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Vivaldi Browser

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This page was getting too long with updates for every version. I have retained only the latest Stable version and Snapshot releases. I trimmed the ever growing list of bugs, leaving only the most significant of those that I have reported, and added a short list of long-standing feature requests that many users want. I am waiting for the built-in email client and a few more options, before I stop using Opera 12.18 entirely, but Vivaldi has been my default browser for a long time. It has some great features that boost my productivity, like customisable shortcuts, Web Panels, Notes, Tab Tiling, and Tab Stacking.

Site SettingsPage Tiling Page ZoomPage ActionsVivaldi SettingsWeb Panels

Stable: 2.6Latest SnapshotTop Feature RequestsModificationsSignificant Bugs

Some Useful Threads

Site Settings

Click the site info icon in the address bar to display a popup menu showing the settings for the current site.

The Cookies link on this popup tells you about the cookies set for the current site.

The Site Settings link opens a dialogue to change settings for Location, Camera, Microphone, Notifications, Javascript, Flash, Images, Popups and Redirects, Ad Blocking, Background Sync, Sound, Automatic Downloads, MIDI devices, USB Devices, Unsandboxed plug-ins access, Clipboard, and Payment Handlers.

Page Tiling

If one or more tabs are selected, the tiling icon is active, allowing the tiles to be tiled horizontally, vertically, or as a grid. Tiling can also be removed if it is already enabled for the current tab. In the latest Snapshot, tiles can now be resized by dragging the separator.

Image Toggle

Images can be hidden or displayed on the current page, or only cached images can be shown.

Page Zoom

The Zoom Slider allows the page zoom to be changed with the range 20% to 500% in 10% increments. Any value in that range can be set by entering it in the zoom field to the right of the slider. Click on Reset to change it back to whatever default value you have set in Settings, Webpages. In Settings, Appearance, Use Buttons in Range Controls, to choose between a slider and buttons. This affects all controls that have a range slider.

Page Actions

Mouse-over and click to preview page actionsVivaldi has a Page Actions button <> at the bottom right of the interface, just to the left of the Zoom slider.

Click this to show a popup menu of something akin to User Style sheets in Opera 12.18.

The most useful of them may be Reader View, which enlarges fonts, hides media, and changes the background to grey. Open any BBC news article to see a Reader View icon in the URL field that toggles this mode on/off. Image colours are not inverted, just text and page background.

Filter Invert may be helpful for those who prefer white text on a black background.

Filter Black and White works as one would expect. This may be useful for colour-blind users if a site uses text on coloured backgrounds that is hard to read.

The Filter Obscure option offers some privacy if someone is looking over your shoulder. If it is left enabled, moving the mouse cursor to the page shows the page content again. Mouse-over the Page Actions icon to obscure the page content.

Vivaldi uses CSS for the page and interface elements. The Page Actions mentioned above apply CSS styles to the page.

Ask on the forums if you need help on using CSS. Almost anything can be changed if you know how. I hope that it will be made easier to make changes in future versions.

Changes are lost on installing updates, so follow the recommendation given in this post.

Vivaldi Settings

Vivaldi now has all of the most important features: Auto-update, Bookmark import from Opera 12.18 and other browsers, customisable shortcuts and mouse gestures, tab-stacking, and find in page. Tab tiling is an excellent feature that already exceeds what could be done in Opera, even though Vivaldi lacks a Multiple Document Interface (MDI).

The developers release regular snapshots, fixing bugs and adding new features. Bookmark the Vivaldi Blog to keep abreast of developments. Help, check for updates to see if you have the latest version of whichever development channel you use — Stable or Snapshot. The update check will happen automatically on launching Vivaldi. You can opt to install now or skip and update later.

The image below shows how tiles can be resized by dragging. The Toggle UI shortcut (default = Ctrl F11) will hide toolbars, which can be shown again with other shortcuts. Click the image to see the Vivaldi window with a vertically tiled tab-stack showing the previews, which update to show the current page view. Tab stacks can be closed with the close button, and each tab in the stack has its own close button on the tab preview. Two or more tabs in a stack can be tiled vertically. Stacked tabs can be pinned by using a shortcut, but pinned tabs cannot yet be stacked.

Click to View Larger Image of Vivaldi Window

Web Panels

Snapshot 1.0.249.12 introduced web panels. These are usually web pages designed for mobiles, which are narrow enough to look good in the side panel. A YouTube Channel or play list can be used to watch videos or listen to music while you are working. Copy the URL of the page, and add it to the side panel in Vivaldi. The mobile version of Bing Microsoft Translate also makes a very useful panel.

