| By Rebekka

Sometimes, when writing, your actual draft usually isn’t the only text you need. Depending on what you’re working on, you may have to refer frequently to other sheets containing things like research notes, summaries or character descriptions. On Mac, you can make use of tabs to keep all of this material in one window, easily accessible and saving lots of space.

Screenshot of Ulysses for Mac. Two tabs have been opened in Ulysses. One says “Material › The Sassafras” and the says “The Mysterious Island › CHAPTER I”.

To open a group or sheet in a new tab, go to the library or the sheet list, respectively, right-click it and select “Open in New Tab” from the context menu. To open a new empty tab, select “New Tab” from the File menu, or use the + icon in the tab bar, just as in Safari or Finder. (Please note that the tab bar is only visible when tabs are in use, or when “Show Tab Bar” is activated in the View menu.)

You can easily access and operate tabs via keyboard shortcuts as well:

  • ⌘T (cmd-T) to open a new tab
  • ⌃⇥ (control-tab) will switch to the tab on the right
  • ⌃⇧⇥ (control-shift-tab) opens the tab on the left

If you want the tab bar to disappear together with the rest of the toolbar when you're writing, go to the View menu and make sure “Always Show Toolbar” is switched off.

Tabs are flexible. You can, for example, turn any tab into a window: place your mouse on the tab you want to select and grab it. Then, drag it out of Ulysses’ window, onto your desktop. This will turn it into a new window, which you can then place anywhere you’d like.

GIF of Ulysses for Mac. One of the two tabs is being dragged out of the window, creating a new, separate Ulysses window.

You can also drag and drop tabs around between windows and turn all open windows into tabs by selecting “Merge All Windows” in the Window menu. 

Happy tabbing!

This article was last updated on March 23, 2018.


Keep multiple sheets at reach, and switch quickly between them