Tip #256

Click ♥ Follow to keep track of new posts from your favorite bloggers on Vivaldi.net.

There are many active bloggers in the Vivaldi Community, who write on all topics imaginable. To see the latest posts from your favorite bloggers make sure to follow them. There are several ways to do that. But first make sure that you’re logged in to your Vivaldi account.

  • Visit their blog and click ♥ Follow on the black menu bar at the top of the page.
  • When you come across one of their posts on blogs.vivaldi.net, click ♥ Follow on the post preview (see image below).
  • On the WordPress Dashboard > Reader click ♥ Follow on the post preview.

You can also see the posts from followed blogs in a few places:

Blogs.vivaldi.net page open in Vivaldi browser with Follow button below one of the posts magnified.

Tip #255

Click on the Vivaldi logo in the corner to access the browser’s main menu.

Are you new to Vivaldi and looking for where you can access the browser’s menu with some of the most useful features. In Vivaldi the menu can be opened when you click or tap on the Vivaldi logo, except for Vivaldi on macOS, where the full menu is always on display.

On desktop the Vivaldi logo is in the top left corner and on Android it’s on the right side of the Address Bar, either at the top or bottom of the screen, depending on your settings.

You can learn more about the menus on desktop and Android on Vivaldi Help.

Vivaldi on desktop and Vivaldi on Android both with the main menu open and highlighted.

Tip #254

Light up your surroundings in Vivaldi Theme colors with Philips Hue.

Do you use Philips Hue lights at home? Did you know that you can connect them to Vivaldi and have the lights change colors together with Vivaldi Themes?

To connect Philips Hue with Vivaldi:

  1. First, make sure your Hue lights are connected to the same network as the browser.
  2. Then, go to Settings > Themes > Philips Hue Theme Integration and tick the box for Enable Hue.
  3. Once enabled, click on Find bridge and click the button on your Bridge to confirm the connection.

The lights will be in the theme’s accent color. The color show will be more noticeable, if you have Accent Color from Active Page or Theme Scheduling with frequent switches enabled.

Don’t have Philips Hue lights, but do use Razer Chroma devices? Check Tip #183, to see how to link Razer Chroma and Vivaldi.

Tip #253

Subscribe to the iOS newsletter to be notified when Vivaldi for iOS is released.

It’s happening!!! 🎉 There will be an iOS version of Vivaldi. 🥳

The team is working hard on developing Vivaldi for iOS, but there are unfortunately too many factors in play to know when the first version will be released.

That’s why we’ve set up a newsletter subscription you can sign up to. As soon as the first public version sees daylight you’ll be notified via email, so you can take Vivaldi for a spin on your iOS device.

iOS subscription page on vivalid.com open in Vivaldi Browser.

Tip #252

Keep Notes organized in Vivaldi on Android by grouping them into folders.

Writing down your thoughts or turning snippets of text from web pages into Notes is a great way to save important knowledge for later. Since Notes can be on any topic, grouping related notes into folders helps to keep things organized and easy to find.

To organize notes into folders in Vivaldi on Android:

  1. Open the Notes Panel.
  2. Long-press on the first note you want to include in the new folder.
  3. Tap on other notes you want to add as well.
  4. Tap on the Move button.
  5. Select New Folder.
  6. Give the new folder a name.
  7. Tap on Save.

Take a look at the video to see how to create a new Notes folder on the tablet version of Vivaldi on Android.

Tip #251

Enable “Perform Gestures with Alt Key” to use Mouse Gestures with a touchpad.

Did you know that you can use Mouse Gestures even when you don’t have a mouse at hand? Instead you can draw the gestures on your touchpad/trackpad while holding down a modifier key.

To start using Mouse Gestures with a touchpad:

  1. Go to Settings > Mouse Gestures > Gestures.
  2. Enable Perform Gestures with Alt Key.

Then, to perform a gesture:

  1. Hold down the Alt key on your keyboard.
  2. Draw the gesture on the touchpad. (You can view and edit gestures in Settings > Mouse Gestures > Gesture Mapping)
  3. Release Alt key to execute the command.

Tip #250

Sync your Reading List to read interesting articles from any device at any time.

Rather than reading something on your PC while sitting behind a desk, you might want to read it on the phone during your daily commute or from a tablet with your morning coffee. By saving web pages to the Reading List and syncing the list with Vivaldi on your other devices, you can pick up or continue reading wherever you are.

