Tip #140

Adjust Mouse Gesture sensitivity to avoid executing commands by accident.

If you’ve noticed yourself using Mouse Gestures without intending to, for example, reloaded a web page with a slight drag downwards instead of just right-clicking on it, increase the stroke length to prevent it from happening. To do that:

  1. Go to Settings > Mouse > Gesture Sensitivity.
  2. Update the minimum stroke length.

Tip #81

Set your preferred commands for Rocker Gestures.

Rocker Gestures are Mouse Gestures used to execute commands with the left and right mouse buttons.

To perform an action using Rocker Gestures, you have two options:

  • Rock to the right – hold down the left mouse button, then click the right mouse button.
  • Rock to the left – hold down the right mouse button, then click the left mouse button.

To edit Rocker Gestures:

  1. Go to Settings > Mouse > Rocker Gestures.
  2. Select a command from the list of available actions. Once you’ve opened the list, you can also type the name of the command to find it faster.

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.

Tip #63

Drag text and links instead of copy-pasting.

Instead of the multi-click copy > locate and focus on destination > paste action you can just drag the highlighted text to the relevant location. Highlighting can be skipped for links.

Places you can drag text to:

  • Address and Search fields on the Address Bar to start a new search (press Enter to execute the search).
  • New Tab button on the Tab Bar to automatically search with the default Search Engine.
  • Notes Panel button to create a new note.
  • Text fields in the same or different tab* and panels.
  • To all of the above in other windows and even applications (both need to be simultaneously visible on your screen).

In addition to the above, you can drag links also to:

  • A tab on the Tab Bar to go to the link in that tab.
  • Add Web Panel button to add the website as a new Web Panel.
  • Bookmarks Bar to create a new bookmark.

In case links can easily be dragged up or down, but not left or right, try disabling Allow Text Selection in Links in Settings > Webpages and reload the page.


*To drag text or links to a different tab:

  1. Highlight the text and start dragging it.
  2. Hover the mouse over the destination tab and wait for the tab to switch.
  3. Drag the text/link to it’s destination in the new tab.

Tip #53

Hold down the right mouse button and scroll to cycle through tabs.

Ctrl/⌘ + Tab and Ctrl/⌘ + Shift + Tab are well-known Keyboard Shortcuts used for cycling through tabs, but in Vivaldi you can also cycle using just your mouse.

To do that, first check that Switch Tabs by Scrolling has been enabled in Settings > Tabs > Tab Features > Tab Cycling. Then you can hover the mouse cursor over the Tab Bar and scroll to switch tabs. Alternatively, regardless of where the mouse cursor is located in the Vivaldi window, you can hold down the right mouse button or ALT key and scroll to cycle through tabs.

To make cycling through tabs even better, enable Show Tab Cycler from Settings > Tabs > Tab Features > Tab Cycling. That way, instead of switching to the next tab immediately, you scroll through tab previews and switch only after you’ve selected a tab and release the right mouse button or ALT key.

Tab Cycler as a list

Tip #35

Hold down the right mouse button and swipe left to go to the previous page.

If you’re used to browsing the web with one hand constantly on the mouse, you can speed up your browsing by using Mouse Gestures.

For example, instead of trying to place the mouse cursor over the right button on the Address Bar or moving the hand away from the mouse to use a Keyboard Shortcut, hold down the right mouse button and swipe left to go back in history. Swipe right if you want to go forward in history. Just make sure the mouse cursor is located on the web page, not on any of the browser toolbars while using the gesture.

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