I've been seeing very odd behavior with current Safari on Mac. I've been trying to figure out exactly what's happening. I hope someone else is seeing similar odd behavior and we can somehow quantify it for a bug report to Apple.
In short, it seems as if Safari sometimes goes bonkers and does things I don't tell it to do. At first, I thought I had perhaps hit the wrong key combination. But now that it has happened multiple times, and I've become more attuned to the problem, I'm certain that Safari occasionally goes nuts and does random stuff. But it's very rare, and might happen once every few days at most.
It happened today, and I have a pretty firm grasp of what happened.
- I have four tabs open. I open a fifth tab and go to Google Drive. I open a sixth tab by opening a document in Google Drive. Everything is fine so far.
- I hit Command+W to close the Google Doc.
- The Google Doc closes, but now I'm looking at a newly opened tab, as if I also hit Command+T. Command+T is nowhere near Command+W, so this is impossible.
- I hit Command+W to close the new tab, but I get a warning telling me I have five open tabs, and do I really want to close them all? So now I'm pretty stumped, because I can't figure out why Command+W would try to close all my tabs. So I dig around and investigate. It turns out that I have somehow managed to show the sidebar. The keyboard shortcut for that is Command+Shift+L, and again, there's no way I could've hit that key combination by accident.
My conclusion is that, by hitting Command+W to close my Google Doc, both Command+T and Command+Shift+L were invoked and executed.
Yes, it's entirely possible that my keyboard might be failing. However, this behavior is new with the version of Safari that came with Monterey, and I don't experience the problem with any other apps - just Safari.
Is anyone seeing anything remotely like this? How would I describe something like this to Apple? They will certainly come back with "we can't reproduce it". Thanks for any insights.