Tip #508

Open Vivaldi on iOS with an immediate focus on the Address Field from the app icon on the home screen.

If adding a search widget to your Home Screen on iOS (see Tip #389) is not to your liking, you can still open Vivaldi with a new tab ready to type in a search keyword or a web address.

To open a new tab with focus on the Address Field:

  1. Long-press on Vivaldi’s app icon.
  2. Select “New Search” or “Private Search” from the menu.
  3. Start typing your search term or link.
Vivaldi's app context menu on iOS' home screen.

Tip #505

Discover the two ways you can reopen recently closed tabs in Vivaldi on Android.

Vivaldi keeps the most recent tabs, you either unintentionally closed or have changed your mind about closing, available in a list, from where you can easily reopen them.

To open a recently closed tab in the active tab:

  1. Open the Vivaldi menu and select “Recent tabs”.
  2. Tap on the link you want to reopen.

To open a recently closed tab in a new tab:

  1. Open the Tab Switcher.
  2. Navigate to the  Closed Tabs tab.
  3. Tap on the link you want to reopen.
Recently closed tabs menu in Vivaldi on Android.

Tip #504

Hover over the Workspaces menu and scroll to switch Workspaces.

If you have “Switch Tabs By Scrolling” enabled in Settings (see Tip #184), you can switch tabs by using the scroll wheel on your mouse. But did you know, that you can also switch Workspaces like that?

To switch Workspaces:

  1. Hover the mouse cursor over the Workspaces menu on the Tab Bar (or wherever you’ve moved it to).
  2. Use the scroll wheel to move to the next or previous Workspace.

Tip #497

Merge multiple Tab Stacks into one by dragging one stack over the other.

Grouping tabs into Tab Stacks is an excellent way to keep your tabs well-organized. If you want to turn multiple stacks into one, you can do that using drag-and-drop on the Tab Bar or Windows Panel.

To merge Tab Stacks:

  1. Click on and start dragging one of the stacks towards the other.
  2. When the bottom tab stack changes color, release your mouse button to “drop” one stack onto the other.

If drag-and-drop doesn’t seem to work, go to Settings > Tabs > Tab Features > Tab Stack Options and make sure “Allow Stacking by Drag and Drop” is enabled.

Vivaldi Tab Bar in focus showing two stacks being merged.

Tip #488

Create a new Workspace from a selection of tabs.

Have you cumulated a set of tabs that you would now like to move to a new workspace? Instead of first creating a new workspace and then moving the tabs, you can also create a new space while you moving tabs.

To create a new workspace from open tabs:

  1. Select the tabs you want to put in the workspace.
  2. Right-click on one of the selected tabs to open the context menu.
  3. Select Move # Tabs > Workspace > Create Workspace with Selected Tabs.
  4. Give the new workspace a name and select an icon for it.
  5. Click “Create”.

Tip #486

Boost Vivaldi’s performance by enabling the Memory Saver.

Reduce memory usage by automatically hibernating tabs that haven’t been used in a while. This way, active tabs, such as those used for gaming or streaming, can run more smoothly.

To enable the Memory Saver:

  1. Go to Settings > Tabs > Memory Saver.
  2. Select your preferred option:
    • Disabled
    • Automatic (recommended)
    • After 1 Hour Idle
    • After 2 Hours Idle
    • After 3 Hours Idle
    • After 6 Hours Idle

Tip #481

Cycle through Tabs either in recently used order or in the order they’re listed on the Tab Bar.

Cycling through tabs using Keyboard Shortcuts or the scroll wheel of your mouse while holding down the right mouse button is a convenient way to switch tabs. In Vivaldi, you have the power to choose in which order the tabs are cycled through.

To make your choice:

  1. Go to Settings > Tabs > Tab Features > Tab Cycling.
  2. Choose between “Cycle in Recently Used Order” or “Cycle in Tab Order”.

Bonus! See how to enable the visual Tab Cycler in Tip #267.

Tip #477

Double-click on the Tab Bar to open a new tab.

Everyone can find a way to open a new tab in Vivaldi that fits their habits. You can click the + button on the Tab Bar, go through the main menu, or use one of the many shortcuts. But there’s another lesser-known option.

When you have the Tab Bar on the side of the window or at the bottom, you can just double-click on an empty area on the Tab Bar and a new tab will open. When you have the Tab Bar on top, then a double-click will maximize the window or revert it to its previous size, but you can get double-clicks to open new tabs on a top positioned Tab Bar when you turn on Native Window from Window Appearance settings.

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 #464

Close all Private Tabs in Vivaldi on Android from your phone’s Notifications.

When you open at least one private tab in Vivaldi on Android, a little icon of a ghost will appear on your mobile device’s Status Bar. The ghost lets you know that there are Private Tabs open and allows you to close them quickly even when you’re using other apps.

To close all Private Tabs:

  1. Swipe down from the Status Bar to view your Notifications.
  2. Tap on Vivaldi’s notification “Close all private tabs”.
Android phone with Notifications open. There's one notification about Vivaldi browser's private tabs.

Tip #454

Give Saved Sessions unique and easily recognizable names.

Saving tabs as a Session is a great way to save a selection of tabs for easy access at a later date. While you don’t need them, you can close the tabs to declutter your browser and free up some resources.

To rename a Session:

  1. Open the Sessions Panel.
  2. Right-click on the session you want to rename and select “Rename” from the context menu.
  3. Type in the new name and press Enter.
Sessions Panel in Vivaldi browser. Context menu with the Rename option open.

Tip #449

Set Vivaldi’s internal pages as the Homepage or New Tab Page.

Start Page with your Speed Dials isn’t the only option for your Homepage and New Tab Page. You can also set pages of your choice to open when you go to your homepage or open a new tab. It’s common to set a website as one of these pages, but you could also open Bookmarks, Notes, Calendar, and more.

To set an internal page as the Homepage/New Tab Page:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Homepage or Settings > Tabs > New Tab Page.
  2. Select “Specific Page”.
  3. Enter the internal page’s link. For example vivaldi://bookmarks, vivaldi://notes, vivaldi://calendar.

Tip #448

Lock Private Tabs on Android when you leave Vivaldi.

When you leave Private Tabs open for longer, you can lock them for additional privacy. Next time you open Vivaldi and wish to view a private tab, you’ll first be asked for your phone’s or tablet’s screen lock (PIN, password, pattern, etc.).

To enable or disable locking of Private Tabs:

  1. Go to the Vivaldi menu > Settings > Privacy and Security.
  2. Toggle on “Lock Private tabs when you leave Vivaldi”.
  3. Verify yourself with your device’s unlock method.
Privacy and Security settings in Vivaldi on Android. Lock Private Tabs setting is highlighted.

Tip #439

Choose whether to focus on the Address Bar or the Speed Dial in a new tab in Vivaldi on Android.

When you open a new tab, do you usually start typing a website link or a search term in the Address Field, or do you open one of your favorite Speed Dial bookmarks? Vivaldi on Android allows you to choose your preferred option and, depending on your choice, either opens the keyboard, so you can start typing immediately, or keeps it closed so you can view the Speed Dials.

To review your choice:

  1. Go to Settings > Tabs > Focus Address Bar on New Tab.
  2. Toggle the setting off, if you prefer to see the Speed Dials or leave it enabled, for the keyboard to pop up.
Settings in Vivaldi on Android, highlighting "Focus Address Bar on New Tab:.