Tip #190

Enable search suggestions to get suggestions from the search engine as you type.

Search Engines can show you suggestions as you type the search query in the Address or Search Field. It can make searching faster. The way it works, however, is that everything you type is sent to the search engine. Since it can be quite revealing, in Vivaldi, the setting to show suggestions is not enabled by default. But since we are all about giving users options, you can choose to enable it if you prefer convenience over privacy.

To enable search suggestions:

  1. Go to Settings > Search > Allow Search Suggestions.
  2. Depending where you want to get suggestions, enable the setting for the Address Field and/or the Search Field.
    In the Address Field, to limit what you type from being sent to the search engine, you can enable suggestions to be shown only when you first enter the Search Engine Nickname.

Read more about Search Suggestions and their privacy implications on our blog.

Tip #189

Mark incoming Mail messages automatically as read.

Not all messages you receive are equally important. For example, you might be subscribed to updates or newsletters that are good to have, but don’t need immediate attention. Having less unread messages is less intimidating and important messages will be more noticeable.

To create a filter in Vivaldi Mail to mark messages as read:

  1. Go to Settings > Mail > Mail Filters.
  2. Click  Add Mail Filter at the bottom of filters list.
  3. Give the filter a name.
  4. Define the criteria for filtering. For example, all emails with a certain subject or all emails sent from a specific email address.
  5. Click Add to Search.
  6. If you wish, add additional criteria.
  7. Click Add Action.
  8. Select Mark as read.
  9. Click Add Mail Filter.
Vivaldi Mail settings - new filter creation in process.

Tip #188

Create independent apps from websites by installing them as Progressive Web Apps.

If you like to use web services in their own app, give Progressive Web Apps (PWA) in Vivaldi Browser a try. They can be opened from shortcuts and used in their own window separate from the main browser.

To install a website as a PWA:

  1. In a tab, open the website you want to install.
  2. While the site is open in the active tab, right-click on the tab on the Tab Bar.
  3. Select Install [website name] from the context menu.
  4. Click Install in the small pop up asking you to confirm your action.

In case you don’t see the option to install the website in the context menu, the website doesn’t support running as a PWA. In that case, while the site is open in the active tab:

  1. Choose Create a shortcut from the context menu instead.
  2. Tick the box for Open as Window.
  3. Click Create.
Vivaldi Social open in Vivaldi Browser. On the foreground, the tab's context menu has been opened and the option to install the site as a Progressive Web App has been highlighted.

Tip #187

Use an alternative option from Google Play to install Vivaldi on Android.

The most common and convenient place to install Vivaldi on Android is from Google Play. If you can’t or don’t want to use Google Play, there are a few alternative ways to install Vivaldi on your mobile device.

First of all, there are two alternative app stores you can choose from:

The second option involves downloading and installing the APK version of Vivaldi. Before you can install Vivaldi from an APK file, though, allow the installation of APKs either by enabling developer mode on your phone or by giving certain apps (like a browser app) permission to download and install APKs. If you don’t do that before, you’ll be prompted to change the settings once you open the APK file.

To install Vivaldi:

  1. Go to https://vivaldi.com/android/.
  2. On the page, click on “Don’t have Google Play?“.
  3. Download the APK file.
  4. Open the file on your mobile device.
  5. Click Install.

Please note that updates via .apk install are not automatic and you need to download and install the latest version after every new release. To ensure you are aware of the latest fixes and security updates, we strongly advise subscribing to our Newsletter or RSS feed, or following our official social media channels.

Tip #186

Add a new folder to your mail account from the Mail Panel.

Messages can be organized using Filters, Flags and Labels, but the classic option is folders. You can add new folders in the email account’s web interface or in a client where the account has been set up.

To add a new IMAP folder in Vivaldi Mail:

  1. Open the Mail Panel.
  2. In All Accounts section, right-click on the account you want to add the folder for.
  3. Select Create Folder from the context menu.
  4. Give the new folder a name.
  5. Click Create Folder.
Vivaldi Mail with the mail account's context right-click context menu open in Mail Panel to create a new IMAP folder highlighted.

Tip #185

Bookmark posts on Vivaldi Forum to find them easily later.

Whether you’ve come across instructions for something, an interesting argument, feature request you want to keep an eye on or something else, you can bookmark the post on the Vivaldi Forum. Then, when you need it, you can just go to your bookmarks to revisit the post, instead of searching through thousands of posts.

To bookmark a forum post:

  1. Make sure you’re logged in to your Vivaldi account.
  2. Below the post you want to bookmark, on the right side, click on the menu button.
  3. Select Bookmark.

The number next to the menu option lets you know, how many others have already bookmarked the same post.

A topic on the Vivaldi Forum open in the Vivaldi Browser. Post menu with the bookmark option is open and highlighted.

To view your bookmarks:

  1. Go to your Forum profile.
  2. On the bottom edge of your profile’s cover image, on the right, click on the menu button in a blue circle.
  3. Select Bookmarks.

Alternatively, go to https://forum.vivaldi.net/me/bookmarks.

Tip #184

Hover your mouse over the Tab Bar and scroll to switch tabs.

In Tip #53 we told you how to switch tabs with right-click and scroll. In this post we’re sharing another tab switching option using your mouse’s scroll wheel.

To use the feature:

  1. Go to Settings > Tabs > Tab Features > Tab Cycling.
  2. Enable Switch Tabs by Scrolling.

To switch tabs:

  1. Hover your mouse cursor over the Tab Bar.
  2. Use the mouse’s scroll wheel to go through the list of open tabs.

Tip #183

Combine Vivaldi on Windows with Razer Chroma to make browsing more immersive and personal.

If Santa brought you new Razer Chroma gear for your computer, you can include Vivaldi in the color play. When Razer Chroma devices have been connected, your Theme‘s accent color will be reflected on the devices.

To enable Razer Chroma integration:

  1. Make sure your Chroma devices are connected to your computer.
  2. Go to Settings > Themes > Razer Chroma Theme Integration.
  3. Click Enable Razer Chroma Integration.
  4. Select the devices you want to sync with Vivaldi.

Make it more fun by enabling Accent from Page in your active theme’s settings or by setting up theme scheduling.