Tip #490

Use search filters in Vivaldi Mail to find the message you’re looking for.

Scrolling through your long lists of messages isn’t really an option if you receive a lot of mail. That’s when the search field with its filters comes to the rescue helping you find the message you’re looking for.

To search for a message in Vivaldi Mail:

  1. Type something relevant to the message in the search field.
  2. Use the available filters to narrow down your search.

The options include:

  • Searching through all messages or specific accounts or folders.
  • Specifying the date range.
  • Looking for senders or recipients (From, To, CC).
  • Searching by the email subject.
  • Searching by something in the body of the message.
  • Showing only messages that include attachments.
  • Use the conjunction NOT to only find messages that do not match with the search keyword.
Vivaldi Mail with focus on the search section.

Tip #453

If you’ve moved the Address Bar to the bottom on mobile, also reverse the order of search suggestions.

When you’re holding your phone with just one hand, having everything important within easy reach on the screen is vital. That’s why, when you have the Address Bar at the bottom in Vivaldi on Android or iOS, you can bring the most relevant search suggestions closer to the bottom of the screen as well.

To reverse the search suggestions order on Android:

  1. Go to Settings > Appearance.
  2. If you haven’t already, enable “Address Bar At Bottom”.
  3. Toggle on “Reverse search suggestion order”.
  4. Restart the app.

To reverse the search suggestions order on iOS:

  1. Go to Settings > Tabs.
  2. If you haven’t already, select “Bottom” for Address Bar Position.
  3. Toggle on “Reverse search suggestion order”.
Reversed search suggestions order and the settings page open on two iOS devices.

Tip #434

Search for your own posts on Vivaldi Social by preceding the search term with “from:me”.

As an active poster on Vivaldi Social, you might find it hard to locate your old posts as scrolling through all the posts you’ve made and boosted will take a long time. If you remember a word or a phrase you used in the post, you can use Vivaldi Social’s search feature to find that specific post.

To search your own posts:

  1. In the search field type “from:me”.
  2. Follow it with a space and the word or phrase you want to search for.
  3. Press “Enter” to see the results.

You can explore the full list of search operators in Tip #368.

Vivaldi Social with the search field and it's dropdown menu highlighted.

Tip #422

Keep the text you typed in the Search Field even after completing the search.

When doing consecutive searches with overlapping terminology, you can save time by keeping the previous search in the Search Field. That way you’ll only need to edit the search keywords slightly to start a new search.

To enable this setting:

  1. Go to Settings > Search > Search Options
  2. Enable “Keep Typed Text After Searching”.

Tip #420

Disable Search Engine Nicknames in Vivaldi on Android to prevent accidental search engine switching.

Single-letter Search Engine Nicknames allow you to quickly switch search engines from the Address Bar of Vivaldi on Android. But if, for example, due to characteristics in the language you use, you find yourself unintentionally switching search engines you can disable the feature.

To disable nickname use:

  1. Go to Settings > Search Engine Settings.
  2. Toggle off “Enable Search Engine Shortcut”.

Tip #405

Set different default Search Engines for Standard and Private Tabs in Vivaldi on Android.

You may be comfortable with one search engine for your everyday browsing but prefer a different search engine when you want stronger privacy. In Vivaldi on Android, like in Vivaldi on desktop and iOS (see Tip #378), you have the choice to set separate Search Engines as the default ones for Standard Tabs and Private Tabs.

To update the default search engines:

  1. Go to the Vivaldi menu > Settings > Search Engine.
  2. Select either “Standard Tab” or “Private Tab”.
  3. Tap on the search provider you want to set as the default one.
  4. Exit by going back to the main Settings menu using the  back arrow.

Tip #389

Add Vivaldi’s Search widget to your Home Screen on iOS to start a search or navigate to a web page with just one tap.

With a search widget on your iPhone’s or iPad’s Home Screen, you can open a new tab or a private tab and start entering a search term or a web page URL into Vivaldi with only one tap on the widget. Additionally, you can open the QR scanner.

To add a widget to your Home Screen:

  1. Long press on your Home Screen.
  2. Tap on the + button in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Find Vivaldi’s widget and tap on it.
  4. Select whether you want to add Quick Actions or just a simple Search widget.
  5. Tap on “Add Widget”.
  6. Tap and hold to move it around on the Home Screen.

Tip #378

Set default search engines for both standard and private tabs in Vivaldi on iOS.

Like the results and features of one search engine, but want to amp up the privacy of search in private tabs? In Vivaldi on iOS, like in the desktop version, you have the choice to set separate search engines as the default ones for standard tabs and private tabs.

