Tip #102

Customize browser toolbars from Vivaldi menu > View > Customize Toolbar.

In Tip #4 we told you how to move buttons around on the browser Toolbars. That method still works, but since then we’ve added even more flexibility to customizing Toolbars, giving you full control of your toolbar layouts. You can add, move and remove any of the components on the Navigation Toolbar, Status Bar, Mail Toolbar, Mail Composer Toolbar and Mail Message Toolbar. You can even add your custom Command Chains as buttons on the toolbars.

To customize the toolbars:

  1. Go to Vivaldi menu > View > Customize Toolbar.
    Alternatively, right-click on one of the buttons on a toolbar and select Edit > Customize Toolbar.
  2. While the Toolbar Editor window is open:
    • Click and drag new components to the toolbars,
    • Move components around without the need to hold down the Ctrl / ⌘ key,
    • Drag and drop components you want to remove on the background area (area that isn’t a toolbar, nor the editor window).
  3. Click on the background area to close the Toolbar Editor.

Feel free to mix and match components from various toolbars. For example, you can add the Compose New Mail button to the Navigation Bar and Extensions to Mail toolbars.

Tip #101

Access multiple bookmark folders from the Start Page by creating additional Speed Dials.

Speed Dial is where you can access your frequently visited bookmarks. But instead of cramming your favorite bookmarks into one Speed Dial, you can divide them into multiple folders and display these folders as separate Speed Dials.

To add a new Speed Dial:

  1. Go to the Start Page.
  2. On the Start Page navigation menu, click on Add new Speed Dial folder.
  3. Give the new Speed Dial a name.
  4. Use the Bookmark Panel or Bookmark Manager to move existing bookmarks to the folder and select the folder when adding new bookmarks.
Vivaldi Start Page with "Add new Speed Dial folder" button zoomed in on.

To display an existing bookmark folder as a Speed Dial:

  1. Go to the Bookmark Panel or Bookmark Manager.
  2. Select the folder you want to access on the Start Page.
  3. In the bookmark folder information section, tick the box for Speed Dial.
    Alternatively, right-click on the folder and select Use as Speed Dial.

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 #99

Copy links from the Address Field without additional parameters.

Sometimes web page links have additional information, called parameters, added to the end of the URL. These parameters are used for sorting and filtering, pagination, language options and more. But parameters can also be used for tracking users.

Example URL from Vivaldi Forum with multiple search parameters: 

https://forum.vivaldi.net/search?term=tab%20stacks&in=titlesposts&matchWords=all&categories%5B%5D=32&sortBy=relevance&sortDirection=desc&showAs=posts.

The same URL without parameters: 

https://forum.vivaldi.net/search.

Another example with tracking parameters:

https://www.grammarly.com/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=cpc&utm_phase=professional&utm_campaign=q222easeofusecampaign-prospecting&utm_content=60s-easeofusecampaignq222-professional&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_e-t0r39-QIVsUmRBR32zAH6EAEYASAAEgI-PPD_BwE.

With the link above, the website knows that I arrived on their page after clicking an ad on YouTube.

The same URL without parameters looks like this:

https://www.grammarly.com/.

While search, filtering and other similar parameters are mostly useful, tracking parameters do not benefit users. So, even if you have navigated to page from a link that has parameters at the end, consider removing them before saving the link for future use or before sharing it further.

To copy a link that you have open in the active tab without parameters:

  1. Right-click on the Address Field.
  2. Select Copy without parameters.

Tip #98

Enable Pop Out Video on Vivaldi for Android to check other apps while watching a video.

Pop Out Video, aka Picture-in-Picture, is a popular feature on desktop, but did you know it’s also available on Vivaldi for Android? The main difference is that, on your mobile device, you can’t browse other tabs in Vivaldi while Pop Out Video is enabled, but you can use most other apps.

To enable pop-out video on Android:

  1. While browsing with Vivaldi, find a video you want to watch.
  2. Press play and enable full-screen view of the video.
  3. Tap on your phone’s home button.

The video will continue playing in a small rectangle on your home screen. You can move the video by dragging it around and use the two finger zoom gesture to change the size of the video. Tap on the rectangle to see video controls.

Pop Out video from Vivaldi open on top of the Shazam app.
Pop Out video from Vivaldi open on top of the Shazam app.

Tip #97

Find debug-level information and controls about the state of Sync on vivaldi://sync.

With Sync, you can keep your Vivaldi browser data synchronized across multiple devices. Meaning, the Bookmarks, Notes, Passwords, etc. you add to Vivaldi, for example, on your laptop can easily be accessed on your mobile device and vice versa.

If for some reason the data doesn’t seem to be synchronized, first check Sync Settings and if everything looks as expected there, type vivaldi://sync in the Address Field and press Enter to check for any errors on that page and see if you can figure out the cause from there. If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to ask for help on the Vivaldi Forum.

Tip #96

Create new Notes from highlighted text on a web page.

Vivaldi’s Notes is an awesome digital note-taking tool that makes it possible to jot things down right in your browser. You can type up your notes, paste text to notes or quickly create a new note from text on a web page. To make a note of something you’ve found on a web page:

  1. Select the text you want to turn into a new note.
  2. Right-click on the highlighted text and select Copy to Note from the context menu.

In addition to the content, the note will include a screenshot of the page (can be disabled in Panel Settings), source link and creation date.

