Tip #288

Give the Search Field the space it needs by resizing it.

In addition to deciding what elements are displayed on your Vivaldi Browser’s toolbars, you can also adjust the size of some of them, for example, the Search Field on the Address Bar.

To resize the Search Field:

  1. Hover over the left edge of the Search Field.
  2. Click and drag the mouse left to make it bigger or right to make it smaller.

Tip #287

Open files stored on your computer in Vivaldi Browser.

Instead of switching between different apps while working on your computer, open local files in their own tab in the browser and work with everything in one place. It allows you to group, tile, and use many other features on both web pages and local files together.

To open a local file in Vivaldi, use one of the following methods:

  • Open the main Vivaldi menu > File > Open File (Ctrl + O / ⌘ O) and look for the file.
  • Drag the file from the File Manager/Finder to the browser window.
  • Type File:///C:/ (on Windows) or file:// (on macOS and Linux) in the Address Field and browse through the folders for the file.
  • Copy the file or folder path from File Manager/Finder to Vivaldi’s Address Field.

Tip #286

Hibernate Workspaces to reduce Vivaldi Browser’s memory usage.

With tabs being divided into multiple Workspaces, it’s easy to loose track of how many tabs you have open. Having tens, if not hundreds, of open tabs can use up a decent amount of memory, so it’s good to hibernate the Workspaces you’re not actively using.

To hibernate a Workspace:

  1. Open the Workspaces menu.
  2. Right-click on the Workspace you want to hibernate.
  3. Select Hibernate Workspace.

To hibernate all inactive Workspaces at once:

Vivaldi Browser window with Workspaces menu open, plus the context menu for one of the Workspaces highlighted.

Tip #285

Make the mail composer colors in Vivaldi Mail match your theme colors.

Whether you prefer the classic white background with black text or want the mail composer to match browser Themes, you have a choice in Vivaldi Mail.

To make the composer use your theme’s colors:

  1. Go to Settings > Mail > Mail Settings > Composer Colors.
  2. Enable Inherit Theme Colors.

The setting doesn’t affect the color of sent messages.

Vivaldi Mail composer divided into two. Left side showing black text on white. Right side showing colors inherited from the dark theme.

Tip #284

Skip download destination selection with multiple consecutive downloads by enabling default location updating.

Instead of saving all downloads in a single folder, you might prefer to select the most relevant download location for each file. But sometimes, when saving multiple files to the same location, having to choose the destination folder again and again can be tiring.

That’s why Vivaldi has a neat little setting, that updates the default download location whenever you save a file to a new location. That way, to download 10 similar files, you only have to select the destination folder once.

To enable it:

  1. Go to Settings > Downloads.
  2. Enable Update Default Location When Choosing Save as Location.
Download Settings in Vivaldi Browser. "Update Default Location When Choosing Save as Location" setting is highlighted.

Tip #283

Discover all the different ways you can open Private Tabs in Vivaldi on Android.

Private Tabs are a good option when you want to use the same service with two different accounts, hide your browsing activity from someone you’re sharing the device with, or any other reason. But before you can start browsing in a Private tab, you need to open one first.

Take a look at the list below to see the many ways you can do it in Vivaldi on Android:

  • Open the main menu and select “New private tab” (see image below).
  • Long press on the + Tab Switcher button and select “New private tab”.
  • Long press on the + New Tab button on the Tab Bar and select “New private tab”.
  • Open the Tab Switcher > Private Tabs and tap on the + New Tab button in the bottom right corner.
  • In any of the Tab Switcher views, open the ⋮ menu in the top right corner and select “New private tab”.
  • Long press on the Vivaldi icon on your mobile device’s home screen or app library and select “New private tab”.
  • Long press on a link on a web page and select “Open in private tab”.
Main menu in Vivaldi on Android open with New private tab option highlighted.

Tip #282

Filter blog posts by category on blogs.vivaldi.net.

The Community on Vivaldi.net writes blog posts on various different topics. We’ve created a number of categories blog authors can list their posts in. That way, readers can read posts on topics they’re interested in more easily and bloggers can increase the visibility of their content.

To see a selection of blog posts on the topic you’re interested in:

  1. Go to blogs.vivaldi.net.
  2. In the menu on the right side of the page, click on one of the categories.
  3. Browse blogs on the chosen topic.
Community blogs page open on the Gadgets category. List of categories is highlighted.

Tip #281

Duplicate the active tab and tile both in one step with Command Chains.

Do you regularly find yourself needing to work with content on the same page side by side? Normally you’d duplicate the tab first and then tile them, but with Vivaldi’s Command Chains, you can get to the tiled view much faster.