To update the default search engines:

  1. Go to the Vivaldi menu > Settings > Search Engine.
  2. Select either “Standard Tab” or “Private Tab”.
  3. Tap on the search engine you want to set as the default one.
  4. Exit by tapping Done or go back to the main Settings menu using the  back arrow.
Search Engine settings in Vivaldi on iOS.

Tip #368

Filter search results on Vivaldi Social using search operators.

When you add a # in front of your search term (without spaces) on Vivaldi Social, it’ll search for posts with that hashtag. When you add an @, it will look for matching usernames. But there are many operators that you can additionally use to filter search results. See the full list below:

  • has:media – Shows posts with attachments (images, audio, video).
  • has:poll – Shows posts with a poll.
  • has:embed – Shows posts with links that display embedded media (for example, YouTube or PeerTube)
  • language:fr using language codes – Shows posts in the specified language.
  • is:reply – Shows posts that are replies to other posts.
  • is:sensitive – Shows posts that are marked as sensitive.
  • from:user – Shows posts from the specified user.
  • from:me – Shows your own posts.
  • in:all – Shows results from posts that are visible to you.
  • in:library – Shows posts you have made and/or interacted with.
  • before:YYYY-MM-DD – Shows posts that were published before the specified date.
  • during:YYYY-MM-DD – Shows posts that were published on the specified date.
  • after:YYYY-MM-DD – Shows posts that were published after the specified date.
Vivaldi Social's Search field with its dropdown menu highlighted on the Explore page.

Tip #365

Add Custom Search Engines to Vivaldi on desktop manually in the browser’s Settings.

Vivaldi comes with a selection of Search Engines, many of which generate revenue for us, which helps us keep doing what we’re doing. But you can also add your own Search Engines to Vivaldi, such as scientific journal databases, favorite shopping sites, dictionaries, news sites, and almost any other website that has a search field on it.

We shared a quick way of adding new Search Engines in Tip #74. That option doesn’t work on every website, though, so another option is to add one manually.

To add new Search Engines manually:

  1. Do a search on the website you want to add.
  2. In the search results page link, replace the search keyword with %s or %S.
    For example, https://help.vivaldi.com/?s=workspaces >>> https://help.vivaldi.com/?s=%s.
  3. Copy the link.
  4. Go to Settings > Search > Search Engines.
  5. Click on ➕ Add Search Engine below the list of existing Search Engines.
  6. Give the new Search Engine a name and a short nickname.
  7. Paste the link in the URL field.

Now you can type the Search Engine Nickname followed by your search keyword(s) in the Address Field and get to results much faster.

Search Engine settings in Vivaldi on desktop.

Tip #305

Turn the Search Field on the Address Bar into a Search Button.

If you feel like the Search Field takes a little too much space on your Vivaldi Browser’s Address Bar, you can have it displayed as a button instead. The button is also a great option if you want to move the Search function to the vertical Panel bar.

To display Search as a button:

  1. Go to Settings > Search > Search Field Display.
  2. Select “Show as a Button”.

To search for something on the web, click on the button to show the full Search Field.

Vivaldi Browser with Search field replaced with a Search Button. The button has been clicked to show the search field.

Tip #292

Instead of looking through folders of Bookmarks, search for the one you need.

It’s easy to have too many Tabs open, but it’s even easier to accumulate a large number of Bookmarks. Finding a bookmark by scrolling through the long lists and folders can be time-consuming. Using the search option in the Bookmarks Panel, Bookmarks Manager, Address Field, or Quick Commands will find the correct bookmark for you a lot faster.

To search for Bookmarks, start typing the name, URL, nickname, or description in one of the places mentioned above and (double-)click on a search result to open the bookmark.

Tip #288

Give the Search Field the space it needs by resizing it.

In addition to deciding what elements are displayed on your Vivaldi Browser’s toolbars, you can also adjust the size of some of them, for example, the Search Field on the Address Bar.

To resize the Search Field:

  1. Hover over the left edge of the Search Field.
  2. Click and drag the mouse left to make it bigger or right to make it smaller.

Tip #279

Make your favorite search engine the default on Vivaldi on Android.

There are a lot of search engines you can use to find information on the internet. Vivaldi on Android comes with a good selection and allows you to set your preferred search engine as the default one, while still allowing you to quickly use others via Search Engine Nicknames.

To change the default search engines:

  1. Go to Vivaldi menu > Settings > General > Search Engine.
  2. Tap on the search engine of your choice to make it the default one.

If the search engine you like most isn’t listed, check Tip #230 to see how you can add more.

Search Engines settings page in Vivaldi on Android.