Tip #269

Scan QR codes with Vivaldi on Android.

QR codes can be found everywhere, both in the physical world and on the web. It’s common to launch the camera app to scan QR codes and then open the scanned link in a browser or app, but if you want to open the link in Vivaldi anyway, why not use the built-in QR code scanner.

To scan a QR code with Vivaldi on Android:

  1. Open the QR code scanner in one of the following ways:
    • Tap on the Address Field to display the icon (see image below).
    • Tap on the QR code icon in the search widget on your home screen.
    • By long pressing on the app icon and selecting “Scan QR Code”.
  2. Place the frame on the phone’s screen over the QR Code or barcode.

If the scanner detects a URL, it’ll automatically open the link in a new tab. In case it detects some other information, it offers to copy the information or to do a search with it.

Bonus tip! Use the QR code generator on desktop to quickly share and open links in Vivaldi on Android. See Tip #14 for instructions.

Vivaldi on Android. The Address Field has been focused to reveal the button to scan QR codes.

Tip #144

Cast your browser content to a TV screen with a Chromecast device.

If you have a Chromecast device connected to your TV, you can display audio-visual content, browser tabs or even your computer’s whole screen from Vivaldi on the TV screen.

To start casting:

  1. Make sure your Chromecast is set up and ready to use.
  2. Right-click on the web page or go to  Vivaldi menu > File.
  3. Select Cast.
  4. Choose whether you want to cast a file, a tab or mirror your desktop.
  5. Click on the device you want to cast to.

Some websites detect a Chromecast connection and display the casting option on the website. Look for the  Cast button, for example, on a video player’s menu.

Vivaldi browser window with a Vimeo video about the Vivaldi Community playing in a tab and page context menu open with the Cast option highlighted.

Tip #64

Enable “Show Selected Text Translate Button” to see translations in a pop up.

With Vivaldi Translate, you can translate full web pages and, in the Translate Panel, you can translate your own text or snippets copied from a web page. But you can also translate highlighted text with a click of a button and see the translation in a pop up.

To enable the Translate Button:

  1. Go to Settings > Webpages.
  2. Enable “Show Selected Text Translate Button

Once the button has been enabled:

  1. On a web page, highlight the text you want to translate.
  2. When a small translate button appears near the selected text, click on it.

The original text and the translation will be displayed in a pop up. You can also change the source and output languages as needed.

Tip #60

Use the built-in alarm and timer to keep track of time.

Vivaldi’s Clock feature, in addition to showing you the current time, allows you to set alarms and do countdowns. For example, set an alarm for the next meeting or start the Pomodoro timer to focus on your tasks.

To set an alarm:

  1. Click on the Clock on the Status Bar (or wherever you’ve moved it to).
  2. Select Alarm.
  3. Choose from preset alarms or create a new one by setting the time and giving it a name.
  4. Click Start.

To set a timer:

  1. Click on the Clock on the Status Bar.
  2. Select Countdown.
  3. Choose from preset timers or create a new one by setting the time and giving it a name.
  4. Click Start.

Tip #29

View image metadata by selecting Image Properties from the photo’s context menu.

Image files can reveal a lot of useful information about the photo and with Vivaldi you can view the information with just two clicks.

To open Image Properties:

  1. Right-click on the image.
  2. Select (Image >) Image Properties.

A new tab will open with the photo and all available information about it.

Image properties open in a Vivaldi tab.

Check out this blog post to learn more about the feature and to test it on a few example photos.