Tip #329

Stay focused on your work with the help of the Pomodoro timer.

The Pomodoro technique is a popular time management technique where you divide bigger tasks into 25-minute increments with a 5-minute break in between. Vivaldi Browser has the Pomodoro timer included with the Clock you’ll find on the Status Bar.

To start the timer:

  1. Click on the Clock in the bottom right corner of the browser window.
  2. In the Countdown section, select “Pomodoro”.
  3. Click on Start to start the timer.

If you’ve deleted the Pomodoro timer, create a new timer by setting the countdown time to 25 minutes and giving the new timer a name.

Bottom right corner of the Vivaldi browser window with Clock's menu open and Pomodoro timer selected.

Tip #306

Hide the Status Bar to give more space for page content in Vivaldi on Android.

You can gain a few pixels for displaying more web content and/or hide distracting notification icons from view, by hiding Android’s Status Bar. It’s especially useful when you tend to browse more with Vivaldi in landscape mode.

To hide your mobile devices Status Bar while using the app:

  1. Go to Settings > Appearance > Status Bar Visibility.
  2. Select, whether to show or hide the Status Bar, or to show it in portrait mode, but hide it in landscape mode.
Two mobile phones with Vivaldi on Android open. One has the Status Bar visible, the other has it hidden.

Tip #113

Hide the Status Bar to give more space for page content.

Status Bar on the bottom edge of the browser window includes useful information and is the place to access many of Vivaldi’s key features. But sometimes being able to see those extra pixels on a page is more valuable. Or maybe you just like a clean minimalistic look. Hiding the Status Bar would be one way to achieve these goals.

To hide the Status Bar or display it again, use one of the following options:

  • Go to Settings > Appearance > Status Bar to decide whether to:
    • Always show the Status Bar;
    • Only show status info overlay;
    • Hide it completely.
  • Go to Vivaldi menu button Vivaldi Menu > View >  Show Status Bar.
  • Type “Status Bar” in Quick Commands.
  • Use the Keyboard Shortcut Ctrl+Shift+S / ⌘ / to toggle the visibility.
  • Create a Mouse Gesture for the action.

To still use the features on the Status Bar, consider moving the buttons you need to the Address Bar. Check out Tip #102 or the Help page about Editing Toolbars for instructions. Alternatively, look for other ways to access them, for example via the main Vivaldi menu or through shortcuts.

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 #102

Customize browser toolbars from Vivaldi menu > View > Customize Toolbar.

In Tip #4 we told you how to move buttons around on the browser Toolbars. That method still works, but since then we’ve added even more flexibility to customizing Toolbars, giving you full control of your toolbar layouts. You can add, move and remove any of the components on the Navigation Toolbar, Status Bar, Mail Toolbar, Mail Composer Toolbar and Mail Message Toolbar. You can even add your custom Command Chains as buttons on the toolbars.

To customize the toolbars:

  1. Go to Vivaldi menu > View > Customize Toolbar.
    Alternatively, right-click on one of the buttons on a toolbar and select Edit > Customize Toolbar.
  2. While the Toolbar Editor window is open:
    • Click and drag new components to the toolbars,
    • Move components around without the need to hold down the Ctrl / ⌘ key,
    • Drag and drop components you want to remove on the background area (area that isn’t a toolbar, nor the editor window).
  3. Click on the background area to close the Toolbar Editor.

Feel free to mix and match components from various toolbars. For example, you can add the Compose New Mail button to the Navigation Bar and Extensions to Mail toolbars.