You can learn how to add a page to the Reading List on desktop and Android from Tip #161. To make sure the lists are in sync:

  1. Go to Settings > Sync.
  2. Log in to your Vivaldi account.
  3. Sync either all data or enable the syncing of Reading Lists.

Do the same on all your devices and you’re all set.

Sync settings open with Reading List in "Sync Selected Data" section highlighted.

Tip #249

Add notes to accounts you follow to remember the reason you started following them.

If you follow a lot of people on Vivaldi Social, then after a while you might start to wonder, why did you start following one person or another. Luckily, Vivaldi Social has a neat little feature that allows you to add notes to accounts, so that even after months and years, you can check the account and get a reminder.

And don’t be afraid to be honest in these notes. They’re only visible to you.

To add a note to an account:

  1. Go to the person’s profile.
  2. Look for the Note section.
  3. Enter a note about the account.
User's profile on Vivaldi Social with the notes section highlighted.

Tip #248

Hibernate tabs to reduce Vivaldi browser’s memory usage.

Websites these days can be big and use a significant amount of resources. Closing tabs is a good way to reduce memory use, but what if you need to keep the tabs around and don’t want to close them? Hibernating tabs is a good alternative to both keep the tabs open and reduce the browser’s memory usage.

To hibernate a tab:

  1. On the Tab Bar or in the Window Panel, right-click on a background tab or Tab Stack.
  2. Select Hibernate Tab from the context menu.

To hibernate all background tabs:

  1. Right-click on any tab on the Tab Bar.
  2. Select Hibernate Background Tabs from the context menu.
Vivaldi window with tab's context menu open and Hibernate Tab option highlighted.

Tip #247

Long press on selected text in Vivaldi on Android to do a web search with the selection.

We shared how to search with a snippet of text on a web page on the desktop version of Vivaldi in Tip #8. This time we’re sharing how to do the same on Android.

To search with selected text:

  1. Long press on a word you want to select.
    Drag the little bubbles at the bottom corners of the word to select more than one word.
  2. On the menu that appears, tap on the 3 dot menu to see additional options.
  3. Select Web search.

Results will be shown from your default search engine.

A web page in Vivaldi on Android with a few words selected and context menu open.

Tip #246

Use Forum’s Advanced Search to find the most relevant discussions.

Vivaldi Forum is full of discussion threads about all things Vivaldi and more. If you have a question or a request, it’s best to use the search function first. The odds are that your question has already been answered or a feature request is already collecting upvotes from the community.

To use Advanced Search, click on the 3 gear icons in the Search field in the top right corner of the Forum.

You can narrow down results by the following criteria:

  • Category
  • Post author
  • Tags
  • Number of replies
  • Post time
  • Whether the search term can be found only in the topic title or also in the content
  • Whether all or only some words in results need to match the search term
Vivaldi Forum's Advanced Search.

Tip #245

Show Start Page navigation menu on all internal pages.

By default the navigation menu on Start Page is only shown with your Speed Dials. But it can also be displayed when viewing Bookmarks, History, Notes, and Calendar.

To enable the menu:

  1. Go to Settings > Start Page > Start Page Navigation.
  2. Enable Show on Internal Pages.

Alternatively, you can hide the menu altogether by selecting Hide Titles in Start Page Navigation settings.

Vivaldi Calendar with Start Page navigation enabled.

Tip #244

Use Quick Commands to export Notes.

Making notes as you browse is easy in Vivaldi with the Notes feature. But did you know that you can export notes as individual text files?

To export your notes:

  1. Create a folder for the notes in your File Manage/Finder.
  2. In Vivaldi, open Quick Commands (F2 / ⌘E).
  3. Type in “Export Notes” and press Enter.
  4. In the save dialog, locate and select the folder.
"Export Notes" being typed in Quick Commands in Vivaldi browser.

Tip #243

Keep a group of stacked tabs around by pinning the Tab Stack.

Pinning tabs prevents the tabs from being accidentally closed and you’ll always find them from the same location on the left side/top of the Tab Bar. In addition to pinning single tabs, in Vivaldi, you can also pin a Tab Stack.

To pin a group of tabs:

  1. Create a Tab Stack with the tabs you want to pin as a group.
  2. Right-click on the Tab Stack, either on the Tab Bar or in the Window Panel.
  3. Select Pin Tab Stack.
Vivaldi browser window with a Tab Stack being pinned. Context menu with the Pin Tab Stack option is highlighted.