Tip #528

Add flair to your posts on Vivaldi Social with Vivaldi’s very own emojis.

In addition to the basic emoji set, Mastodon, instances can add custom emojis. We’ve added some Vivaldi-related emojis to Vivaldi Social, including Vivaldi logos, our loveable lava ball Tony, and Vivaldia. You can also find these emojis on the Vivaldi Forum.

To use Vivaldi emojis:

  1. Click on the πŸ™‚ “Insert emoji” button in the top right corner of the post editor on Vivaldi Social.
  2. Scroll past your frequently used and other custom emojis to the Vivaldi section.
  3. Click on the emoji you want to add to your post.
Emoji picker menu on Vivaldi Social. Arrow points at Vivaldi's custom emojis.

Tip #527

Encrypt emails you send via Vivaldi Webmail.

To ensure top-notch privacy for your email correspondence, you can encrypt the emails you send from Vivaldi Webmail.

To set up encryption in Vivaldi Webmail:

  1. Enable encryption options in Settings > Preferences > Encryption.
  2. Create or import PGP keys.
  3. Share public keys with people you want to have encrypted conversations with.
  4. Encrypt emails when composing new messages.

For detailed instructions for each step, check out the article about email encryption on Vivaldi Help.

Key passphrase dialog in Vivaldi Webmail shown to decrypt an incoming email.

Tip #520

Browse additional Themes from the same author on Vivaldi Themes.

When you find a beautiful theme created by one of our community members in the Vivaldi Themes gallery and like the author’s style, browse their other themes to find even more gorgeous creations.

To view all themes by the author:

  1. Go to themes.vivaldi.net and look for one you like.
  2. Click on the theme to view its page.
  3. In the theme information section, click on the name next to “Made by”.
A theme page with an arrow pointing at the author's name.

Tip #510

Mark Vivaldi Forum notifications as read without opening them.

When someone replies to a topic you’ve commented on on the Vivaldi Forum, then of course you want to see what they say and you click on the notification to be taken to the topic. But some notifications are just informational. In that case, you can mark them read without opening the topic.

To mark a notification as read:

  1. Open the notifications menu.
  2. Click on the little circle above the notification time on the right side.

To mark all notifications read, click on “Mark all read” at the bottom of the list.

Vivaldi Forum with Notifications menu open.

Tip #506

Enable confirmation dialogs on Vivaldi Social to prevent unwanted actions.

Even if you can undo some things, it’s better to prevent them in the first place. That’s why on Vivaldi Social, you can choose to be asked to confirm your decision before boosting or deleting posts, and before unfollowing an account.

To enable confirmation dialogs:

  1. Go to Preferences > Appearance > Confirmation Dialogs.
  2. Tick the boxes to enable showing the confirmation dialog before:
    • unfollowing someone,
    • boosting a post,
    • deleting a post.
Confirmation dialog on Vivaldi Social shown before boosting a post.

Tip #503

Replace icons on menu buttons with text labels in your Vivaldi.net blog’s editor.

Having too many icons can sometimes make things confusing. To make it clear what one or the other button on your Vivaldi blog editor’s menus does, you can opt to display text labels instead of icons.

To switch from icons to text:

  1. Open the blog post editor on your Vivaldi.net blog.
  2. Click on the Options menu in the top right corner.
  3. Select Preferences.
  4. In General > Appearance, toggle on “Show button text labels”.
Vivaldi.net blog editor with text on buttons instead of icons.

Tip #496

Edit your Vivaldi Forum posts to add more information and correct mistakes.

Reading back what you posted to the Vivaldi Forum and you’re not happy with it? Use the edit option to fix that typo, clarify your point, and more.

To update your post on the Vivaldi Forum:

  1. Go to the topic and find the post you want to edit.
  2. Click on 3 dot menu button in the bottom right corner of the post (next to Reply, Quote, and upvoting options).
  3. Select “Edit” from the menu.
  4. Make your changes to the post.
  5. Click “Submit”.

Tip #491

Choose whether to start watching Forum topics you create and engage with automatically or not.

When you “watch” topics on the Vivaldi Forum, you’ll receive notifications whenever someone replies to the discussion. You can start watching topics manually or be added as a watcher automatically after you’ve posted.

To change the default watch settings:

  1. Click your profile image in the top right corner and select “Settings” from the menu, or head over to https://forum.vivaldi.net/me/settings.
  2. In the “Watch” section, tick the boxes for “Watch topics you create” and/or “Watch topics that you reply to” if you want to receive notifications, or untick the boxes if you don’t want to be added as a watcher to the topic.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Save changes”.
Vivaldi Forum settings page

Tip #485

Follow hashtags on Vivaldi Social to see posts on the topic on your Home feed.

Since on Mastodon, there aren’t any algorithms deciding what content to show you, you need to actively follow accounts and hashtags to fill up your Vivaldi Social Home feed with interesting posts.

To find which hashtags to follow:

  • See which hashtags others have added to their posts.
  • Search for hashtags.
  • Browse trending hashtags on the Explore page.

To follow a hashtag:

  1. Click on the hashtag to view recent posts using the hashtag.
  2. Near the top right corner, click on “Follow hashtag”.
A hashtag page open in Vivaldi Social. "Follow hashtag" button is highlighted.

Tip #478

Show off your personality and what your blog is about with a custom header image.

Give your blog on Vivaldi.net a look that reflects you and the topics you’re blogging about – from theme colors to fonts, a logo, and a header image. In this tip, let’s find out how to add the latter.

To add a header image to your blog:

  1. Click “Customize” on the top menu bar of your blog or go to Dashboard > Appearance > Customize.
  2. Go to the Header Image section.
  3. Click “Add New Image” to upload a new image, select one from your Media Library, or search for an image using Instant Images. Alternatively, select a premade color gradient as the header image.
  4. If needed, change the blog title color.
  5. Click “Publish” to save the changes.
Blog customization page open on the header image section.

Tip #474

Fine-tune your notification settings on Vivaldi Social per activity and notification type.

You can receive a notification about many things happening on Vivaldi Social. For example, when someone boosts your post, mentions you in their post, requests to follow you, etc. You probably care about some notifications more than others, so make use of the settings to decide what kind of notifications you get and how.

To edit notification settings:

  1. Go to your Notifications page.
  2. Click “Show settings” in the top right corner of the Notifications column.
  3. Toggle notifications on and off as you wish.

To learn about email notifications, check out Tip #374.

Notification settings open in Vivaldi Social.

Tip #472

Import contacts from vCard and CSV files to Vivaldi Webmail.

Bring your address book over to your Vivaldi account and add new contacts any time from the Contacts page in Vivaldi Webmail and send emails in a breeze.

To import contacts to Vivaldi Webmail:

  1. Open the Contacts page in Vivaldi Webmail.
  2. Click onΒ ImportΒ on the menu above the contact view.
  3. In the importer window, choose your contacts file.
  4. Select the contact group to add the new contacts to.
  5. ClickΒ Import.
Import contacts window open in Vivaldi Webmail.