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 #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 #360

Exclude accounts you’ve added to Lists from your Vivaldi Social Home feed.

Lists are a great way to group similar accounts and view them together. By default, posts from all accounts you follow will show up in the Home feed, but there is an option to exclude accounts you’ve added to Lists.

To hide Lists’ posts from Home:

  1. Go to a list’s page.
  2. Click on “Show Settings”,
  3. Toggle on “Hide these posts from home”.
Lists page with settings open and "Hide these posts from home" highlighted.

Tip #358

Make use of the blogging platform’s Spotlight mode to focus on the block you’re working on.

Do you sometimes find it hard to write a post on your Vivaldi blog? Look into Spotlight mode. It dims out all other blocks in the post/page editor, helping you keep your attention on the block you’re currently working on.

To enable Spotlight mode:

  1. In the top right corner of the editor, click on Options.
  2. Enable Spotlight mode.
Vivaldi blog editor with Spotlight mode enabled. Options menu is open on the side.

Tip #355

Opt into including your public posts in search results on Vivaldi Social.

If you’d like your posts on our Mastodon instance, Vivaldi Social, to reach every corner of the Fediverse, you can allow your public posts to be included in search results.

To opt in:

  1. Go to Preferences > Privacy and reach > Search.
  2. Enable “Include public posts in search results”.

If you want to exclude a specific post from search, set the post’s privacy to “Unlisted”, “Followers Only” or “Mentioned people only”.

Vivaldi Social's privacy and reach settings. "Include public posts in search results" option is highlighted.

Tip #351

Mark Forum topics read without opening them.

It’s natural that not all discussions on the Vivaldi Forum can be relevant or interesting to you. To keep the Unread feed clean, you can mark one or more topics read without opening them.

To mark topics read:

  1. On the Unread page, click on the profile images of the topic starters. A green checkmark should replace the profile image.
  2. Above the list of topics, on the right, click on “Mark as Read”.
  3. In the drop-down menu, click on “Selected”.

If you accidentally marked a topic as read, you should be able to find the topic fairly easily again from Recent topics.

Vivaldi Forum's Unread page with some topics selected and "Mark as Read" menu open.

Tip #342

Show off your personality with a cover image on your Forum profile.

When you’ve been on the Forum for a bit and have managed to earn a couple of reputation points, you can start customizing your profile. One way to add some character to your account is by adding a cover image to your profile.

To upload a cover image:

  1. Go to your Forum’s profile on https://forum.vivaldi.net/me.
  2. Hover over the cover image and click on the Upload button on the left.
  3. Click on “Choose File” to select the image file.
  4. Click Upload.
  5. If needed, rotate, flip and/or crop the image.
  6. Click “Crop and upload”.

If you want to adjust the image, hover over the cover again and click on the middle button with arrows to move the image. Click “Save” when you’re satisfied with the result.

Vivaldi Forum profile with a landscape picture as the cover and cover image editing buttons visible.

Tip #338

Hide boosts on Vivaldi Social to only see original posts from the account you follow.

Is an account you follow on Vivaldi Social boosting a little too many posts by other authors while you’re only interested in the posts they make? If that’s the case, you can easily hide their boosts.

To hide boosts from someone:

  1. Go to the account’s profile.
  2. Click on the Menu button next to the Unfollow and Notification buttons.
  3. Select “Hide boosts from …”.

Going forward you’ll only see their own posts in your Home feed. By visiting their profile, you can still take a look at what they’ve been boosting.

A Vivaldi Social account profile with its menu open. "Hide boosts from" menu option is highlighted.

Tip #330

Read Vivaldi’s Help pages in your language.

On help.vivaldi.com we have a large selection of articles teaching you about the countless features of the Vivaldi browser and services. With the help of our amazing volunteer translators, in addition to English, we’re able to offer Help pages in a few different languages.

When viewing an article, look below the title and table of contents to see in which languages the article is available in. Click on the language to switch to the translated version.

Where we have translated more than half of the articles, you can also select the language from the menu in the top right corner of the page and view the whole site in it.

