How To Launch And Manage Finder Tabs In MacOS

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If you didn’t know that the macOS Finder has built-in tabs, prepare for your mind to be blown — at least, if you’ve previously filled your desktop with new Finder windows when managing files. Instead of relying on Command + N, switch your finger up and to the left, and Command + T will allow you to open a ton of tabs in a single finder window.

This feature has been around for years, so I understand if you aren’t bursting out of your seat at the news. What you might not know, however, is that there are a few fun ways of interacting with Finder tabs in macOS Mojave.

Go ahead, open a few tabs. Once you’ve done that, tap on the keyboard combination Command + Shift + \ to zoom out and view all of your open tabs at once. Essentially, this is Finder’s version of your Mac’s Mission Control feature (which you can quickly access by swiping up on your trackpad with three fingers).

Command + Shift + makes pretty things happen in Finder. (Screenshot: David Murphy)

You can access the same view by right-clicking on any tab—the actual tab, not anywhere within the open window — and selecting “Show All Tabs”, or by selecting the same option from the View menu.

For a visual reminder that you can open new tabs, in case you’re worried you might forget again, open a single Finder window — no tabs — and hit the keyboard combination Command + Shift + T. This turns Finder’s Tab Bar on and off. While it’s not as delineated in Finder as, say, the tabs in your favourite web browser, this should hopefully remind you that can open up additional tabs.

See that tiny plus icon to the right? Click on that for some sweet, sweet Finder tabs. (Screenshot: David Murphy)

Finally, if staring at a bunch of open Finder windows jogs your memory about the app’s tabs, fear not. Just click on Window, and then “Merge All Windows,” to convert them into tabs within a single Finder window. So much better.


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