Tip #155

Filter posts by language on Vivaldi Social.

Vivaldi Community on Vivaldi Social is an international group of people, who post in many different languages. This means that the public timelines (e.g. Local and Federated) can include posts that you don’t understand. You could use Vivaldi Translate to select and translate the texts, but you can also filter them out altogether.

To filter posts by language:

  1. On Vivaldi Social, go to Preferences > Other > Public Timelines.
  2. In the Filter languages section, check the boxes for all languages you want to see posts in.
  3. Scroll either to the top or bottom of the page and click Save changes.

Then, as long as the post author has set a correct language for their post, the public timelines will only include posts in the languages you’ve chosen. So, when you yourself post on Vivaldi Social, make sure you also select the correct language for your posts. The default post language can be changed in Preferences > Other > Posting Defaults > Posting Language.

Tip #152

Share your custom browser theme with the community on themes.vivaldi.net.

Creativity has no limits and with the Themes editor in Vivaldi, you can let it run wild. Change the colors, add a custom background, tweak the settings and you have yourself a custom theme. Would be a shame to keep it to yourself. Themes.vivaldi.net is the place where Vivaldi users can share their creations with the community and already over 3000 themes have been published on the website.

Here’s how you can share your theme:

  1. Go to Settings > Themes > Library and select the theme you want to share.
  2. Click on Export Theme below the themes.
  3. Save the ZIP file to your computer.
  4. Go to Vivaldi Themes on https://themes.vivaldi.net.
  5. Log in to your Vivaldi account.
  6. Click Upload in the top right corner of the page.
  7. Fill in the details about the theme (in English) and upload the ZIP file.
  8. When you’re ready, click Create theme.

Vivaldi Team will review your theme and publish it. You’ll be notified once the theme has been published (also, when for some reason, the theme was rejected).

The homepage of themes.vivaldi.net in a Vivaldi browser window using a theme from a community member (vladstudio).
Themes.vivaldi.net homepage. Theme by vladstudio.

Tip #150

Join Vivaldi Social to connect with people from all over the fediverse.

You might be thinking, what’s a fediverse? Fediverse is an open network of communities committed to a better way of communicating online and allowing for constant improvements. Vivaldi Social is a fediverse instance powered by Mastodon. It’s similar to other well known social networks, but there’s no singular owner, no surveillance capitalism and no tracking or profiling of users. You can read more about it on the Vivaldi Blog.

To join Vivaldi social:

  1. Go to https://vivaldi.social/.
  2. Log in with your Vivaldi account.
  3. Start browsing, posting and interacting with everyone.

Your username on Vivaldi Social will be generated from your Vivaldi account’s username like this – @[email protected]. To learn more about how to use Vivaldi Social, check out the new articles on Vivaldi Help.

Tip #146

Follow people on Vivaldi Forum to be notified when they create a new topic.

Vivaldi Forum has many active members, who write interesting and useful posts. To keep track of the topics they create:

  1. Go to the user’s forum profile.
  2. On the bottom right of the user’s profile image, click on Follow.

You can see all users you follow on https://forum.vivaldi.net/me/following and you can check who follow you on https://forum.vivaldi.net/me/followers.

Vivaldi team member Ruari's forum profile open in Vivaldi browser. His profile image with the follow button has been zoomed in on.

Tip #135

Customize your Vivaldi blog’s editor to support your writing habits.

It’s not just the Vivaldi browser that’s highly customizable. You can also tweak many settings in the WordPress based blogging platform.

To customize your Vivaldi blog’s editor:

  1. Go to blogs.vivaldi.net and log in to your account.
  2. Click on Write a new post below your profile picture in the top right corner.
  3. In the post editor, click on Options in the top right corner to open the menu with some useful options.
  4. To customize the editor’s look and available components, click on the last item on the menu – Preferences.

In Preferences you can change settings for:

  • Publishing,
  • Appearance,
  • Block Interactions,
  • Visible Blocks,
  • Document Settings,
  • and more.
Vivaldi blog post editor with Preferences window open on the Blocks section.

Tip #116

Save frequently used replies as Responses to write emails faster in Vivaldi Webmail.

In case you often have to send the same message in Vivaldi Webmail, you can save the message text as a Response instead of typing it every time.

To add a new response:

  1. In Vivaldi Webmail, go to  Settings > Responses and click on  Create above the Responses editor.
  2. Give the new response a name and type the message text.
  3. Click Save.

If you want to save a message you’ve written in the email composer as a response, click Responses on the menu above the email composer and select Create New Response.

To use a response:

  1. Click  Responses on the menu above the email composer.
  2. Select a saved response.

Tip #110

Choose which Forum categories you want to see in Unread and Recent.

The Vivaldi Forum is a busy place with discussions on lots of different topics. Not all of them may be relevant for you. For example, you’re probably not interested in topics in the local forum categories that have discussions in languages you don’t speak. If you wish, you can prevent topics from these categories from appearing in Recent and Unread pages of the Forum.

