Tip #466

Switch Tabs and Tab Stacks using Keyboard Shortcuts.

If you’re a fan of using Keyboard Shortcuts, we have good news for you. Did you know that you can switch between the first few Tabs or Tab Stacks you have open with simple shortcuts?

Use the shortcuts Ctrl + 1, Ctrl + 2, all the way to Ctrl + 8 to switch to the tab or stack corresponding to its position on the Tab Bar. Using Ctrl + 9 will take you to the last open tab or stack. (On macOS, replace the Control key with Command.)

If these shortcuts don’t work for you, you can always assign your own in Settings > Keyboard > Tab and look for “Switch to Tab #”.

Tip #418

Press “R” to fetch the latest Calendar events from online calendar accounts.

Vivaldi Calendar checks for updates from the online calendar accounts you’ve added to Vivaldi every 10 minutes. You can also trigger updates manually. When you have single-key Keyboard Shortcuts enabled, the easiest option is to just press the R key and you’ll be up to date.

In true Vivaldi fashion, there are other ways to update the calendar:

  • In the main Calendar view, open the Calendar’s menu in the top left corner and select “Refresh”.
  • Click on the Calendar button on the Status Bar, go to the Accounts tab, and click “Refresh”.
  • Type “Refresh Calendar” in Quick Commands.
  • Create a Mouse Gesture for the action.

Tip #416

Use the Keyboard Shortcut F4 to toggle the visibility of the Panels sidebar on and off.

Vivaldi’s Panels are one of the most useful features in Vivaldi. But if you’re a fan of a minimalistic user interface, you might find yourself having to choose between a super clean look and easy access to the Panels.

With Keyboard Shortcuts, you can have the best of both worlds. By pressing F4 on your keyboard, you can display the Panels sidebar and when you’re done, use the same shortcut to hide it again. You don’t even need to close the Panel you were last looking at.

But as it’s Vivaldi, there are a few other options you can choose from to toggle the sidebar on and off.

Tip #380

Add new events without even going to the Calendar by opening the event dialog with a shortcut.

With the integrated Vivaldi Calendar, you can quickly add events and get back to what you were doing in no time by opening the new event dialog using either Quick Commands, a Keyboard Shortcut, or a Mouse Gesture.

Quick Commands

  1. Open Quick Commands (F2 / ⌘ E).
  2. Type in “Add Calendar Event (dialog)” and press Enter.
  3. Add the event.

Keyboard Shortcut

  1. First, create the shortcut in Settings > Keyboard > Window > Add Calendar Event (dialog).
  2. Use the shortcut to open the event dialog.
  3. Add the event.

Mouse Gesture

  1. First, create the gesture in Settings > Mouse > New Gesture > Add Calendar Event (dialog).
  2. Use the shortcut to open the event dialog.
  3. Add the event.
Vivaldi Calendar's event editor over a web page.

Tip #376

Create a Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse Gesture to toggle Reader View on and off faster.

Enabling Reader View when reading an article online is a great way to remove distractions and adjust the text for comfortable reading. In Tip #91, we showed you how to enable Reader View from the Address Bar and where to adjust the settings. This tip is about toggling Reader View on and off as fast as possible with shortcuts.

To create a Keyboard Shortcut:

  1. Go to Settings > Keyboard > Page.
  2. Find “Toggle Reader View” and focus on the input field.
  3. Press the key combination you want to use.

To create a Mouse Gesture:

  1. Go to Settings > Mouse > Gesture Mapping.
  2. Click on + New Gesture.
  3. Start typing “Toggle Reader View” to find the command.
  4. Click “Next”.
  5. Hold down the left mouse button and draw the gesture you want to use in the box outlined in red.
  6. Click “Save Gesture”.

Then, whenever you want to switch to Reader View, just use the shortcut you created.

Tip #359

Press Ctrl + Enter to send a message in Vivaldi Mail.

When you already have your fingers on the keyboard when typing a message in Vivaldi Mail, it’s easier to use a Keyboard Shortcut to send the email than to look for the “Send” button on a toolbar.

When you’re ready to send the email, just press Ctrl + Enter (Cmd + Enter on macOS). It’ll also close the composer, allowing you to move on to the next message or continue browsing.

Discover more Mail shortcuts in Settings > Keyboard > Mail or on Vivaldi Help.

Tip #346

Search copied text in a new tab with a single shortcut.