To set up this Command Chain:

  1. Go to Settings > Quick Commands > Command Chains.
  2. Add a new Command Chain.
  3. Add the following commands to the chain:
    1. Command 1 – Duplicate Selected Tabs.
    2. Command 2 – Tile Vertically/Horizontally.
  4. Create a Keyboard Shortcut, Mouse Gestures and/or add a custom button to a toolbar for executing the chain.
    Straight out of the box, you can type the chain’s name in Quick Commands.

Tip originally shared by our community member Pesala on the Vivaldi Forum.

Tip #280

Create custom shortcuts for switching to the next and previous Workspace.

Whether you prefer to use Keyboard Shortcuts, Mouse Gestures or Quick Commands, Vivaldi has got you covered. There are countless customizable shortcuts for commands in Vivaldi, including for Workspaces, that you can use to browse faster.

To create custom Keyboard Shortcuts for switching Workspaces:

  1. Go to Settings > Keyboard > Workspaces.
  2. Place the mouse in the input field next to “Next Workspace” or “Previous Workspace”.
  3. Press the keys you want to use for the shortcut.

To create custom Mouse Gestures for switching Workspaces:

  1. Go to Settings > Mouse > Gesture Mapping.
  2. Click on + New Gesture below the list of gestures.
  3. Type “Next Workspace” or “Previous Workspace” in the search field.
  4. Click Next.
  5. In the highlighted box, while holding down the left mouse button, draw the gesture path.
  6. Click Save Gesture.

If you like to use Quick Commands, just type “Next Workspace” or “Previous Workspace” in Quick Commands menu and press Enter to switch Workspaces.

Tip #279

Make your favorite search engine the default on Vivaldi on Android.

There are a lot of search engines you can use to find information on the internet. Vivaldi on Android comes with a good selection and allows you to set your preferred search engine as the default one, while still allowing you to quickly use others via Search Engine Nicknames.

To change the default search engines:

  1. Go to Vivaldi menu > Settings > General > Search Engine.
  2. Tap on the search engine of your choice to make it the default one.

If the search engine you like most isn’t listed, check Tip #230 to see how you can add more.

Search Engines settings page in Vivaldi on Android.

Tip #278

Disable image cropping in Vivaldi Social to always see images in their full size.

Posts with tall images will require you to scroll more to get to the next post in the feed and if there are many posts like that, you’ll end up scrolling a lot. That’s why they’re cropped by default. If the content seems interesting you can click on the image to see it in full.

If you prefer to always see images in their full size and don’t mind scrolling, you can disable the cropping. To do that:

  1. Go to Preferences > Post Layout.
  2. Disable “Crop images in non-expanded posts to 16×9”.
  3. Click “Save Changes” at the top or bottom of the page.
Two tabs of the same Vivaldi Social home feed page tiled side by side. On the left image cropping is enabled. On the right it's disabled.
Left: Image cropping enabled. Right: Image cropping disabled.

Tip #277

Install Vivaldi for Windows from Microsoft Store.

The best place to download Vivaldi for desktop is on vivaldi.com. If you can’t do that (e.g. you have Windows S Mode) or you prefer to install apps for Windows from their app store, you now have the option to install Vivaldi Browser also through the Microsoft Store.

To get it, search for “Vivaldi” in Microsoft Store on your Windows computer or click on “Get in Store app” on this link: https://apps.microsoft.com/store/detail/vivaldi-browser/XP99GVQDX7JPR4.

Vivaldi Browser app listing in Microsoft Store.

Tip #276

While cycling tabs with shortcuts, see a preview of tabs before switching to them by enabling the Tab Cycler.

You can cycle through open tabs with Keyboard Shortcuts Ctrl/⌘ + Tab and Ctrl/⌘ + Shift + Tab or by scrolling with the mouse wheel while holding down the right mouse button (see how in Tip #53). By default, as soon as you use the shortcut it will switch to the next tab, but you can also get a preview with the Tab Cycler before making the switch.

To enable the Tab Cycler:

  1. Go to Settings > Tabs > Tab Features > Tab Cycling.
  2. Enable Show Tab Cycler.

When the Tab Cycler has been enabled, you can also decide whether to display multiple tab previews at once or see the open tabs as a list and the preview of only the highlighted tab.

Tip #275

Make the Pop-Out Video window as big or small as you like.

Moving a video into an independent floating window is a good way to keep browsing the web while glancing at the video from the corner of your eye. Depending on how much space you have on your screen, you might want to make the video bigger or smaller.

To resize Pop-Out Video window:

  1. Move the mouse cursor to the edge of the video window.
  2. When you see a double headed arrow ↔ , click and drag to resize it.