Tip #118

Use the Window Panel to get a tree-style overview of your Tabs.

Let’s say you want to get a tree-style view of your open tabs. All you need to do is open the Window Panel. Click on the Window Panel icon on the Panels bar and you will have a tree-style view of all your open tabs on one side of your browser window.

From the Window Panel, you can, for example, drag tabs to change their order. You can create a Tab Stack by dragging and dropping one tab over another. Also, you can even tile Tab Stacks to view them side-by-side by right-clicking the Tab Stack and select Tile from the context menu.

When you have so many tabs open that you can no longer see their titles on the Tab Bar, you can use the Window Panel to review and close the ones you no longer need. Just hover over the tab and click on the Close button on the right side.

If you want to hide the Tab Bar, the Window Panel is a good way to manage your tabs.

Tip #117

Assign your preferred key combinations to Keyboard Shortcuts.

Whether you’re used to a different shortcut, the default one is uncomfortable to use or the command you need doesn’t have a default shortcut, it’s easy to customize Vivaldi’s Keyboard Shortcuts to fit your preferences.

To add or change a keyboard shortcut:

  1. Go to Settings > Keyboard.
  2. Browse through the list of shortcuts to find the one you want to update.
  3. Click on the input field next to the shortcut’s name.
    If there’s already a shortcut that you want to remove, press ← Backspace to delete it.
  4. Press the key combination on the keyboard to set it as the new shortcut.

Tip #116

Save frequently used replies as Responses to write emails faster in Vivaldi Webmail.

In case you often have to send the same message in Vivaldi Webmail, you can save the message text as a Response instead of typing it every time.

To add a new response:

  1. In Vivaldi Webmail, go to  Settings > Responses and click on  Create above the Responses editor.
  2. Give the new response a name and type the message text.
  3. Click Save.

If you want to save a message you’ve written in the email composer as a response, click Responses on the menu above the email composer and select Create New Response.

To use a response:

  1. Click  Responses on the menu above the email composer.
  2. Select a saved response.

Tip #115

Add content to existing notes on Vivaldi for Android without opening the Notes Panel.

Selecting text on a web page and creating a note from it is an excellent feature in Vivaldi, but what if you want to add new lines from a web page to a note you have made in the past? You could copy the text, find the note in the Notes Panel and paste it there, but there’s a better way to do it on Vivaldi for Android:

  1. Select the text on a web page.
  2. Long press on the selection to open the context menu.
  3. If needed, tap on the 3 dot menu to show additional options and select Append to Note.
  4. Choose the note you want to add the text to.
  5. Tap on Done in the top right corner.

Tip #114

Play an old-school arcade game, Vivaldia, in the browser, even without an internet connection.

Vivaldia is a real 80s style arcade game built into the Vivaldi Browser. There for you whenever you want to take a break and enjoy a quick gaming session.

The game is available both on Vivaldi on desktop and Android and can be played even when you’re not connected to the internet.

To play the game, enter vivaldi://game in the browser’s Address Field. Press Space (on desktop) or tap the screen (on Android) to start the game.

For more detailed instructions about the gameplay, check the Help pages about Vivaldia on desktop and Vivaldia on Android.

Tip #113

Hide the Status Bar to give more space for page content.

Status Bar on the bottom edge of the browser window includes useful information and is the place to access many of Vivaldi’s key features. But sometimes being able to see those extra pixels on a page is more valuable. Or maybe you just like a clean minimalistic look. Hiding the Status Bar would be one way to achieve these goals.

To hide the Status Bar or display it again, use one of the following options:

  • Go to Settings > Appearance > Status Bar to decide whether to:
    • Always show the Status Bar;
    • Only show status info overlay;
    • Hide it completely.
  • Go to Vivaldi menu button Vivaldi Menu > View >  Show Status Bar.
  • Type “Status Bar” in Quick Commands.
  • Use the Keyboard Shortcut Ctrl+Shift+S / ⌘ / to toggle the visibility.
  • Create a Mouse Gesture for the action.

To still use the features on the Status Bar, consider moving the buttons you need to the Address Bar. Check out Tip #102 or the Help page about Editing Toolbars for instructions. Alternatively, look for other ways to access them, for example via the main Vivaldi menu or through shortcuts.

Tip #112

Right-click on History Back and Forward buttons to view and open recently visited pages.

To see which pages you’ve recently visited in the active tab, right-click or long-click on History Back and Forward buttons on the Address Bar. Click on the entry in the list to navigate to the page again.

If you want to stay on the current page, but also want to open a page from History, hold down the Shift key while clicking on an entry to open the link in a new tab. Hold down the Ctrl / Cmd key and click or click with you middle mouse button, if you want to open the link in a new background tab.