The Downloads Panel shows download progress, and can be sorted by name, type, size, date added, date finished, or address. In later versions all panels can have their own separate width, and the order of Web Panels can be changed with drag and drop.

This search filter can be added as a panel and used to find existing feature requests before adding yet another duplicate that only needs to be locked by the moderators.

See this forum thread for some more Web Panels recommended by Vivaldi users.

Vivaldi 2.6

(Released 20/6/2019)

Latest Snapshot 2.7

(Not Released yet)

Top Feature Requests

These are long-standing feature requests wanted by a lot of users. There is nothing there to make me look for another browser, but at least 1, 2, 6, and 12 would greatly improve my workflow.

  1. Allow Editing of Menus
  2. Configurable Toolbar (Partly Implemented in Vivaldi 2.4)
  3. Sessions Panel
  4. RSS and Atom Reader
  5. Better Cookie Management
  6. Support for MIME Types
  7. Open/Close tab stacking
  8. Option to delete items from disk inside the download panel
  9. Download Manager
  10. Option to Open New Tabs in Background as Default
  11. Auto-Reload Options
  12. More Customisation for the Speed Dial (Partly Implemented in Vivaldi 2.5)
  13. User Agent Spoofing

Modifications

There is a subforum dedicated to creating modifications using CSS and Javascript. Here are a few that I use, which were created for me by others more familiar with CSS. They are all stored in a file named custom.css, which I saved in the Vivaldi installation folder. To enable Custom UI Modifications enter vivaldi://experiments into the address field and enable the flag: “Allow for using CSS Modifications.” In Settings, Appearance, select the path to tell Vivaldi where to look for custom CSS files, and restart the browser. Now, any changes will be applied on restarting Vivaldi. Note, that since this is an experimental feature, there is no guarantee that it will continue to work in later versions.

Transparent Speed Dial Thumbnails

Transparent thumbnails and folders look much better against the Speed Dial background image.

/*Transparent Speed Dial Thumbnails*/

.startpage .dial .thumbnail-image {

background-color: transparent;}

.thumbnail-image {box-shadow: none !important;}

/*Transparent Speed Dial Folders*/

.speeddial .dial-columns .folder .thumbnail .thumbnail-image {box-shadow: none !important;border-width: 0;transition: all 0s ease 0s;}

.speeddial .dial-columns .folder .thumbnail>.thumbnail-image {background: none !important;}

.speeddial .dial-columns .folder .thumbnail .folder-flap {display: none;}

Show Start Page Navigation on Hover

I rarely use the navigation bar in the Speed Dial Page as I have only one Speed Dial, and tend to use the side Panels for Bookmarks and History. However, rather than hide it permanently, this code shows it when the mouse cursor hovers over the top of the Speed Dial Page, and quickly hides it again when the mouse cursor moves away.

/*Show Start Page Navigation Bar on Hover*/

@keyframes hide-startpage-navigation {from {top: 0;}

to {top: -45px; opacity: 0;}

}

.startpage-navigation { animation: hide-startpage-navigation 1s ease forwards; animation-delay: 0.1s;}

.startpage-navigation:hover { animation: show-startpage-navigation 0.1s ease forwards;}

Hide Start Page Background Colour and Images

A default installation, including Desktop Wallpaper and Custom, offers sixteen background images to choose from in Settings, Start Page, Background Image. I only ever use my own custom image, but I left a couple of the better default images. The same code can be used to hide the Background Colour selection boxes. I hid the dark box with the title “Pro.”

The freeware Genetic Viewer 3.5 can generate a large number of seamless patterns, which are ideal for the Start Page.

/*Hide Start Page Background Images*/

.selectbox[title="Pro"], .selectbox[title="Human"], .selectbox[title="Hot Pink"], .selectbox[title="Subtle"], .selectbox[title="Dark"], .selectbox[title="Blueprint"], .selectbox[title="Beach"], .selectbox[title="Light"], .selectbox[title="Starry Night"], .selectbox[title="Pink Cloud"], .selectbox[title="Jellyfish"], .selectbox[title="Purple Lake"], .selectbox[title="Wave"], .selectbox[title="Desktop Wallpaper"]{ visibility: collapse; width: 0; margin: 0;}

Significant Bugs


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