I accidentally split a tabbed terminal up into two windows and I can't figure out how to join it again. Google tells me that I should drag it until it gets translucent on some other version of OS X but that doesn't seem to be working.

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You have to select View » Show Tab Bar if it's not shown (possible if your window has only a single tab).

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Then drag all tab headers (just below the window title bar) straight up or down — not sideways — to initiate a drag of a tab across window bounds. Now you get the translucent "drag visual".

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Drag this to the other window, and the dragged tab will attach.

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Alternatively, you can always select Window » Merge All Windows from the menu.


Go to Terminal --> Windows -->"Merge All Windows"

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    Mar 23, 2020 at 3:34

It is possible to merge Terminal windows by using the top-level menu. Select Window → Merge All Windows.

Another way to achieve this without using the mouse is by adding a custom keyboard shortcut in System Preferences:

  1. Open System Preferences, Keyboard, Shortcuts tab (Screenshot)
  2. Select App Shortcuts and press the + button
  3. For the Application, choose Terminal.app from the list
  4. For the Menu Title, type this text exactly: Merge All Windows
  5. Choose whatever Keyboard Shortcut you want and press Add

Pro Tip: Start by selecting the Terminal window you want the others to merge into, then use the Merge All Windows function.

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