Tip #80

Use an external download manager to download files on Android.

If you need a bit more control over your downloads, instead of the built-in downloader, you can opt for an external download manager app.

To set an external app to manage your downloads:

  1. Install an external download manager of your choice.
  2. In Vivaldi, go to Vivaldi menu > Settings > Web Pages > Downloads > External Download Manager.
  3. Select the app you want to manage your downloads with.

Then whenever downloading a file the external app will take over.

Tip #79

Choose how long you want to keep your browsing history for.

Whether you like to keep a record of websites you’ve visited indefinitely or delete everything once you’re done browsing, you have options in Vivaldi.

To change for how long your browsing History is kept for:

  1. Go to Settings > Privacy and Security > Privacy > Save Browsing History.
  2. Select your preferred option:
    • Session only,
    • One Day,
    • One Week,
    • One Months,
    • Three Months (default),
    • Six Months,
    • One Year,
    • Forever.
  3. Restart the browser.

Tip #78

Synchronize your browser data to access open tabs on other devices.

If you browse with Vivaldi on multiple devices, then by using the Sync feature, you can continue browsing seamlessly when switching devices.

To be able to access tabs you have open on other devices:

  1. Go to the Vivaldi menu > Settings > Sync.
  2. Log in to your Vivaldi account.
  3. Enter the encryption password.
  4. Sync all or select the data types you want to sync, but make sure to enable syncing of History.

To open synced tabs on desktop:

  1. Click on the cloud icon on the right side of the Tab Bar (bottom, if you’re using a vertical Tab Bar).
  2. Select the synced device.
  3. In the list of synced tabs, click on the web page you want to open.

To open synced tabs on Android:

  1. Open the Tab Switcher.
  2. Tap on the cloud icon on the menu at the bottom of the screen.
  3. In the list of synced tabs, tap on the web page you want to open.

Learn more about Sync:

Tip #77

Display the main application menu horizontally on the top edge of the browser window.

On macOS, Vivaldi’s main menu is always fully visible. On Windows and Linux, by default, the main menu can be accessed by clicking on the little Vivaldi logo in the top left corner of the window. But it can also be displayed in full on the top edge of the browser window.

To display the horizontal menu:

  1. Go to Settings > Appearance > Menu > Menu position.
  2. Select Horizontal.

Alternatively, toggle horizontal menu’s visibility from Vivaldi menu > View > Horizontal Main Menu.

Sections of the browser window displaying the main menu both as a button and horizontally.
Top: Vivaldi button menu. Bottom: Horizontal menu

Tip #76

Right-click on the Bookmark Bar to manage the bookmarks on it.

Clicking on a bookmark, bookmark folder or empty space on the Bookmark Bar with the right mouse button will open a menu with various useful options.

Depending on where you click, the menu options you see may include the following:

  • Where to open the bookmarked link. For example, in a new tab or a window.
  • Option to add the active tab as a new bookmark on the Bookmark Bar.
  • Manually create a new bookmark, bookmark folder or a separator for segmenting the Bookmark Bar.
  • Edit the bookmark or bookmark folder.
  • Cut (to move a bookmark), Copy (to make a copy of the bookmark or copy the link) and Paste (to move a bookmark or create a new bookmark from a copied link).
  • Delete the bookmark or bookmark folder.
  • Sort the bookmarks (only available, when clicking on an empty area of the Bookmark Bar).

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 #74

Add a new custom Search Engine to Vivaldi from the site search field’s context menu.

Adding a new Search Engine to Vivaldi lets you get to the site’s search results without needing to navigate to the page first. To add a new custom Search Engine:

  1. Go to the website where you often use the site’s search feature.
  2. Right-click on the search field.
  3. Select Add as Search Engine from the context menu.
  4. Review and, if needed, edit the name and nickname.
  5. Click Add.

To search with your new Search Engine, type its nickname before the search term in the Address Field or select it from the Search Field’s dropdown menu.

Tip #73

Save time typing by inserting Notes to text fields.

If there’s text you need to enter somewhere often enough, you might want to save that text as a note and just insert it from the context menu every time you need it. It saves time and prevents accidental typos. Win-win! 😎

To use this trick:

  1. Create the note(s) with the text in the Notes Panel or Notes Manager.
  2. When ready to use, right-click in the text input field to open the context menu.
  3. Select Insert Note and find the note you want to use.
  4. Click on it to insert the note’s text.
Vivaldi Mail

Bonus tip!

While the focus is on the text input field, use the Keyboard Shortcut Shift + F10 (on Windows & Linux) to open the context menu. Then use arrow keys or menu item anchor letters to find the correct note. Press Enter to insert the note.

Tip #72

Add a new background image by right-clicking on an image and selecting Use Image as Window Background.

To update your browser’s Theme with a new background image, you don’t necessarily have to add a file from your computer, you can also set an image from the web as your background image.

  1. Find an image you like.
  2. Right-click on the image.
  3. Select Use Image as Window Background.
  4. Open Start Page to see how it looks.
A web page with a large image and context menu open on top.

Tip #71

Open Settings in a Tab instead of separate window.

By default, Vivaldi Settings open in a new window. If you would prefer Settings to open in a Tab like web pages and other internal pages:

  1. Go to Settings > Appearance.
  2. Enable Open Settings in a Tab.

Then, the next time you open Settings, they’ll be in a tab instead of window.

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 #69

Curate your Start Page with custom Speed Dial thumbnails.

Start Page is likely one of the most visited pages in your browser. So, it makes sense to put in some effort to make it look great.

One way to customize the Start Page is to select custom thumbnail images for each of your Speed Dial bookmarks. To add a custom thumbnail:

  1. Open your Start Page.
  2. Hover over one of the Speed Dials.
  3. Click on Select Custom Thumbnail in the top left corner.
    Alternatively, right-click on the Speed Dial and choose Select Custom Thumbnail from the context menu.
  4. Locate the file in your File Manage/Finder and click Open.

The recommended image size is 440×360px and most image formats are supported, including animated GIFs.

Tip #68

Adjust tracker and ad blocking level per site from the Address Bar.

Let’s say you block all ads and trackers by default, but want to make an exception for a specific website that you trust or, maybe, the site behaves strangely, so you want to check whether disabling the content blocker will solve the issue. In that case, while the website you want to change the blocking level for is open in the active tab:

  1. Click on the  Content Blocker button on the left side of the Address field.
  2. Choose between:
    • No Blocking,
    • Block Trackers, or
    • Block Trackers and Ads.

You can view and manage all websites you’ve set a separate blocking level for in Settings > Privacy and Security > Tracker and Ad Blocking > Exceptions.

Tip #67

Hold down the right mouse button and draw an L shape to close the active tab.

To close a tab, hold down the right mouse button and swipe down and right, making an L shape.

Keep doing that to close multiple tabs one after another. It’s a great and fast option, when you want to see what’s on the page before closing it.

In case you accidentally closed a tab or changed your mind, you can reopen recently closed tabs by holding down the right mouse button and swiping up and right.

You can discover more gestures and customize them in Settings > Mouse > Gesture Mapping.