Tip #271

Make it easier to see which Calendar events have additional information by enabling event property icons.

Especially useful with Vivaldi Calendar’s Minimal View, but handy in all views, event property icons for links, location, reminders and recurrence let you know at a glance what type of additional information the event includes.

To enable the icons:

  1. Go to Settings > Calendar > Calendar Display.
  2. Enable “Show Event Property Icons”.
Vivaldi Calendar with event property icons zoomed in on one of the events.

Tip #269

Scan QR codes with Vivaldi on Android.

QR codes can be found everywhere, both in the physical world and on the web. It’s common to launch the camera app to scan QR codes and then open the scanned link in a browser or app, but if you want to open the link in Vivaldi anyway, why not use the built-in QR code scanner.

To scan a QR code with Vivaldi on Android:

  1. Open the QR code scanner in one of the following ways:
    • Tap on the Address Field to display the icon (see image below).
    • Tap on the QR code icon in the search widget on your home screen.
    • By long pressing on the app icon and selecting “Scan QR Code”.
  2. Place the frame on the phone’s screen over the QR Code or barcode.

If the scanner detects a URL, it’ll automatically open the link in a new tab. In case it detects some other information, it offers to copy the information or to do a search with it.

Bonus tip! Use the QR code generator on desktop to quickly share and open links in Vivaldi on Android. See Tip #14 for instructions.

Vivaldi on Android. The Address Field has been focused to reveal the button to scan QR codes.

Tip #268

Got a question about Vivaldi? Ask it on the Forum.

Whether wondering how to use some feature in the browser, looking for a fix to an issue or just curious about Vivaldi in general, the Forum is the place where you should go to get your curiosity satisfied. With the combined wealth of knowledge our community and team members possess, you’ll get quality answers 24/7.

Use the search function first, though. With thousands of topics, it’s likely that someone has already asked the same question, so instead of creating a duplicate topic, you can just continue the discussion.

To ask a question on the Forum:

  1. Log in to your Vivaldi account.
  2. Look for the most relevant category for your question.
  3. In that category, click “New Topic”.
  4. Give your topic a clear title.
  5. Ask your question and, when troubleshooting an issue, share as many details as possible.
  6. Click “Submit”.
Window for creating a new topic open in the Vivaldi Forum.

Tip #267

Press Ctrl + F11 / ⌘ F10 to hide Vivaldi Browser’s user interface.

You can hide the browser’s toolbars by enabling Full Screen view, but that maximizes the window and you’re not able to view the OS’ Task Bar or other open apps. As an alternative, you can just hide all toolbars and have the browser window as big or small as you want.

To quickly toggle Vivaldi’s user interface off and on, use the Keyboard Shortcut Ctrl+F11 / ⌘ F10.

Alternatively, use the following options:

Tip #266

Switch Workspaces with one click with the aid of Command Chains, Toolbar Editor and Custom Icons.

There are some unique ways you can use different Vivaldi features together to make the browser behave the way you want it. For example, with the help of Command Chains, Toolbar Editor and Custom Icons you can take Workspaces to the next level. Here’s how:

Step 1 – Create Command Chains for switching Workspaces.

  1. Go to Settings > Quick Commands > Command Chains.
  2. Create a new chain and give it a name.
  3. Replace the placeholder command with “Switch to Workspace #”. The number corresponds to the order in which you created your Workspaces.

Create a chain for every workspace. In each chain, you can also add other commands that will be executed at the same time. For example, add the command “Switch to theme” to make workspaces visually more different.

Step 2 – Add Command Chain buttons to a toolbar.

  1. Open the Toolbar Editor.
  2. Select the Command Chains section.
  3. Drag the buttons you made for Workspaces to a toolbar of your choice.

Step 3 – Add Custom Icons.

By default all Command Chain buttons looks the same, but you can add Custom Icons to make each button stand out.

  1. Go to Settings > Themes > Editor > Icons.
  2. In the list of icons, find the Command Chains you created.
  3. Select one and replace the default icon with one you’ve created.

For a more in depth description of this feature combination and final results, take a look at our blog post and video here.

One section of Vivaldi Browser's window, showing half of the Address and Panel bars. The latter includes Command Chains with custom icons above other Panel buttons.

Tip #265

Move Mail messages with drag and drop.

