Tip #473

Enable “Focus All Controls and Links” to be able to use the Tab key to go through more than just input fields on a web page.

When you press the Tab key, by default, it only focuses on input fields (search, login, forms, etc.) and a few other elements on the page. But by changing one setting you can browse through everything on a web page (in addition to the aforementioned, input fields, menus, links, etc.)

To enable this option:

  1. Go to Settings > Webpages > Webpage Focus.
  2. Select “Focus All Controls and Links”.

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 #459

Scroll back to the top of the page with Mouse Gestures.

Have you scrolled on a page for a while and now need to get back to the top? You could scroll the same amount in the opposite direction, drag the scrollbar on the side of the window, or use a keyboard shortcut. You can also use Mouse Gestures and simply draw a line anywhere on the page while holding down the right mouse button.

To create a Mouse Gesture for scrolling:

  1. Go to Settings > Mouse > Gesture Mapping.
  2. Click on + “New Gesture”.
  3. Search for “Scroll Page to Top”.
  4. Click “Next”.
  5. While holding down the left mouse button, draw the gesture you want to use for the action.
  6. Click “Save Gesture”.

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 #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 #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 #309

Install Vivaldi Social as a Progressive Web App to use it in an independent window.

Vivaldi Social (and other Mastodon instances) can be accessed in Vivaldi through a web page in a Tab or Web Panel and you can connect to the Fediverse from Mastodon’s desktop and mobile apps. If you’d like to have something between the two, you can install Vivaldi Social as a Progressive Web App, which allows you to use Vivaldi Social with the Vivaldi Browser, but in its own dedicated window.

To install Vivaldi Social as a PWA on desktop:

  1. Open social.vivaldi.net in a tab.
  2. Right-click on the tab to open the context menu.
  3. Select “Install Vivaldi Social”.
  4. Click Install to add an icon to your desktop.

You can also create a shortcut for Vivaldi Social in Vivaldi on Android:

  1. Open social.vivaldi.net in a tab.
  2. Open the browser’s main menu.
  3. Select “Install App”.
  4. Tap on “Install”.
  5. Tap on “Add” or drag the icon to the Home screen.
Dialog in Vivaldi Browser asking to confirm the installation of Vivaldi Social as a Progressive Web App.

Tip #281

Duplicate the active tab and tile both in one step with Command Chains.

Do you regularly find yourself needing to work with content on the same page side by side? Normally you’d duplicate the tab first and then tile them, but with Vivaldi’s Command Chains, you can get to the tiled view much faster.

To set up this Command Chain:

  1. Go to Settings > Quick Commands > Command Chains.
  2. Add a new Command Chain.
  3. Add the following commands to the chain:
    1. Command 1 – Duplicate Selected Tabs.
    2. Command 2 – Tile Vertically/Horizontally.
  4. Create a Keyboard Shortcut, Mouse Gestures and/or add a custom button to a toolbar for executing the chain.
    Straight out of the box, you can type the chain’s name in Quick Commands.

Tip originally shared by our community member Pesala on the Vivaldi Forum.

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 #237

Reload pages with a right-click and up-down mouse movement.

Locating the reload button on the toolbar and moving the mouse to it takes time, so does finding the right key on your keyboard. Making a quick mouse movement while holding down a button your finger is already likely on – less than a second.

To reload a page with a Mouse Gesture:

  1. Hold down the right mouse button.
  2. Move the mouse up a bit and then down again.
  3. Release the mouse button.

Tip #229

Hold down Shift or Ctrl / Cmd key to select multiple tabs.

Selecting multiple tabs at once to execute commands on them can help you cut off seconds if not minutes from your workflow, making you more efficient and productive. In addition to stacking and tiling tabs, you can reload, pin, duplicate, hibernate tabs and a lot more – all at once.

To select multiple tabs in a row:

  1. Select the first tab for your selection.
  2. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard.
  3. Click on the last tab in the selection.

To select tabs one by one:

  1. Select the first tab for your selection.
  2. Hold down the Ctrl (Windows and Linux) or Cmd (macOS) key on your keyboard.
  3. Click on each of the other tabs you want to select.

You can use the same keys to deselect already selected tabs.

See the video below to see tab selection in action.