Tip #200

Follow Tips on Vivaldi Social in just two steps.

Do you find our daily tip posts useful, but don’t use Feeds and don’t have time to check Vivaldi.net every day? There is another option – follow the blog account on Vivaldi Social.

To include Vivaldi Tips on your Home feed:

  1. Search for the blog in Vivaldi Social by entering the following user handle in the search field – @tips .
  2. Click on Follow next to the name in search results.
Vivaldi Social open in Vivaldi browser. Search result for Vivaldi Tips including the Follow button has been highlighted.

Tip #199

Long press on the active tab on Vivaldi on Android to close all other tabs.

We showed you how to close all other tabs and leave only the active tab open on the desktop version of Vivaldi in Tip #32. Now we’re showing you how to do the same in Vivaldi on Android.

From the Tab Bar:

  1. Open the tab you want to keep open.
  2. Long press on the active tab on the Tab Bar.
  3. Select Close Other Tabs from the menu.
Vivaldi on Android on a device that has been flipped horizontally. Tab Bar has been enabled and the long press menu with "Close Other Tabs" option" is open and highlighted.

In case you have disabled the Tab Bar, you can also close other tabs from the Tab Switcher:

  1. Open the tab you want to keep open.
  2. Open the Tab Switcher.
  3. Tap on the 3 dot menu in the top right corner.
  4. Select Close Other Tabs from the menu.

Tip #198

Pick the best layout for tiled tabs – vertical, horizontal or grid.

Tab Tiling can really take your productivity to the next level by allowing you to easily view multiple web pages at once. Since websites are different, the same tiling layout doesn’t work for all of them. So, whenever you tile tabs, select the layout that works best.

First, to tile tabs:

  1. Select the tabs you want to tile using the Shift or Ctrl / key.
  2. Right-click on one of the selected tabs and select Tile # Tabs.

To change the layout of tiled tabs:

  1. Click on Page Tiling on the Status Bar.
  2. Select your preferred tiling option.

Tip #197

Change content blocking level per website from the Address Bar.

Vivaldi Browser’s Tracker and Ad Blocker helps to prevent online tracking and to hide annoying ads. While global blocking level can be changed in Settings > Privacy and Security, you can also create exceptions.

To change the blocking level for a specific website:

  1. Open the website in a tab.
  2. Click on Content Blocker icon on the right side of the Address Field.
  3. Select the blocking level:
    • Don’t block anything.
    • Block Trackers.
    • Block both Trackers and Ads.
Vivaldi Browser window with a website open. On the foreground, Content Blocking menu has been opened, which shows the blocking level options and current Tracker and Ad blocker statistics.

Tip #196

Press Alt+Enter to open a link or a search entered in the Address Field in a new tab.

When you’ve typed something in the Address Field, but then decide that you also want to keep the current page open, hold down the Alt key while pressing Enter and the link or search results will open in a new tab.

Tip #195

If a web page doesn’t load properly, try reloading it without cache.

Browsers save some website data to make them load faster when you visit the page again. If you notice that a page you’ve visited before doesn’t load properly, you can try loading the page again without the stored cache, also known as a hard refresh or reload.

To load a page without cache, use one of the following Keyboard Shortcuts:

  • Windows and Linux – Ctrl+Shift+R or Ctrl+F5
  • macOS – ⇧⌘R or ⌘F5

Alternatively, type “Force Page Reload” in Quick Commands.

Tip #194

Control who can see your Vivaldi Social posts with visibility settings.

By default, anything you post on Vivaldi Social is publicly visible for everyone to see, but you can change posting privacy both for a specific post and for all future posts.

To change post visibility per post:

  1. When composing a post, click on Change post privacy on the menu below the text field.
  2. Select the option you prefer:
    •  Public – visible for all
    •  Unlisted – visible for all, but not shown in public timelines
    •  Followers only – visible only to people, who follow you
    •  Mentioned people only – visible only to users you mention in the post
Vivaldi Social open in Vivaldi Browser. The menu for changing post privacy is open and highlighted.

To change the visibility setting for all posts:

  1. In Vivaldi Social, go to Preferences > Other > Posting Defaults.
  2. For Posting Privacy, select the option you prefer:
    • Public
    • Unlisted
    • Followers only

Tip #193

Set your favorite web page as the Homepage and New Tab Page in Vivaldi on Android.

If you prefer to open a specific web page whenever you open a new tab or tap the home button, instead of the Start Page with your favorite bookmarks, Speed Dials, you can make the adjustment in the app’s settings.

  1. Go to Vivaldi menu > Settings > Web pages > Homepage.
  2. Tap on the second option and enter the web page’s link you want to see as the homepage.
Vivaldi on Android's Settings open at the Homepage settings.

Tip #192

Pay attention to incoming emails and don’t get scammed.

We’ve listed a few tips below to help you be vigilant and not fall for email scams.