Combining actions often used one after another into a single Command Chain can help you streamline your browsing. One of the many Command Chains you can create is searching for text you have copied to the clipboard in a new tab. That way you can skip opening a new tab, focusing on the address field, pasting your search term in it, and executing the search. It’s all done with the use of a single shortcut or click of a button.

To create the Command Chain:

  1. Go to Settings > Quick Commands > Command Chains.
  2. Click on “Add Command Chain” below the list of existing chains.
  3. Give the new chain a name
  4. Add the following commands:
    1. New Tab,
    2. Delay (with the parameter value, for example, 100),
    3. Focus Address Field,
    4. Paste and Go.
  5. Go to Settings > Keyboard and/or Settings > Mouse, look for the new chain in the list of commands, and create a shortcut for it.
    In addition, you can open the Toolbar Editor and add the new chain as a button on one of the browser toolbars.
Command Chain settings

Tip #334

Press Space to scroll down a page and fast forward to the next one.

Whenever you’re browsing through content that’s been divided into pages (search results, online store catalog, etc.) you’ll likely do a lot of scrolling and looking for the “next page” button. In Vivaldi, you can do all of it with a single keyboard key.

By pressing Space, the page will be scrolled down a screen height at a time. Once you reach the end of the page, pressing Space will load the next page.

Check out the video below to see it in action.

Tip #327

Open Panels with Keyboard Shortcuts and Mouse Gestures.

Whether to check the progress of your downloads, translate something, or check what’s next on your agenda, opening and closing Panels with shortcuts is an efficient way to take a quick look.

First, go to Settings > Keyboard > View and Settings > Mouse > Gesture Mapping to review and add shortcuts.

Then whenever you want to open one of the panels just use the shortcut for both opening and closing the panel. If you already have one open, the shortcut will switch focus to the one you need.

Keyboard Shortcut settings open at Panel shortcuts.

Tip #310

Open links in new (background) tabs quickly with Mouse Gestures.

Mouse Gestures are an excellent way to execute commands in the browser with little mouse movements. For example, when researching something on a web page that references many other pages, you can open these links easily in new background tabs without losing your spot on the page you’re currently on.

To open a link in a new tab using a Mouse Gesture:

  1. Hover the mouse cursor over the link you want to open.
  2. Hold down the right mouse button.
  3. Drag the mouse down and up again to open it in a new background tab or drag the mouse just down to open the link in a new foreground tab.
  4. Release the mouse button.

Explore more gestures in Settings > Mouse > Gesture Mapping.

Tip #280

Create custom shortcuts for switching to the next and previous Workspace.

Whether you prefer to use Keyboard Shortcuts, Mouse Gestures or Quick Commands, Vivaldi has got you covered. There are countless customizable shortcuts for commands in Vivaldi, including for Workspaces, that you can use to browse faster.

To create custom Keyboard Shortcuts for switching Workspaces:

  1. Go to Settings > Keyboard > Workspaces.
  2. Place the mouse in the input field next to “Next Workspace” or “Previous Workspace”.
  3. Press the keys you want to use for the shortcut.

To create custom Mouse Gestures for switching Workspaces:

  1. Go to Settings > Mouse > Gesture Mapping.
  2. Click on + New Gesture below the list of gestures.
  3. Type “Next Workspace” or “Previous Workspace” in the search field.
  4. Click Next.
  5. In the highlighted box, while holding down the left mouse button, draw the gesture path.
  6. Click Save Gesture.

If you like to use Quick Commands, just type “Next Workspace” or “Previous Workspace” in Quick Commands menu and press Enter to switch Workspaces.

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 #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 #206

Press E to view all emails to and from selected email address.

If you work with email a lot, efficiency is important. Keyboard shortcuts, especially Single Key Shortcuts, in Vivaldi Mail help you to go through your messages with ease.

We’ve already shared some useful shortcuts in Tip #49 and Tip #163. Today, let’s talk about the shortcut “E”. When you’re viewing an email and would like to take a look at other emails from and to the same sender, just press “E” on your keyboard to display all correspondence between you and the contact.

If the shortcut doesn’t seem to work, go to Settings > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts and make sure Mail and Calendar Single Key Shortcuts has been enabled.

Other ways to view messages for the sender:

  • Open a message, right-click on the message header and select Show Messages for Sender.
  • Right-click on a message in the list of messages, select Sender > Show Messages for Sender from the context menu.
  • Type “Show Messages for Sender” in Quick Commands.
  • Create a Mouse Gesture for the action.