Here’s how to restore the old Safari tab bar in the beta of macOS Monterey – for now


Safari’s new design in macOS Monterey has been controversial to say the least. The new design is radically different from previous versions of Safari, with features like color adaptability, a dynamic URL bar, and buttons crammed into a single three-dot list. Fortunately, the Twitter user Zhuowei Zhang found a way to bring back the old design if you’re not happy with the new one.

This could all be a temporary fix, as Apple could easily remove this ability in a later beta of Monterey. But bringing back the Big Sur Safari design isn’t too difficult. In fact, all you need to do is create a new plist file in the macOS library.

If you are running macOS Monterey beta, you can follow Zhuowei’s steps on their Github page to bring back the design inherited from Safari’s tab bar. You will need to copy and paste a code snippet that turns off the “UnifiedBar” feature flag. Once you’ve created the file, be sure to restart your Mac to allow the change to take effect.

Once you have followed the steps in Zhuowei, you will find your fully customizable old-fashioned tab bar in Safari. While Apple may remove this in the future, the fact that it is possible suggests that the team might consider a user switch to switch between the two layouts.

What do you think of the new Safari design in macOS Monterey? Are you going to try to revert the old design of your Safari? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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