  • Look at the sender address. Be suspicious of email addresses containing misspellings, ones that are just made up of gibberish or do not look related to the sender they claim to be.
    Also, be cautious when there’s a different Reply-To address, especially if it matches the descriptions above.
Warning message in Vivaldi Mail: ""Reply-To" does not match the "From" address. Make sure you trust the "Reply-To" address before replying."
In Vivaldi Mail, you’ll see a warning when the From and Reply-To email addresses don’t match.
  • Pay attention to message content. If what the message promises is too good to be true, it’s probably not true (e.g. claiming you inherited or won a large amount of money).
    Also, when an email, seemingly from a reputable company, is written with poor grammar or your acquaintance writes in a style unusual for them, look for other clues.
    Be suspicious of emails that create urgency and ask you to act fast.
  • Don’t trust emails that ask for your personal information (ID number, bank account details, etc.). If you think that a reputable institution is asking you to update your personal information, don’t follow the links in the email, but go to their website directly to check your account.
  • You might be asked to visit a link. Don’t blindly open them. Hover over the links and check the browser’s status bar to see where it wants to take you.
Bottom left corner of Vivaldi Browser window, showing a link with mouse cursor hovering over it and it's URL on the Status Bar.
Hover over the link and check the Status Bar at the bottom of the browser window, to see which website you’ll be taken to.
  • If you don’t fully trust the sender, don’t open files attached to the email.
  • Use other means of communication to verify that the person or company really sent the message. For example, if a colleague asks you to do something (share a password, purchase something, etc.) via email, call them or ask them in person, whether they really made the request.

Tip #191

Take your notes to the next level by adding image attachments.

“A picture is worth a thousand words”, as the saying goes. So, instead of making long notes with just text, add an image to make the message clear.

To add an attachment in Notes:

  1. Open the note either in the Notes Manager or Notes Panel.
  2. In the Notes Manager, click on Attachments > Add Attachment on the notes editor menu. In the Notes Panel, click on the Attachments icon.
  3. Locate the image file in your File Explorer/Finder and click Open to add it.
A note open in Vivaldi's Notes Manager. Attachment menu is highlighted on the right side.

Tip #190

Enable search suggestions to get suggestions from the search engine as you type.

Search Engines can show you suggestions as you type the search query in the Address or Search Field. It can make searching faster. The way it works, however, is that everything you type is sent to the search engine. Since it can be quite revealing, in Vivaldi, the setting to show suggestions is not enabled by default. But since we are all about giving users options, you can choose to enable it if you prefer convenience over privacy.

To enable search suggestions:

  1. Go to Settings > Search > Allow Search Suggestions.
  2. Depending where you want to get suggestions, enable the setting for the Address Field and/or the Search Field.
    In the Address Field, to limit what you type from being sent to the search engine, you can enable suggestions to be shown only when you first enter the Search Engine Nickname.

Read more about Search Suggestions and their privacy implications on our blog.

Tip #189

Mark incoming Mail messages automatically as read.

Not all messages you receive are equally important. For example, you might be subscribed to updates or newsletters that are good to have, but don’t need immediate attention. Having less unread messages is less intimidating and important messages will be more noticeable.

To create a filter in Vivaldi Mail to mark messages as read:

  1. Go to Settings > Mail > Mail Filters.
  2. Click  Add Mail Filter at the bottom of filters list.
  3. Give the filter a name.
  4. Define the criteria for filtering. For example, all emails with a certain subject or all emails sent from a specific email address.
  5. Click Add to Search.
  6. If you wish, add additional criteria.
  7. Click Add Action.
  8. Select Mark as read.
  9. Click Add Mail Filter.
Vivaldi Mail settings - new filter creation in process.

Tip #188

Create independent apps from websites by installing them as Progressive Web Apps.

If you like to use web services in their own app, give Progressive Web Apps (PWA) in Vivaldi Browser a try. They can be opened from shortcuts and used in their own window separate from the main browser.

To install a website as a PWA:

  1. In a tab, open the website you want to install.
  2. While the site is open in the active tab, right-click on the tab on the Tab Bar.
  3. Select Install [website name] from the context menu.
  4. Click Install in the small pop up asking you to confirm your action.

In case you don’t see the option to install the website in the context menu, the website doesn’t support running as a PWA. In that case, while the site is open in the active tab:

  1. Choose Create a shortcut from the context menu instead.
  2. Tick the box for Open as Window.
  3. Click Create.
Vivaldi Social open in Vivaldi Browser. On the foreground, the tab's context menu has been opened and the option to install the site as a Progressive Web App has been highlighted.

Tip #187

Use an alternative option from Google Play to install Vivaldi on Android.

The most common and convenient place to install Vivaldi on Android is from Google Play. If you can’t or don’t want to use Google Play, there are a few alternative ways to install Vivaldi on your mobile device.

First of all, there are two alternative app stores you can choose from:

The second option involves downloading and installing the APK version of Vivaldi. Before you can install Vivaldi from an APK file, though, allow the installation of APKs either by enabling developer mode on your phone or by giving certain apps (like a browser app) permission to download and install APKs. If you don’t do that before, you’ll be prompted to change the settings once you open the APK file.

To install Vivaldi:

  1. Go to https://vivaldi.com/android/.
  2. On the page, click on “Don’t have Google Play?“.
  3. Download the APK file.
  4. Open the file on your mobile device.
  5. Click Install.

Please note that updates via .apk install are not automatic and you need to download and install the latest version after every new release. To ensure you are aware of the latest fixes and security updates, we strongly advise subscribing to our Newsletter or RSS feed, or following our official social media channels.