With endless emails flooding your mailbox, moving messages to dedicated folders, assigning flags and labels to them, and marking tackled messages as read helps to keep things neat and easy to find later. Working with messages using the right-click context menus or shortcuts are excellent ways to manage your messages, but since Vivaldi 6.0 a quick drag and drop can get things done as well.

To move a message, change its read state or assign a property to it:

  1. Click and hold down the left mouse button on the message you want to move.
  2. Drag the message to the desired view in the Mail Panel.
  3. Release the left mouse button to finish the action.
Mail message being dragged from messages list to a mail folder in the Mail Panel.

Tip #264

Select text on a page before opening Find in Page to prefill the search field.

When there’s too much content on a page to read it all, you can search through the text with Find in Page.

To open Find in Page’s search field:

If you’ve already come across the keyword you want to search for on the page, select the keyword (or phrase) and only then open Find in Page. That way you can get to the results immediately, without needing to type the search term manually.

Tip #263

View all installed Progressive Web Apps on vivaldi://apps.

Progressive Web Apps, or PWAs for short, are websites that are installed as independent applications and are opened from shortcuts to their own window.

To get an overview of all your PWAs, type vivaldi://apps in the Address Field and press Enter.

There, when right-clicking on the app logo, you can open the PWA, adjust settings, create a new shortcut and remove the app.

vivaldi://apps open in Vivaldi browser's tab.

Tip #262

Start the browser with hibernated background tabs to save resources.

When you’ve set Vivaldi to open with the last session, but you tend to have a lot of tabs open, then loading all websites on startup can create a spike in your computer’s resource use. To prevent that, you can load only the active tab and load background tabs in an hibernated state, aka lazy load, and fully load other tabs only when you view them.

To lazy load background tabs during startup:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Startup > Startup with.
  2. Make sure “Lazy Load Restored Tabs” is enabled.

Since pinned tabs tend to be important ones, you can enable always loading them during startup.

Tip #261

Press Ctrl + F1 / ⌘ F1 to view the Keyboard Shortcut Cheat Sheet.

Trying to rely more on Keyboard Shortcuts in Vivaldi, but keep forgetting some of the key combinations? Use the Keyboard Shortcut Cheat Sheet to quickly check the shortcuts without needing to go to browser settings.

To open the cheat sheet, on Windows and Linux, press Ctrl + F1. On macOS use the shortcut ⌘ F1.

PS! The search field in the top right corner helps to find the commands you need faster. 😉

Tip #260

Use spaces and separators to create different sections on the toolbars.

Panels and Web Panels on the sidebar, navigation buttons on the Address Bar, tools on the Status Bar – in Vivaldi there are many buttons to click. To organize buttons into groups you can use Space, Flexible Space and Separator elements between them.

To add dividers:

  1. Right-click on a toolbar you want to customize.
  2. Select Edit > Customize Toolbar from the context menu.
  3. Drag a Space, Flexible Space or Separator element from the editor window to the spot on the toolbar where you want to add it.
  4. Click Done.

To remove an element, while the Toolbar Editor is open, drag the element from the toolbar and drop it on the area between toolbars and the editor.

Tip #259

Fit more tabs on the Tab Bar in Vivaldi on Android by only displaying the site favicon.

Smaller screens fit less tabs on the Tab Bar. To squeeze in a few more than usual, you can hide the tab titles and only display the website’s logo aka the favicon.

To display only the favicon for each tab:

  1. Go to the Vivaldi menu > Settings > Tabs.
  2. Toggle on “Show Tab as Favicon”.

You can win even more space, if you disable “Show X Button For Background Tabs”. That way only the active tab has the Close button visible.

Vivaldi on Android with tabs displayed as favicons and close buttons hidden for background tabs.

Tip #258

Divide open tabs into Workspaces to keep your workflow organized and uninterrupted.

Tab Stacks are a great way to group tabs by domain or topic, but Workspaces take it to another level. With Workspaces you’ll only see the tabs in the current Workspace, allowing you to focus on one thing at the time.

To create a new workspace:

  1. Click the Workspaces button on the left side of the Tab Bar (top of the list on vertical Tab Bars).
  2. Click on New Workspace.
  3. Enter a name and select an icon for the new workspace.
  4. Click Create or press Enter.

From the Workspaces menu (or using Shortcuts) you can quickly switch between the Workspaces you’ve created.

Vivaldi browser with Workspaces menu open and highlighted. Listing the main window, 4 workspaces and a button to create a new Workspace.