Mac101 – macOS Sierra Tabs

In my macOS Sierra beta travels I have come across another cool, unobtrusive feature involving Tabbed Windows. You already know you can use Tabbed Windows in Safari and the Finder. In Sierra, Apple has added Tabbed Window capability to the OS.

Tabbed Windows Apple Apps

Apple has added the Tabbed Window feature to macOS Sierra. That means most of the Apple apps in macOS Sierra has Tabbed Window capabilities. I tested a few of the Apple apps, and they all work pretty much the same. Let’s use Pages 6.0 as an example. Here is a normal Pages window:


To activate Tabbed Windows you have to first turn on the Tab Bar in the View Menu:


That makes the Tab Bar available. Then just click on the small plus symbol in the right side of the app window (like Safari):


When that is done you have two tabs:


You can have as many tabs as you like. I think this is a really efficient workflow helper. You can work on two or more Pages docs at one time. You can do all the usual things with the tabs. You can change their order by dragging them left or right. You can drag a tab off to the Desktop to make it a separate window. You drag a window back into the original document turning it into a tab. This works in the TextEdit app and others within the entire Apple family. What about third party apps?

Tabbed Windows 3rd Party Apps

I only have a few third party apps installed in my macOS Sierra beta. One of those apps is the very cool Acorn Image Editor. You activate Tabbed Windows in Acorn the same way, by going to the View Menu:


Once your Tab Bar is activated click on the plus symbol, and you have two tabbed windows:


I think it is safe to assume other third party apps will work the same way. This may not be a benefit in every type of application, but it will help in many of them.

By the way, Apple has decided to release macOS Sierra tomorrow, September 20th. Here is my standard admonition. I strongly advise you to wait to upgrade your Mac to Sierra. At least wait a few days to see what issue arises. If you do not have a ton of software, then updating soon would be fine, the beta is running well. However, if you have mission-critical software, you may need to wait a few weeks or even months until the software in question gets updated.


macOS Sierra keeps getting better all the time. There is not a ton of new features, but most of the ones that are present are very useful. Now, if it only ran a little faster than El Capitan?