Tip #445

Click on the link icon on the Calendar event to open the web page.

When you have enabled Event Property Icons in Settings > Calendar > Calendar Display, you’ll see little icons next to the event title showing what kind of information the event includes.

If you’ve added a web link to the event, you can just click the icon to open it, instead of opening the event to view and open the URL. That’s especially useful when you’ve chosen the Minimal View in Vivaldi Calendar, where only the time and event title are displayed.

Vivaldi Calendar with the link property icon highlighted.

Tip #437

Force dark mode on websites that don’t provide a dark theme themselves.

Dark themes have been in for a while, but websites are still catching up with the trend. If you don’t want to wait, you can use Vivaldi’s settings to display even those sites in darker colors.

To enable dark mode:

  1. Go to Settings > Appearance > Website Appearance.
  2. Select “Dark”.
  3. Tick the box for “Force dark theme on all websites”.

Tip #433

Identify Web Pages that are malicious or legitimate by checking the base domain in the Address Field.

Fraudsters are an unfortunate part of the internet, constantly coming up with more and more ways to scam people. To help you spot malicious actors and prevent scams and phishing attacks, Vivaldi highlights the core part of the URL while the rest of the URL will be visible and lowlighted.

For example, if someone is trying to make you think that you’re on Google’s web page, they may use a link similar to this – www.google.fakesite.com. With base domain highlighting in addresses, the real domain will be highlighted and displayed as www.google.fakesite.com. This way you can recognize which company controls the domain and not fall for the scam.

You do have the option to disable base domain highlighting in Settings > Address Bar > Security Features, but we strongly advise you against doing so.

Vivaldi browser window with Address Field highlighted.

Tip #347

Share text with a link to the source from Vivaldi on Android.

“Copy link to highlight” (see Tip #169) is a great feature for sharing a specific part of a web page quickly. Instead of sharing a link and instructing the recipient to scroll past 5 paragraphs of text and 3 images, they’ll be taken to the exact spot you want to highlight (as long as they also use a browser that supports this feature). While on desktop only the link is shared, on Android the highlighted text is also included in the message.

To share text from Vivaldi on Android:

  1. Highlight some text on a web page.
  2. Select “Share” from the menu that appears.
  3. Select the app you want to share the text and link with or tap on Copy.
  4. Follow the app’s sharing steps or paste the text and link to a place of your choice.
Vivaldi on Android with some text highlighted on a web page and menu with the share option in the foreground.

Tip #334

Press Space to scroll down a page and fast forward to the next one.

Whenever you’re browsing through content that’s been divided into pages (search results, online store catalog, etc.) you’ll likely do a lot of scrolling and looking for the “next page” button. In Vivaldi, you can do all of it with a single keyboard key.

By pressing Space, the page will be scrolled down a screen height at a time. Once you reach the end of the page, pressing Space will load the next page.

Check out the video below to see it in action.

Tip #322

Adjust page zoom per website with an easy slider in Vivaldi on Android.

In Tip #119, we shared how to change the Zoom level of text in Vivaldi on Android. Today we have an even cooler option to show you.

Did you know that you can add an option to the Vivaldi menu that allows you to change the zoom level only on the open site? And it will stay the same for that website even if you navigate to other sites and then back again, or open the link in a different tab. If the developers of the website have done a good job, the text should also reflow nicely.

To enable and use zoom per site:

  1. Go to Settings > Web Pages > Accessibility.
  2. Enable “Show zoom option in main menu”.
  3. Exit Settings.
  4. To use zoom, open the browser’s main menu.
  5. Select “Default zoom”.
  6. Tap on + and – on the side or drag the slider to change the zoom level.
News article from Ars Technica open in Vivaldi on Android. The zoom slider is visible near the bottom of the screen and the zoom level has been changed to 150%.

Tip #321

See where you are on a long web page by enabling Page Minimap.

Just like in many code editors, the same way in Vivaldi, you can display a minimap on the right side of the browser window that gives you an overview of the web page and shows which part of it you’re currently focusing on.

By clicking the minimap or dragging the shaded area (your current location on the page), you can easily jump to a different spot on the page.

To enable the minimap:

  1. Click on Page Actions on the Status Bar.
  2. Enable “Page Minimap”.
Page Actions menu open with Page Minimap enabled. Minimap can be seen in the background on the right side of the browser window.

Tip #298

Open a link in a different Workspace through the context menu.

Workspaces allow you to divide tabs into independent sections. But what if you come across a link in one space that you’d like to open in another? You could open the link in the current Workspace and move the tab to a different one, but it’s faster to open it directly as a new tab in the Workspace you want to have the page in.

To open a link in a different Workspace:

  1. Right-click on the link to open the context menu.
  2. Select “Open Link in Another Workspace” > select the destination Workspace.
Social media site open in Vivaldi browser. Link's right-click context menu is open showing how to open the link in a new Workspace.

Tip #293

Enable “Show Full Address” to see the complete web page URL without needing to focus on the Address Field.

Looking at the Address Field you may have noticed that you don’t see the full address unless you focus on it. That’s because we want you to easily see the most important parts of the URL – the domain and the path. The protocol in front can give you false security, and parameters and anchors at the end can add so much confusion that it can be hard to see which website you are using.

But if you prefer to see the full address at all times:

  1. Right-click on the Address Field.
  2. Select “Always Show Full Address”.

Alternatively, enable it in Settings > Address Bar > Address Field Options.

Two Address Fields. One showing only the domain and path, the other showing a full address.

Tip #287

Open files stored on your computer in Vivaldi Browser.

Instead of switching between different apps while working on your computer, open local files in their own tab in the browser and work with everything in one place. It allows you to group, tile, and use many other features on both web pages and local files together.

To open a local file in Vivaldi, use one of the following methods:

  • Open the main Vivaldi menu > File > Open File (Ctrl + O / ⌘ O) and look for the file.
  • Drag the file from the File Manager/Finder to the browser window.
  • Type File:///C:/ (on Windows) or file:// (on macOS and Linux) in the Address Field and browse through the folders for the file.
  • Copy the file or folder path from File Manager/Finder to Vivaldi’s Address Field.

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 #264

Select text on a page before opening Find in Page to prefill the search field.

When there’s too much content on a page to read it all, you can search through the text with Find in Page.

To open Find in Page’s search field:

If you’ve already come across the keyword you want to search for on the page, select the keyword (or phrase) and only then open Find in Page. That way you can get to the results immediately, without needing to type the search term manually.

Tip #263

View all installed Progressive Web Apps on vivaldi://apps.

Progressive Web Apps, or PWAs for short, are websites that are installed as independent applications and are opened from shortcuts to their own window.

To get an overview of all your PWAs, type vivaldi://apps in the Address Field and press Enter.

There, when right-clicking on the app logo, you can open the PWA, adjust settings, create a new shortcut and remove the app.

vivaldi://apps open in Vivaldi browser's tab.

Tip #257

Disable the internal PDF viewer, if you prefer to use different PDF software.

It’s convenient to open PDF files from web pages in a browser tab to take a quick look. If you want to use more advanced features to edit and manage PDFs you can also use your computer’s default PDF software.

To prefer dedicated PDF software when opening PDF files:

  1. Go to Settings > Web Pages > Plugins.
  2. Uncheck the box for Enable Internal PDF Viewer.

When the setting is disabled and you’re trying to view a PDF file, a dialog to save or open it will be displayed first.