Vivaldi window with recently visited pages li

Tip #111

Enable automatic translation of selected text to see translations of web page content immediately in the Translate Panel.

With Vivaldi Translate you can translate full pages, but also just selected sections of the page. Translate Panel with the automatic translation option enabled makes translating short paragraphs a breeze.

To translate selected text automatically:

  1. Open the Translate Panel.
  2. Tick the box for Auto-translate selected text.
  3. Keep the panel open to see the translations.
  4. On a web page select some text for translation.

Tip #110

Choose which Forum categories you want to see in Unread and Recent.

The Vivaldi Forum is a busy place with discussions on lots of different topics. Not all of them may be relevant for you. For example, you’re probably not interested in topics in the local forum categories that have discussions in languages you don’t speak. If you wish, you can prevent topics from these categories from appearing in Recent and Unread pages of the Forum.

To unsubscribe (or re-subscribe) to a category:

  1. Navigate to the category on forum.vivaldi.net.
  2. From the menu above the list of topics (below subcategories, if there are any), click on the watched state menu.
  3. Select between:
    • Watching – shows topics both in Unread and Recent.
    • Not Watching – shows topics in Recent, but not in Unread.
    • Ignoring – doesn’t show topics neither in Unread nor Recent.

Unsubscribing from a category, unsubscribes you from all of its subcategories as well.

To get a complete overview of all topics and their watched states, go to https://forum.vivaldi.net/me/categories. There you can change the watched status for each category as well.

Vivaldi Forum's Watched Categories page with the options menu open for a category.

Tip #109

Clone a tab to create an exact copy of it.

Cloning a tab will make an exact copy of the tab, including its history. It’s a great way to keep the current tab as is and use the duplicated tab to keep browsing or to go back in history.

To clone a tab on desktop, use one of the following methods:

You can also clone multiple tabs at once, if you select the tabs before using one of the above commands. Cloned tabs will open in the background.

To clone a tab on Android:

  1. While the tab is open, open the Vivaldi menu.
  2. Select Clone tab.

After cloning you’ll be taken to the duplicated tab.

Tip #108

Make Panels float over page content instead pushing the content aside.

By default, opening and closing Panels will resize the web page to make space for the panel. But panels can also be made to float over the page content. Floating panels are useful when you briefly want to check something and don’t need to keep it open while working on the page. For example, Reading List Panel could be floating, since you’d only want to quickly add or open a web page from it, but then it should get out of the way again. While the Mail Panel with all the folders is useful to keep open on the side, without it covering anything.

To make all panels float:

  1. Go to Settings > Panel > Panel Options.
  2. Enable Floating Panel.

Alternatively, Shift + click on the Panel toggle button on the left side of the Status Bar.

To change the floating state only for specific panels:

  1. Right-click on the panel.
  2. Select Floating Panel > This Panel.
Top window with a non-floating panel and bottom window with a floating panel.

Tip #107

View web pages in dark mode on Vivaldi for Android.

Switching content into dark mode on big and small screens alike has become more and more popular and for a good reason. Dark mode is less straining on the eyes and improves readability of texts among other benefits.

To switch web pages into dark mode:

  1. Go to Vivaldi menu > Settings > Theme > Dark Web Pages.
  2. Toggle on Dark mode for Web Pages.

In case you need to “turn the lights on” for the current page, disable Dark Theme from the Vivaldi menu.

Vivaldi browser on two phones. One with the web page in light mode the second in dark mode.

Tip #106

Keep track of your downloads from Downloads Pop Out.

Downloads Panel is a great way to see past and current downloads. But if Panels aren’t your thing, you can add a Downloads button to one of the toolbars and view the saved files in a pop out dialog instead.

To add the button to a toolbar:

  1. Go to  Vivaldi menu > View > Customize Toolbar.
    Alternatively, right-click on one of the buttons on a toolbar and select Edit > Customize Toolbar.
  2. From Navigation Toolbar components, locate Downloads.
  3. Drag it to a toolbar. For example, to the right side of the Address Bar.

When you want to view your downloads, just click on the button to open the dialog.

Tip #105

Pause the internet and hide your browser content from others with Break Mode.

Whether you want to take a break from browsing or hide what you’re viewing from nearby people, Break Mode is here to help. Just press the Take a Break button on the left side of the Status Bar* to hide all content from view and display your Start Page background. When you’re ready to return to browsing, press the big play button in the middle of the screen.

Alternatively, use a Keyboard Shortcut, a Mouse Gesture or Quick Commands to enable and disable Break Mode.
* Don’t see the button? Right-click on the Status Bar, select Edit > Customize Toolbar and drag the button to one of the toolbars.

Vivaldi Browser window with break mode enabled.
Vivaldi Browser window with Break Mode enabled. Theme by Romilly.