In case we haven’t translated Vivaldi Help into a language you’d like to read the articles in, you can use the browser’s built-in translation tool or a translation Extension of your choice.

Vivaldi Help site with language menus for the article and site highlighted.

Tip #328

Type / and the name of the block to add it to your Vivaldi.net blog post.

Vivaldi Community Blogs are built on WordPress and use the Gutenberg editor with its block structure. When you’re writing a new blog post and want to add something other than simple text, such as headings, lists, images, videos, etc., you can click the Add Block button and choose one from the selection of blocks or you can insert one by just typing.

To insert a new block:

  1. At the start of a new paragraph, enter the forward slash symbol /.
  2. Then, with the up and down arrow keys, select a recently used block or start typing the name of the block you need.
  3. Press Enter to insert the block.
Vivaldi.net blog editor open in Vivaldi browser. "/im" has been typed and suggestions for image related blocks are displayed in a menu.

Tip #320

Mute or block accounts you don’t want to see on Vivaldi Social.

Vivaldi Social, like any social media platform, is full of people posting on a multitude of topics at various intervals. If some accounts post too much or you don’t care for the content of their posts, you have the option to mute the account or block them outright.

To stop seeing posts from someone:

  1. Click on ⋯ More below one of their posts or on︙Menu on their profile.
  2. Select Mute/Block [@username].
  3. If muting, review the additional options.
  4. Click Mute/Block to confirm your decision.
Vivaldi Social with an account in the process of being muted. Mute confirmation dialog is highlighted.

Tip #314

View multiple timelines at the same time on Vivaldi Social.

When browsing Vivaldi Social as a web page on a larger screen, you’ll notice that there’s just one column of content and quite a lot of free space on the page. If you want, you can opt for a multi-column view instead. With the multi-column aka advanced view, you can have different timelines, hashtags, direct messages, and moredisplayed in individual columns side by side.

To enable the multi-column view:

  1. Go to Preferences > Advanced Web Interface.
  2. Tick the box for “Enable advanced web interface”.
  3. Click “Save changes”.
  4. Exit preferences.
  5. Click on the “Show settings” button on the column headers to pin or unpin them.
Vivaldi Social with advanced web interface enabled.

Tip #311

Format your Vivaldi blog’s content beautifully and easily with Patterns.

Block Patterns are premade layouts that you can add to your Vivaldi blog‘s posts and pages. They make showing off your content super easy, as you won’t need to spend time fiddling with different blocks and their settings.

To add a pattern to your blog:

  1. Open the post or page editor.
  2. Click on “Toggle block inserter” and go to the Patterns tab. (Click on “Explore” for a bigger view.)
  3. Browse through available patterns and click on the one you want to add to your post/page.
  4. Replace the example content with your own text and images.

For an even bigger selection of Patterns, visit https://wordpress.org/patterns/.

Pattern library open in Vivaldi Community Blog's editor.

Tip #309

Install Vivaldi Social as a Progressive Web App to use it in an independent window.

Vivaldi Social (and other Mastodon instances) can be accessed in Vivaldi through a web page in a Tab or Web Panel and you can connect to the Fediverse from Mastodon’s desktop and mobile apps. If you’d like to have something between the two, you can install Vivaldi Social as a Progressive Web App, which allows you to use Vivaldi Social with the Vivaldi Browser, but in its own dedicated window.

To install Vivaldi Social as a PWA on desktop:

  1. Open social.vivaldi.net in a tab.
  2. Right-click on the tab to open the context menu.
  3. Select “Install Vivaldi Social”.
  4. Click Install to add an icon to your desktop.

You can also create a shortcut for Vivaldi Social in Vivaldi on Android:

  1. Open social.vivaldi.net in a tab.
  2. Open the browser’s main menu.
  3. Select “Install App”.
  4. Tap on “Install”.
  5. Tap on “Add” or drag the icon to the Home screen.
Dialog in Vivaldi Browser asking to confirm the installation of Vivaldi Social as a Progressive Web App.