Vivaldi is a relatively new web browser. This browser was firstly released on the April of 2016. The developer of this web browser is a company called Vivaldi Technologies. This company was founded by former Opera CEO and also co-founder of Opera Stephenson von Tetzchner.
The Vivaldi layout was built using the same engine as Google Chrome and Opera, Blink. While the core of this browser was written in C++. The glance look of this web browser is quite similar to Opera instead of Chrome. But, once you dig deeper, there are some features of Vivaldi that don’t available on Opera and other modern browsers. Conversely, there are some Opera features that don’t available on Vivaldi, including built-in VPN.
Vivaldi is released as a free, cross-platform software. You can install this web browser on major platforms. Be it Windows, Linux or macOS. The most appeal thing about Vivaldi is that it comes with a number of features that basically simple but pretty useful. If you haven’t tried Vivaldi and curious about its features, here are some of the appeal features of the web browser.
1. Web Page Gauge
The first simple but useful feature offered by Vivaldi is the web page gauge. You will see this feature every time you load a new web page. On the address bar of Vivaldi you will see the loading bar that shows certain number. That number shows the total size of the page you load. If you are running Vivaldi on a low-spec computer this feature is pretty helpful to give you an insight about the page you are opening since the bigger the total size the page you load, the more resources will be used.
2. Capture Page
As you probably can guess, this feature is used to capture the current page you are accessing. You can either capture the whole page or just selected area within the page. When you use this feature for the first time, Vivaldi will create a new folder inside the Picture folder of your system. The folder will be titled “Vivaldi Captures”. You can find the feature of Capture Page on the status bar of Vivaldi. This feature is represented by a camera icon. By default, Vivaldi doesn’t display the status bar. You can display it clicking the View menu and select Show Status Bar (you can access the main menu of Vivaldi by clicking the Vivaldi icon at the top-left most corner).
Or, you can also access this feature from the Tools menu. Well, this feature is probably not completely unique and since the latest version of Firefox has also equipped with the similar feature. However, at least Vivaldi comes first to offer this feature than other browsers.
3. Visual Tabs
The visual tabs feature of Vivaldi will be useful if you are the kind of person who often open too many tabs at the same time. This feature will display a small pop containing the preview of the page when you hover a certain tab. You can also preview all of the open tabs if you wish it. To do this, just click the line between tabs and Vivaldi address bar and drag it downwards. You will see the preview of all the tabs in a single place (see the picture above). If you work with a wide-screened computer, you can keep the previews open for easier tab switching, while you can work in the active tab.
4. Tab Stacks
The visual tabs feature offered by Vivaldi is obviously helpful. However, not all people are pleased to see too many tabs when working. But, I am sure enough that you never work with only a single tab. Don’t you?
Vivaldi makes it possible if you want to open many tabs but don’t want to see them on the tab bar. It’s because the browser comes with a Tab Stacks features. Like the name suggests, this feature allows you to stack the open tabs. For instance, you probably want to stack the tabs from the same sites on a single tab. This way, you can save the space of the tab bar to make your browser looks neater. To stack tabs, just drag one tab over another. If the other tab shows a small divider line at the top, it means the tabs are now stacked.
5. Tab Tiling
Tab Tiling is one of the Vivaldi features that all multitaskers will love to. This feature is the continuation of Tab Stacks. If you have put together several tabs into a single tab, you can open them in a single tab using the feature of Tab Tilling. This feature will split the active tab into four or two parts depend on the option you choose, whether vertically or horizontally. You can see this feature on the status bar of Vivaldi. Right next to the Capture Page feature.
Or, you can also tile/split a tab stack by right-clicking on it (Tab Stack) and select the Tile Tab Stack option from the context menu. However, this feature will only be optimal if you are working with a wider screen.
Most modern web browsers require you to install additional add-on totake a note. Vivaldi comes with a built-in feature which allows you taking some notes without having to install any additional add-on. Taking a note in Vivaldi is extremely easy. Just block a certain text in the page you are opening and right-click on it. On the appeared menu you will see an option of “Copy to Note”. Simply select this option. Other method, you can click the “+” button on the Note menu from the side panel.
In addition to text, you can also add other elements such as images of the captured page and also file you can select from your computer. Furthermore, you can manage all of the taken notes by putting them together in different folders based on each category.
7. Trash Can
When working with web browser you sometimes accidentally closed tabs that you actually didn’t meant to. Vivaldi has the feature to re-accessing the deleted tabs quickly. The feature is called Trash Can. In the tab bar of Vivaldi you can see the trash icon next to window controller. Clicking the icon you can see the recently closed tabs. Including the ones that you closed without you didn’t meant to.
8. Nickname Bookmarks
Another useful feature of Vivaldi that helps you work faster is Nickname Bookmarks. This feature allows you to set a nickname of each page you bookmark. You can use the nickname for a quicker access to the bookmarked page. For instance, if you set the nickname of “bt” for bettertechtips.com, you can type “bt” on the address bar in order to access bettertechtips.com. It is much more simpler rather than opening the bookmark manager if you only need to open a single bookmarked page.
9. Session Management
One more Vivaldi feature that help you work faster. Vivaldi allows you to save all of the open tabs in the current window as a session. You can then open the saved session to re-open all of the tabs, in a single click. This is simple feature but pretty helpful. You can actually do the same task in Chrome without having to install additional add-on, but the steps are a bit complex.
To save all of the open tabs in Vivaldi you can go to the File menu and select the Save Open Tabs as Session option. To restore the session, just select the upper option.
10. Quick Commands
Usually, you need to click here and there to perform certain task in a web browser. Sure, you can also making use of offered shortcuts to make everything easier and quicker. However, shortcut tend to suit for those with a good memory. Vivaldi has a feature to allow you perform certain tasks without having to perform too many clicks. The feature is Quick Commands.
When you press the F2 button on your keyboard, you will a see a pop up containing a number of tasks you can perform such as open new tab, display the task manager, go to the settings menu and so on. You can also use this feature to access the latest tabs you opened.