To unsubscribe (or re-subscribe) to a category:

  1. Navigate to the category on forum.vivaldi.net.
  2. From the menu above the list of topics (below subcategories, if there are any), click on the watched state menu.
  3. Select between:
    • Watching – shows topics both in Unread and Recent.
    • Not Watching – shows topics in Recent, but not in Unread.
    • Ignoring – doesn’t show topics neither in Unread nor Recent.

Unsubscribing from a category, unsubscribes you from all of its subcategories as well.

To get a complete overview of all topics and their watched states, go to https://forum.vivaldi.net/me/categories. There you can change the watched status for each category as well.

Vivaldi Forum's Watched Categories page with the options menu open for a category.

Tip #100

Select a different Theme for the Private Window.

Private Windows in Vivaldi have a different Theme from regular Windows to make it easier to see which one you’re using. You can set any theme from your Theme Library as the Private Window’s theme by:

  1. Going to Settings > Themes > Private Window Theme.
  2. Selecting a theme from the drop-down menu.

To add Themes created by the Vivaldi Community to your Theme Library, install them from themes.vivaldi.net.

Private and regular windows with different themes.
Private Window with a theme by かつの 悦夫えつお in the foreground and a regular window with a theme by TheJhonX in the background.

Tip #85

Get a hierarchical overview of your blog post by opening the List View.

When writing a blog post or creating a new page on your blog on Vivaldi.net, you can get a better overview of the blocks used in the blog and select blocks to work on from the List View.

To open List View, click on the List View button in the top left corner of the page.

To focus on a block and edit it, click on the block in the List View.

To close List View, click on the same List View button or on the Close button in the top right corner of the List View panel.

Tip #75

Create filters in Vivaldi Webmail to automatically organize your incoming messages.

If you receive a lot of messages, it helps to automate some of the organizational work. Creating Filters is a good way to move incoming messages to a different folder, add flags to them, reply with a predefined message and more.

To create Filters in Vivaldi Webmail:

  1. Log in to your Vivaldi account on webmail.vivaldi.net.
  2. Go to Settings > Filters.
  3. Click on Create on the top edge of the page, towards the right side.
  4. Give the filter a name, create the rule and set the action to be applied.
  5. Click Save.

On the screenshot below, you can see an example of a filter that moves messages containing the words “[Book Club]” in the subject to a folder titled Book Club.

Tip #70

Make the page of your choice Vivaldi Forum’s homepage.

If there’s a page you visit often on the Forum, consider making it your Forum homepage. Then, while logged in, whenever you click Home on the Forum menu or go to forum.vivaldi.net, you’ll be shown your chosen homepage.

To set a homepage:

  1. Log in to your Vivaldi account on forum.vivaldi.net.
  2. Go to forum.vivaldi.net/me/settings.
    Alternatively, click on your avatar in the top right corner and select Settings from the menu.
  3. In the Select a Homepage section, click on the dropdown menu and select your preferred page or set a custom one.
Forum homepage setting.

Tip #56

Click on the “moon” button to switch Vivaldi Webmail to dark mode.

You can access your Vivaldi email account on webmail.vivaldi.net, where Webmail’s Elastic (default) theme offers both light and dark versions.

Click on the moon icon at the bottom left corner of the page to switch to dark mode.

When dark mode is enabled, click on the sun to return to light mode.

Tip #27

Add high quality and free images to your Vivaldi blog using Instant Images.

A common way to enhance blog posts is to add images to it. When you host your blog on Vivaldi.net, you can easily find and insert images to the blog using the Instant Images plugin. With the plugin you can add images from Unsplash, Pixabay and Pexels directly to your blog’s Media Library, without having to download the files to your computer first.

To add a photo to your blog:

  1. In the post or page editor, add a new image or gallery block.
  2. Select Media Library and go to Instant Images tab.
  3. Search through the files from Unsplash, Pixabay and Pexels.
  4. When you’ve found one you like, click on the image.
  5. After it has been added to your library, click Select in the bottom right corner of the Media Library window to add it to the post/page.

You can also go to your blog’s Dashboard > Media > Instant Images, to browse and add images to your library.

Instant Images open in Vivaldi blog's post editor.

Tip #16

Subscribe to Forum Digest to get a selection of the latest discussions and notifications in your mailbox.

  1. Log in to your Vivaldi account.
  2. Go to https://forum.vivaldi.net/me/settings.
  3. Scroll down to the Email section.
  4. Choose how often you want to receive the Digest email. Choices are:
    • Daily,
    • Weekly,
    • Bi-weekly,
    • Monthly, and
    • Off i.e. disabled.
  5. Click Save Changes.

The emails will be sent at the chosen interval to your account’s recovery email address.