Tip #188

Create independent apps from websites by installing them as Progressive Web Apps.

If you like to use web services in their own app, give Progressive Web Apps (PWA) in Vivaldi Browser a try. They can be opened from shortcuts and used in their own window separate from the main browser.

To install a website as a PWA:

  1. In a tab, open the website you want to install.
  2. While the site is open in the active tab, right-click on the tab on the Tab Bar.
  3. Select Install [website name] from the context menu.
  4. Click Install in the small pop up asking you to confirm your action.

In case you don’t see the option to install the website in the context menu, the website doesn’t support running as a PWA. In that case, while the site is open in the active tab:

  1. Choose Create a shortcut from the context menu instead.
  2. Tick the box for Open as Window.
  3. Click Create.
Vivaldi Social open in Vivaldi Browser. On the foreground, the tab's context menu has been opened and the option to install the site as a Progressive Web App has been highlighted.

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 #123

Run multiple actions in one go using Command Chains.

If you regularly use the same commands one after the other, you could create a Command Chain from them, which will execute your chosen commands in a sequence after a single action from you.

To create a Command Chain:

  1. Go to Settings > Quick Commands > Command Chains.
  2. Click on Add Command Chain.
  3. Give the new chain a name.
  4. Change Command 1 to an action you want to execute first.
  5. Click on Add Command on the right side to add the next command in the sequence.
  6. When you’re done adding the commands, click Test Chain to confirm that it works as expected.

Now you can trigger a chain from Quick Commands, assign it a custom Keyboard Shortcut or a Mouse Gesture, or add a button to one of the Toolbars

Take a look at example Command Chains from Vivaldi Community members on https://forum.vivaldi.net/topic/63828/command-chain-recipes.

Tip #105

Pause the internet and hide your browser content from others with Break Mode.

Whether you want to take a break from browsing or hide what you’re viewing from nearby people, Break Mode is here to help. Just press the Take a Break button on the left side of the Status Bar* to hide all content from view and display your Start Page background. When you’re ready to return to browsing, press the big play button in the middle of the screen.

Alternatively, use a Keyboard Shortcut, a Mouse Gesture or Quick Commands to enable and disable Break Mode.
* Don’t see the button? Right-click on the Status Bar, select Edit > Customize Toolbar and drag the button to one of the toolbars.

Vivaldi Browser window with break mode enabled.
Vivaldi Browser window with Break Mode enabled. Theme by Romilly.

Tip #86

Filter search results in Quick Commands to find exactly what you’re looking for.

To search only a specific category in Quick Commands, you can use a the following keywords in front of the search term to filter out only relevant results:

  • Bookmarks – bookmark:
  • Notes – note:
  • Open and Closed Tabs – tab:
  • Browsing History – history:
  • Commands – command:
  • Page Actions – action:

An example:

  1. Press F2 / ⌘ E to open Quick Commands.
  2. Type “bookmark:” followed by your search term.
  3. If the needed search result isn’t highlighted already, use up and down keyboard keys to select the bookmark you were looking for.
  4. Press Enter or click on the bookmark to open it.

It’s also possible to use shorter keywords like bkm: (bookmark), tb: (tab), cmd: (command) and other alternative search terms derived using regular expression.

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 #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.

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 #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 #58

Press F2 / ⌘E to open Quick Commands.

Quick Commands in Vivaldi is a powerful universal search, wrapped in a minimal, command line interface. From Quick Commands you can execute commands, search for open and recently closed tabs, open bookmarks and a lot more.

The fastest way to open Quick Commands is to use the Keyboard shortcut F2 / ⌘ E, but you can also open it from  Vivaldi menu button Vivaldi menu > Tools > Quick Commands or create a Mouse Gesture for the action.

Then just start typing what you’re looking for, select the correct item on the list and press Enter (or click on the item).

Vivaldi browser with Quick Commands open on the Start Page.
Theme source

Tip #51

Type vivaldi://restart in the Address Field to restart the browser.

Perhaps you changed a setting that requires a restart to be applied or you want to clear cookies and history (if your browser configuration clears them on exit) or something else. Whatever the reason, sometimes you just need to restart the browser.

You can of course just close the browser, locate Vivaldi among your Task Bar or Desktop shortcuts and open it again from there, but that can become tedious, if you have to do it often.

As an alternative, you can just type “vivaldi://restart” in the Address Field and press Enter.

Furthermore, you can add Restart as a menu item. To do that:

  1. Go to Settings > Appearance > Menu > Menu Customization.
  2. From the Commands column, drag “Open Link” to the menu, where you want the command to be. For example, you could add it near “Exit” in the Vivaldi Button menu.
  3. Name the command “Restart”.
  4. In the URL field, enter “vivaldi://restart”.
  5. To finish, press Enter on your keyboard.
  6. Check the menu to see the new command.

Tip #49

Press K, G or M on your keyboard to mark messages in Vivaldi Mail and Feeds as read.

In Vivaldi Mail and Feeds, messages don’t get marked read automatically. You’ll actively have to tell the client that you’re done with the message. This way you don’t need to remember to mark a message unread again, in case you want to follow up on it later.

Messages can be marked as read using a button in the user interface, through menus or using shortcuts. Probably the fastest way to mark messages as read is to use a single key shortcut.

Before you start using the shortcuts, make sure you’ve enabled single key shortcuts for Mail, Calendar and Feeds in Settings > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts.

To mark messages as read use one of the following keys:

  • K – mark message as read.
  • G – mark message as read and open the next unread message.
  • M – mark all messages in the message thread as read.

If you wish, you can edit the shortcuts in Settings > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Mail.

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.