8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 27, 2011 8:33 PM by Terrin
dance2noise005 Level 1 (10 points)
Has anyone developed or come across an extension for the Tabs on Top in Safari 5?

This was a great feature, and it deserves to come back. Especially for those with laptops!!

Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • baltwo Level 9 (62,210 points)
    Not that I'm aware of, but then I prefer the current implementation. You're in a minority, that's why Apple reverted back.
  • applesuper Level 1 (0 points)
    No, you are wrong, tabs on top is what most people want and that's why chrome has been such a hit, had apple kept the beta test they would have been more successful. They just didn't give it the time for people to realize how good it was.

    I wish someone develops an extension for this.
  • baltwo Level 9 (62,210 points)
    Your opinion, not borne out by what happened. Most find tabs on top to cumbersome because moving the mouse from the window through all the various other tool bar items to get to another tab isn't intuitive or time-saving. That's what the uproar was all about. http://www.webdevelopersnotes.com/articles/apple-mac-web-browser-stats.php belies your opinion of chrome on Macs.
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (102,820 points)

    You can provide feedback here.

  • Bob Pankratz Level 1 (0 points)
    I find it totally hilarious that safari is now the only major web browser that doesn't have tabs on top.
  • bioadam Level 1 (10 points)
    Top tabs save screen space and make sense if you consider each tab a separate browser instance. Hopefully they will return in Safari 6.
  • matthardwick Level 1 (0 points)

    You might have been right a few years ago, but these days most people realise that tabs at the top is a much better implimentation of the feature.

  • Terrin Level 1 (120 points)

    I wish there was an extension. Safari Beta 4 was great because of the Tabs on Top. I loved it. Further, Apple violated its beta testers trust by removing tabs on top. First, Jobs touted the feature as great. I took his word for it and gave it a shot. He was right. Then Apple broke with Beta testing etiquette by actually removing a feature. Beta testing is supposed to be about removing bugs, not majorly changing a design. 


    Contrary to what some posted here, various surveys showed the split between those who liked it and those who didn't was about even. However, many popular writers like Pogue disliked not the Tabs on Top, but Apple's implementation of it. The same people generally liked how Google did it.  I think Apple chickened out because of people like Pogue and Mossberg trashing it. It was an odd moment that Apple didn't stick with its gut feeling on something. Apple radically made interface changes with just about all of its programs over time, including with OSX. People always complained. Given time people would have loved tabs on top. It couldn't have hurt considering Apple's dismal browser share.


    Like many things, Apple could have responded much better. It could have left Tabs on Top with the option to revert to the old way as a preference. Further, in the Beta Apple had a hidden option to use the browser with either tabs on top or the old way. You could use the terminal to choose your preference. Apple has many hidden options you can turn on using either the terminal or a third party tool like Tinker Tools. Apple should have provided an option being that it touted the features, the beta contained it, and many users like it.


    I primarly use Firefox now because of the Tabs on Top (Version 5, any version before was unusable for me). I don't use Chorme because it calls home too much.I'd love to go back to Safari, but Tabs on Top just looks better and saves space. It makes more sense too as the eye naturally looks for tabs on the top of things like in a file cabinet.