Tip #376

Create a Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse Gesture to toggle Reader View on and off faster.

Enabling Reader View when reading an article online is a great way to remove distractions and adjust the text for comfortable reading. In Tip #91, we showed you how to enable Reader View from the Address Bar and where to adjust the settings. This tip is about toggling Reader View on and off as fast as possible with shortcuts.

To create a Keyboard Shortcut:

  1. Go to Settings > Keyboard > Page.
  2. Find “Toggle Reader View” and focus on the input field.
  3. Press the key combination you want to use.

To create a Mouse Gesture:

  1. Go to Settings > Mouse > Gesture Mapping.
  2. Click on + New Gesture.
  3. Start typing “Toggle Reader View” to find the command.
  4. Click “Next”.
  5. Hold down the left mouse button and draw the gesture you want to use in the box outlined in red.
  6. Click “Save Gesture”.

Then, whenever you want to switch to Reader View, just use the shortcut you created.

Tip #375

Embark on a fun adventure in the new chapter of Vivaldi’s arcade game Vivaldia 2.

While we’re busy making a browser, our friends at Porcelain Fortress have been working hard on a follow-up to the Vivaldia game. In Vivaldia 2, the game world is bigger, the enemies stronger, and the game a lot more adventurous. While the first game could only be played in the Vivaldi browser (see Tip #144), the new game is available on the web and Steam.

To play Vivaldia 2 on the web, go to https://vivaldi.com/games/vivaldia2/.

To get the game on Steam, head over to https://store.steampowered.com/app/2623150/Vivaldia_2/.

Have fun! 😎

Tip #374

Never miss a thing by enabling email notifications on Vivaldi Social.

You don’t need to keep checking Vivaldi Social to see whether someone has started following you or mentioned you in one of their posts. By enabling email notifications, you can go about your day as normal and get a message whenever something important related to your account has happened.

To review your email notification settings:

  1. Go to Preferences > Notifications > Events for email notifications.
  2. Tick and untick the boxes for the following notification options:
    • Someone followed you,
    • Someone requested to follow you,
    • Someone boosted your post,
    • Someone favorited your post,
    • Someone mentioned you.

Normally, e-mail notifications won’t be sent when you are actively using Mastodon, but if you wish to receive email notifications regardless of your online status, you can additionally enable “Always send e-mail notifications”.

Notification preferences in Vivaldi Social.

Tip #373

Create templates for frequent, but not recurring events in Vivaldi Calendar.

If you frequently add the same kind of event (birthday, doctor’s appointment, meeting, etc.) but it doesn’t occur regularly so you can’t set recurrence to it, you can use event templates to speed up adding new events instead.

To create a template:

  1. Go to Settings > Calendar > Event Templates.
  2. Click on Add Template below the list of existing templates.
  3. Fill out the event details.
  4. Click Save.

Alternatively, you can create a new template directly from the event editor > Templates > Create New Event Template.

Event template creation in Calendar Settings.

Tip #372

Do you remember your encryption password for Vivaldi Sync? Reset it if you’ve forgotten it.

Your synced browser data in Vivaldi is end-to-end encrypted. To decrypt it, you need to know the encryption password you set up on your first Sync use. Should you be in a situation where you no longer have the browser data stored locally (e.g. after an operating system reset) on any devices and you’ve forgotten the encryption password, there’s unfortunately no way to restore the data.

So, while everything is still alright, make sure you have the encryption password memorized or stored in a safe location. In case you’ve forgotten the encryption password, you can easily reset it without data loss on a device that has your browser data accessible locally.

To reset Sync’s encryption password:

  1. Go to Settings > Sync.
  2. Click on “Reset Remote Data”.
  3. Click “Delete Sync Data” in the dialog that appears.
  4. Set a new encryption password for your data.
  5. Start syncing from fresh.

Sync settings in Vivaldi with Reset Remote Data button highlighted.

Tip #371

Keep up with our news directly in the browser, by making use of the built-in Feed Reader.

Do you want to stay up to date with our latest news, fun and informative stories, and freshest Snapshots? Our blog is where you’ll find it all. To be notified of a new post, add Vivaldi Blog to the Feed Reader right in your browser.

To subscribe to Vivaldi Blog:.

  1. Go to https://vivaldi.com/blog/.
    You can also subscribe to specific blog categories, e.g. Snapshots. In that case, navigate to the category page you want to subscribe to.
  2. Click on the “Page Offers Feeds” button on the right side of the Address Field.
  3. Hover over “Vivaldi Browser Β» Feed – RSS” or “Vivaldi Β» your chosen catgeory Β» Feed – RSS”.
  4. Select either Subscribe or, if you want to see which posts are included in the feed, Preview.
  5. If you chose to preview the feed first, click on Subscribe on top of the preview page.

Tip #370

Make it clear what you’re replying to by quoting the forum post in your response.

In buzzing Forum discussions, it can become a little unclear which comment you’re replying to when you don’t reference the post in your response. To make it easier to follow discussions, you can quote the post or parts of it in your own post.

To quote a post on the Forum:

  1. Find a comment you want to reply to.
  2. Click “Quote” below the post on the right side.

You can even quote posts from other topics:

  1. Find a topic you want to post in.
  2. Click “Reply” to open the post editor.
  3. While keeping the editor open, navigate to the post you want to quote.
  4. Click “Quote” below the post on the right side.

