Some like to have a million tabs open at once while browsing and never closing them again. Granted that having multiple tabs open can be very helpful while doing some research, shopping, or working on a project.
To open a new window on Mac use the shortcut Command + N on Chrome to open a new Window. Or else, use Command + Shift + N to open an Incognito Window. Similarly, you can do it on Safari too. Besides this, you can simply click on the three dots and choose the option New Window or New Tab for the same function.
This article details how you can open new windows and tabs on your Mac on various native and third-party applications like terminal, Google Chrome, Safari, and Finder. Keep reading to find out more.
How to Open a New Window on Mac
1. On Google Chrome
Opening a new window on Google Chrome is pretty easy. All you need to do is use the Command-N shortcut to open a new window. If you want to open a link in a new window, simply hover the cursor over the link and use the two-finger gesture on your mac’s trackpad to display the contextual menu and select the Open link in new window option.
If you want to open a new window in incognito mode, use the Command-Shift-N shortcut to do it. Alternatively, hover the cursor over the link and use the two-finger gesture to display more options if you want to open a link in an incognito window. Select the Open link in Incognito window option.
Moreover, there is another way to open a new window; using the dock. Hover the cursor over the Google Chrome icon on the dock, right-click on it, or use the two-finger gesture to display the contextual menu and select New window or New incognito window from the list.
2. On Safari
Opening a new window on Safari is similar to opening a new window on Google Chrome. First off, open Safari from the dock. Use the Command-N shortcut to open a new window. Use the Command-Shift-N shortcut to open a new private window.
Suppose you want to open a link in a new window; all you need to do is hover the cursor over the link and use the two-finger gesture on your Mac’s trackpad to display more options and select the Open link in new window option.
You can also hover the cursor over the Safari icon on the dock, right-click on it and select New window or New private window from the list as per your preference.
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3. On Finder
The same shortcut is used to open a new finder window which is used for opening new windows in Google Chrome and Safari. First, open a new Finder window using the dock. Now use the Command-N shortcut to open a new Finder window.
Alternatively, you can open another finder window by hovering the cursor over the Finder window icon on the dock and using the two-finger gesture on your trackpad to display the contextual menu. Click on the New finder window option from the list to open a new window.
4. On Terminal
You can open a new terminal window on your Mac in several ways. First, open the terminal application from the Utilities folder or perform a spotlight search for the same. Press the Command-N shortcut, and a new terminal window will pop up. However, the new window open will have the same profile as the previous one.
If you want to open a new terminal window with a separate profile, that process is a little different. Open a terminal window and click on Shell from the Menu bar; now select New window and choose a profile from the list. Another way to do this is to click Terminal on the Menu bar and select Preferences. Click on Profiles and select the profile that you want to use.
How to Open Folders in Windows Instead of Tabs on Mac?
By default, when you open folders within a Finder window, they open within the same window but in different tabs. To change this, open a finder window from the dock and click on Finder from the Menu bar.
Select Preferences from the list or use the Command-Comma to do the same. Uncheck the box next to the Open folders in tabs instead of new windows option. If you want to open a specific folder within a new window, you can hold down the Option key, select the folder and use the two-finger gesture to display more options. Here you will see the open in new window option; click on it, and the folder will open in a new window.
You can also hold down the Command key and double-click a folder to open it in a new tab within the same Finder window. You will be able to see the list of tabs after opening the folder.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can split your screen and open two windows at once on your Mac. Simply move your cursor to the minimize icon on the window’s top-left and choose between Tilt Windows to Left of Screen or Tilt Windows to Right of Screen. Once done, you will have two windows on the Mac.
To toggle between two tabs or Windows on Mac, you can use Shortcuts. You can press on Control + Tab or Control + Shift + Tab to switch between tabs either forward to backward. Or else you can even press Command + 1 or any number with it to shift to another window.
That’s it for this article, folks; now you know all the ways to open a new window on your Mac. As you have seen, the process of opening a new tab or new window is more or less the same among browsers and native applications like Finder.
There are several ways you can choose to create a new tab using a shortcut, inbuilt options, and dock shortcuts. We would recommend using the keyboard shortcut as it is the easiest, fastest, and most efficient way to open a new window on your Mac.
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