Open Multiple Websites Automatically Every Time You Launch Safari

Like most people, I have a morning routine. I wake up, check Twitter, check Instagram, shower, check Twitter, check Instagram, eat breakfast, check Twitter, check Instagram, then check several websites for news and industry trends. While I can't do much about my obsession with social networking, I can do a little something to make my web browser routine a little more pleasant.

There are about 8 websites that I check each morning. Opening Safari, then manually browsing to 8 different websites (creating a new window or tab for each one) can be a time-consuming process. Here's a tip to avoid that wasteful activity.

The first thing we need to do is create a new Bookmarks folder. For this example, we'll call it "Tech News" (you may choose to call yours "Sports" or "Finance"). This folder will be the basis for new Safari sessions (more on that shortly).

Once I have created the new folder, it's time to start adding websites to the folder. Doing this is simple... go to your favorite website. Once it has loaded, press and hold on the "[+]" button to the left of the address bar, then choose the destination folder. Since we are building our new folder, you will want to choose that folder as the destination. Repeat this process until you have added several websites to your new folder.

Here's where the real magic happens. Go to Safari | Preferences... and click on the General button. Click on the "New windows open with:" drop down list, and select "Choose tabs folder...". When prompted, select the new folder you just created.

Now, each time you open a new Safari window, the websites within your new folder will automatically open, each website on their own tab.

For visual learnings, here's a video showing you the process, step-by-step. I will only be adding two websites to my list, but you will get the idea.

Posted on September 11, 2014 and filed under How To, Mac.