Quoting will add the author’s name, the link to the topic it was posted in, and the post’s contents to your post’s editor. If the quoted post is very long, you can delete the irrelevant parts.

A page on the Vivaldi Forum with Reply, Quote and Upvote buttons highlighted.

Tip #369

To select the link in the Address Field on activation or not? The choice is yours.

When focusing on the Address Field are you more likely to type in something new or to edit the existing link? By default the current address is selected, so you can start typing a new address or a search term right away, but if you’d rather keep the address in the Address Field to edit it, you can disable automatic address selection.

To update your Address Field preferences:

  1. Go to Settings > Address Bar > Address Field Options.
  2. Disable “Select Address on Activation”.

When disabled, the mouse cursor will be placed where you click in the Address Field.

Tip #368

Filter search results on Vivaldi Social using search operators.

When you add a # in front of your search term (without spaces) on Vivaldi Social, it’ll search for posts with that hashtag. When you add an @, it will look for matching usernames. But there are many operators that you can additionally use to filter search results. See the full list below:

  • has:media – Shows posts with attachments (images, audio, video).
  • has:poll – Shows posts with a poll.
  • has:embed – Shows posts with links that display embedded media (for example, YouTube or PeerTube)
  • language:fr using language codes – Shows posts in the specified language.
  • is:reply – Shows posts that are replies to other posts.
  • is:sensitive – Shows posts that are marked as sensitive.
  • from:user – Shows posts from the specified user.
  • from:me – Shows your own posts.
  • in:all – Shows results from posts that are visible to you.
  • in:library – Shows posts you have made and/or interacted with.
  • before:YYYY-MM-DD – Shows posts that were published before the specified date.
  • during:YYYY-MM-DD – Shows posts that were published on the specified date.
  • after:YYYY-MM-DD – Shows posts that were published after the specified date.
Vivaldi Social's Search field with its dropdown menu highlighted on the Explore page.

Tip #367

Match Vivaldi’s App Icon with your iPhone’s and iPad’s style.

Vivaldi on iOS offers a selection of App Icons for you to choose from. Your chosen icon will be displayed on the home screen, in the App Library, and elsewhere where Vivaldi is displayed.

To choose a custom App Icon:

  1. Go to the Vivaldi menu > Settings > App Icon.
  2. Tap on the icon you’d like to use for Vivaldi.
  3. Tap “OK” to confirm your decision.
App Icon settings in Vivaldi on iOS (on the right) and the custom icon displayed on the home screen.

Tip #366

Never miss an event by setting default reminders for your events in Vivaldi Calendar.

So you created an event in your Vivaldi Calendar, but still missed it because you didn’t check your Calendar at the right time? To prevent this from happening again, set reminders for your events. You can add one manually for each event or you can set default reminders for all events.

To set default reminders:

  1. Go to Settings > Calendar > Calendar Editing.
  2. Choose how much before you should be reminded of upcoming events.

You can set separate reminders for regular and all-day events.

Calendar settings in Vivaldi.

Tip #365

Add Custom Search Engines to Vivaldi on desktop manually in the browser’s Settings.

Vivaldi comes with a selection of Search Engines, many of which generate revenue for us, which helps us keep doing what we’re doing. But you can also add your own Search Engines to Vivaldi, such as scientific journal databases, favorite shopping sites, dictionaries, news sites, and almost any other website that has a search field on it.

We shared a quick way of adding new Search Engines in Tip #74. That option doesn’t work on every website, though, so another option is to add one manually.

To add new Search Engines manually:

  1. Do a search on the website you want to add.
  2. In the search results page link, replace the search keyword with %s or %S.
    For example, https://help.vivaldi.com/?s=workspaces >>> https://help.vivaldi.com/?s=%s.
  3. Copy the link.
  4. Go to Settings > Search > Search Engines.
  5. Click on βž• Add Search Engine below the list of existing Search Engines.
  6. Give the new Search Engine a name and a short nickname.
  7. Paste the link in the URL field.

Now you can type the Search Engine Nickname followed by your search keyword(s) in the Address Field and get to results much faster.

Search Engine settings in Vivaldi on desktop.

Tip #364

Create a schedule to change Themes automatically throughout the day.

Whether just for some variety or to give subtle hints about the time to yourself, you can make your Vivaldi browser on desktop switch the themes automatically according to your set schedule.

To schedule Themes:

  1. Go to Settings > Themes > Theme Schedule.
  2. Enable “Manual Schedule”.
  3. Adjust the timeslot lengths by using the sliders between them.
  4. Click on “Add” to create additional timeslots.
  5. Select a theme for each.
Theme Scheduling settings in Vivaldi browser.

Tip #363

View 2 websites side by side in Vivaldi on Android.

Tiling tabs is very popular on the desktop version of Vivaldi, but did you know you can tile 2 web pages on Vivaldi on Android as well?

To view 2 sites side by side:

  1. Open a new Vivaldi window following the instructions in Tip #180.
  2. Open your Android device’s app switcher.
  3. Long press on the logo of one of the Vivaldi windows.
  4. Select “Open in split screen view” from the menu that opens.
  5. Select the other Vivaldi window to display it on the other half of the screen.

You can even resize the tiles by moving the line dividing the two windows.

Vivaldi on Android with 2 Vivaldi windows tiled.