Vivaldi Browser Review – Features, Tips and Tricks

Vivaldi web browser for Windows is now available for download. I have seen many peeps on the social networks, especially on Twitter, claiming it to be the best browser for power users of Internet. We had taken a look at the beta version of Vivaldi, a Chromium-based browser, along with a look at some of its features, in the past.  This review of Vivaldi Browser aims to check out important features a user will need or expect from such a browser.

Vivaldi browser review

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We downloaded Vivaldi browser v1.0.435.29 and decided to take it for a run on our Windows 10 PC. Vivaldi can let you set your tabs at the bottom or sides of the page instead of the top. You can even stack tabs on top of one another. Use Web Panels to compare two web pages side by side. Create Notes and more using Vivaldi!

In this post, we will talk about its features and offer some tips & tricks on how to make the best of its features.

1] Speed Dial Feature

While other mainstream browsers do have some thumbnails that act as speed dials on the new tab page, the Vivaldi gives you options to create as many thumbnail speed dials, as you want, using either bookmarks and history or by manually typing in the URL of websites/intranet you wish to use. The thing to note here is that while other browsers set up random thumbnails for you, Vivaldi allows you to add your own.

Fig 2 - Vivaldi Browser 1 0 - Speed Dial Feature

You can even create multiple speed dial screens and even folders that contain more thumbnails. You can name the folder anything, like NEWS folder in the default installation so that you know the contents of bookmarks inside the speed dial folder. Similarly, you can name the second, third and consecutive speed dial screens when creating them. You just need to click on the + sign and then type a name for the screen. Once you created the screen, you cannot rename it so choose the name carefully.

If you wish to use one of those buttons (thumbnails) on speed dials, default or the ones you created, you have to double-click the button. As other browsers allow opening sites with a single click, I waited for sites to open by clicking on the buttons once and thought the speed is too slow. It was only a while after frustration that I came to know I had to double click them.

You’ll see the Speed Dial Screen whenever you open a new tab or when you launch the Vivaldi Browser 1.0 unless you change it in the Settings using the icon available at the bottom of the left pane.

2] Using Bookmarks and History for navigation

You have the option of using Bookmarks and History from the Speed Dial screen itself. You have two distinct labels that show you the bookmarks available and the history when clicked individually. You can even search within the websites to land up to a specific part of that web page – if you had visited it earlier – in the History tab/label.

You can also show up the bookmarks by clicking the bookmarks icon in the left pane. It is the topmost icon. A pane opens towards the left and shows you the main bookmarks folders. You can open the folders, rearrange folders and do whatever you want with the list of bookmarks. You can also import bookmarks from other browsers using the Settings icon at the bottom of the left pane.

While you are at the History tab on Speed Dial screen, you can easily delete selected or all the history entries. If you want to go into details and remove individual cookies, you’ll have to remove them from the Settings menu.

That takes care of navigation and privacy in Vivaldi Browser 1.0. For more features, check out the Privacy tab in Settings.

3] Docking websites to the Left Panel

This is one of the Vivaldi 1.0 features that you would want to use. If you need to keep an eye on something even as you work, you can dock a website as a panel in the browser. You just have to click the + sign in the left sidebar and enter the address of the website you wish to dock. You can also right-click anywhere on the open web page and select Add as Panel.

Fig 3 - Vivaldi Browser 1 0 - Dock Websites in left Panel

4] Tile Websites in Vivaldi

Vivaldi browser 1.0 also allows you to stack up open tabs and then use the stack to tile the websites on the screen, within the window of the browser. Just drag and drop tabs on one another. Click the rectangle towards right in the status bar (see bottom toolbar). You can also select the format of tiles – horizontal, vertical, etc. to see what suits you. This is especially good if you are researching or comparing something.

5] Notes Feature

This is the most important feature of Vivaldi. Though Edge browser from Microsoft provides marking web pages, it is not as extensive as this Notes Feature in Vivaldi Browser 1.0. You can type anything in the left Notes bar, or you can simply select a portion of text, right click and Add as Note.

Notes are stored with a link to the web pages so that you can go back and study them whenever you wish. You can also store screenshots of websites as notes using the + button towards the bottom of the tiles panel. Vivaldi allows you to arrange the notes using folders too, in case you need it.

Fig 4 - Notes Feature in Vivaldi 1.0 browser

Bing is the default search engine, but you can change it to Google or any other search easily from the drop-down options, or add one of your choices.

Its Settings offer a lot of options that can help you customize Vivaldi to suit your requirements.

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Typing vivaldi://flags in the address bar and hitting Enter will give you access to its experimental features.

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Other features include support for HTML5 video sites, a dedicated search field, Quick Commands, Keyboard shortcuts, Mouse gestures, superlative Tab management including Tab Hibernation, a Trash Can for closed tabs, Web page zoom, etc.

Vivaldi browser offers a lot more, and you will be able to read all about it in this PDF download. A worthy download that offers Vivaldi tips & tricks to get you started.

Verdict

Yes, the browser will surely suit power users of the Internet. Not is just awesome for regular browsing, the tools that it provides will make life easier if you are using the browser for studying, researching, marking things and more.

Overall, we think that its developers have a winner on its hands! This is one alternative browser you definitely want to download and check out. Go get it from its home page and let us know what you think of it.

Read our interview with the Vivaldi founder, Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner.

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Arun Kumar is a Microsoft MVP alumnus, obsessed with technology, especially the Internet. He deals with the multimedia content needs of training and corporate houses. Follow him on Twitter @PowercutIN