Everyone has a few Web sites that they check every day, or even multiple times throughout the day: a social network, a Web-based email app, a go-to news site, or a favorite online comic. The desire to access certain sites quickly and repeatedly isn’t new, of course. Over the years, Apple has added a variety of features to Safari to make this process easier one of which we explored last month. But do you know about pinned tabs?
No, it's nothing like Pinterest.
All this feature does is pin your chosen website to the far left side of the Tab bar and shrinks down to a size that’s just big enough to display a representative icon, called a favicon. You can click the icon at any time to view the page.
Until you unpin or close a pinned tab, it remains in that easily accessible spot no matter what other tabs are open. Other advantages to pinned tabs include:
- Pinned tabs stay in the same place even if you open a new Safari window or quit and relaunch Safari.
- If you have multiple windows open in Safari, the pinned tabs are the same in all of them.
- Safari loads content for your pinned tabs, so you’re less likely to have to wait for those pages to appear.
- Web apps that update automatically will do so in pinned tabs, so switching to one will always give you the latest data.
- Unlike normal bookmarks, which you can sync through iCloud to copies of Safari on all your Apple devices, pinned tabs are specific to a particular Mac. This allows you to customize your pinned tabs on a per-Mac basis.
To pin a Web page, first load it in Safari. Then use one of these three pinning techniques:
- Drag the tab that contains the Web page to the left, into the pinned tab area. When you see it shrink down, let go. (If you don’t see a tab, choose View > Show Tab Bar.)
- Choose Window > Pin Tab.
- Control- or right-click the tab and choose Pin Tab from the contextual menu that appears.
If you pin a tab that you wish you hadn’t, you can reverse any of those actions: drag it to the right, choose Window > Unpin Tab, or choose Unpin Tab from the contextual menu.
So if you open and close Facebook, Reddit, and Gmail throughout the day and check them every morning, try creating a pinned tab for each site and see if you like having them more easily accessible than ever before!
If you prefer using Mozilla’s Firefox or Google Chrome instead of Safari, never fear, since both of those browsers have almost identical pinned tab features.