Tip #95

Reopen recently closed tabs from trash.

Whether you accidentally closed a tab/window or changed your mind after closing it, there’s no need to navigate to it from the start. Instead use one of the following ways to reopen closed tabs.

Open the most recently closed tab

  • Right-click on the Tab Bar and select Reopen Closed Tab.
  • Hold down the Shift key and click on the Closed Tabs button on the Tab Bar.
  • Click with the middle mouse button on the Closed Tabs button on the Tab Bar.
  • Use the Keyboard Shortcut Ctrl+Z or Ctrl+Shift+T (Cmd Z or Cmd Shift T on macOS).
  • Hold down the right mouse button and move the mouse ↑ and → to reopen the tab with a Mouse Gesture.
  • Type “Reopen Closed Tab” in Quick Commands.

Keep using the action to reopen more recently closed tabs.

View and open recently closed tabs from the Tab Bar

  1. Look for the Show Closed Tabs button on the right side of the Tab Bar (bottom, if you use a vertical Tab Bar) and click on it.
  2. From the menu that opens, click on the link you want to reopen.

View and open recently closed tabs from the Window Panel

  1. Open the Window Panel.
  2. Scroll past your open tabs and open the folder of Closed Tabs.
  3. Double-click on the link you want to reopen.

View and open recently closed tabs on Android

  1. Open the Tab Switcher.
  2. Navigate to the Closed Tabs tab.
  3. Tap on the link you want to reopen.

Tip #94

Open all bookmarks in a folder in one move.

If you save links that you often use together as Bookmarks in the same folder, you can open all bookmarks in the folder all at once. To do that:

  1. Right-click on the folder name to open the context menu.
  2. Select:
    • Open in New Tab,
    • Open in New Background Tab,
    • Open (first bookmark will be opened in the active tab),
    • Open in New Window,
    • Open in New Private Window.

You can use this method in the Bookmark Panel, Bookmark Manager, Bookmark Bar, Bookmark Menu and Speed Dial.

Tip #93

Choose a custom Theme color for Vivaldi on Android.

By default, with a light theme, Vivaldi on Android will change the Address and Tab Bar colors based on the open website. To change the accent color:

  1. Go to the Vivaldi menu button Vivaldi menu > Settings > Appearance > Themes.
  2. Choose between:
    • Adaptive color based on the open web page,
    • One of the preset colors,
    • Custom color (insert the color’s Hex value).

Tip #92

Mute Tabs and Web Panels you want to keep silent.

Whether you’re streaming audio or video, getting notifications from a messaging service or browsing sites that make noise, occasionally it’s necessary to silence them to focus on sounds from a single source or to have complete piece and quiet.

To mute and unmute Tabs in Vivaldi, use one of the following options:

  • Click on the speaker icon on the tab, when the tab is currently playing audio.
  • Right-click on the tab and select Mute Tab.
  • Type “Mute / Unmute Tab” in Quick Commands
  • Set a Keyboard Shortcut or a Mouse Gesture for the action.
  • To mute multiple tabs, select the tabs, right-click on one of them and select Mute # Tabs from the context menu.
  • To mute all background tabs, right-click on a tab and select Mute Other Tabs.

When the tab is muted, in place of the website’s logo, you’ll see a muted speaker icon.

Vivaldi window with a muted tab highlighted.

To mute and unmute Web Panels, right-click on the web panel’s icon on the Panels bar and select Mute Panel.

Tip #91

Remove distractions and focus on the article by enabling Reader View.

Web pages often come with a lot of content on them and focusing on the article you’re there to read can be a bit difficult with all the distractions. Enabling Reader View removes all but the main article, allowing you to focus on what’s important.

To enable Reader View:

  1. Open the article’s page you want read distraction free.
  2. On the right side of the Address Field, click on the Reader View button to enable and later disable Reader View.

To adjust settings, such as font size, line height or color scheme, click on the Settings button in the top right corner of the page or go to Settings > Webpages > Reader.

Web page in Vivaldi
Web page with Reader View disabled
Web page in Vivaldi with Reader View enabled.
Same page with Reader View enabled

Tip #90

Add a custom signature to your email accounts in Vivaldi Mail.

A signature is a personalized section that is automatically added to the end of all messages you send from Vivaldi Mail (or other mail clients).

To add a signature in Vivaldi:

  1. Go to Settings > Mail > Mail Accounts.
  2. Select the account you want to add a signature for.
  3. In the Identity section, focus on the Signature field.
  4. Enter your custom signature.

If you need additional text formatting options or want to add an image to the signature, tick the box for Enable Rich Text and Images below Signature field.

To add an image, drag and drop the file to the signature field.

Tip #89

Customize Speed Dials from Quick Settings.

You can always customize your Start Page and Speed Dials from the main Settings page. To see the changes, though, you have to go back and forth between Settings and the Start Page. An alternative is to make the changes in the Quick Settings panel on the Start Page itself. That way you can see the changes immediately.

To customize the Speed Dial via Quick Settings:

  1. Open the Start Page.
  2. Open Quick Settings from the top right corner of the page.
  3. Go to the Speed Dial Appearance section.
  4. There you can:
    • Adjust the thumbnail size.
    • Set the maximum number of speed dial columns that can be displayed.
    • Choose whether to display the titles of the speed dials.
    • Toggle off and on Add and Delete buttons.