How to Show or Hide the Tab Bar on an iPad

When you browse on a mobile device like your iPhone or iPad, it’s possible for you to have multiple tabs open at once. Typically you may be used to touching the Tabs button and navigating between those tabs from that menu, but your iPad can actually show a tab bar at the top of the window that you can use to navigate as well.

This tab bar consists of small gray rectangles below the address bar that identify each of the open tabs. By pressing one of those rectangles you can switch to that tab. But if you aren’t seeing that tab bar, or if you would like to remove it so that you can see more of your Web pages on the screen, then our guide below will show you how to make that change.

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How to Enable or Disable the Tab Bar in Safari on an iPad

The steps in this article were performed on a 6th generation iPad using iOS 12.2. By completing the steps in this guide you will be adjusting the display of the tab bar, which is identified in the image below.

safari ipad tab bar

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open ipad settings

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Safari option from the column at the left side of the screen.

open ipad safari menu

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Show Tab Bar to adjust whether or not it’s displayed. I have the tab bar enabled in the image below.

how to show tab bar in safari on ipad

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