2. Click the triangle to open the Root list, then click once on Root to highlight it.
3. Click the Add Child button.
4. Change the name (New item) to AlwaysShowTabBar, set the Class to Boolean, and set Value to Yes.
5. Save changes and quit Property List Editor.

Note: Changing Yes to No will stop always showing the Tab Bar for those of you who upgraded from Safari 2.

It’s a bit of a hack to be sure, and I hope that in a later Beta of Safari 3 that they put that option back in, but for those of you (like me) that just can’t wait, this is a solution that will get it fixed for you.

Kokou Adzo

Kokou Adzo

Kokou Adzo is a stalwart in the tech journalism community, has been chronicling the ever-evolving world of Apple products and innovations for over a decade. As a Senior Author at Apple Gazette, Kokou combines a deep passion for technology with an innate ability to translate complex tech jargon into relatable insights for everyday users.

One thought on “OSX Quicktip: Always show the tab bar in Safari 3

  1. When you have no tabs open, just go to the view menu and click Show Tab Bar and it will always be there. No need for editing plists.

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