Vivaldi Browser Review

Vivaldi may appear basic at first glance, but it boasts many useful features that go far beyond simple browsing: side panel navigation, tab stacking, mouse gesture support and numerous keyboard shortcuts are among them.

Vivaldi is a new Chromium-based browser launched in 2016. Among its privacy-minded features are built-in ad and tracker blocking features.

Tab Stacking

Tab grouping is a useful feature that enables browser users to keep their browsers organized. It is especially helpful for those who utilize multiple tabs for work purposes and tend to lose track of where each open tab is. By organizing them into groups, this feature saves time in searching through countless thumbnails for the one you require.

Vivaldi’s developers have gone one step beyond other browsers in offering tab group functionality, by assigning each group its own color and placing it within its own section on your tab bar. This makes it easier to identify open groups while still accessing all tabs within each group at any given time.

To quickly switch between tab groups, tap on the overflow button in the Tab Switcher menu. From here you can access Private Tabs, Synced Tabs and recently closed Tabs; additionally it displays how many tabs currently reside within each of your stacks.

Vivaldi allows you to pin entire Tab Stacks, as well as give each individual Tab Stack a name – making identification much simpler if your Tab Stacks contain similar tabs.

Additionally, you can drag and drop tabs between Tab Stacks. Right-click a tab within a Tab Stack to “Pin to Tab Bar”, thereby adding it to your current Tab Stack with only its icon showing at its leftmost position on the Tab Bar – plus this context menu gives you the ability to hibernate or mute pinned tabs!

Web Panel

Web Panel is an easily customisable ‘tab’ that makes accessing websites simple within your browser. You can move this panel wherever it suits, and it will close when mouse over another part of the window.

Once you add a website as a Web Panel, Vivaldi will create an icon/button in its side panel for it. When clicked, its webpage will load in its own window – while remaining open alongside other tabs in the main browser window.

As any website can serve as a Web Panel, the world is your oyster! Hacker News’ large audience of programmers and tech enthusiasts make it ideal for staying informed with industry developments. Similarly, popular chat apps (Telegram, Discord and Facebook Messenger) also work great as Web Panels so that conversations don’t require keeping an additional window open at all times.

With our 2.0 upgrade, Web Panels now float freely across your screen rather than being restricted by browser’s side Panel. This can be particularly helpful when working from a laptop and want to take full advantage of all width. Enabling floating panels through Quick Commands or in Settings.

Resizing panels is easily achieved by dragging their edges. For sites that frequently update or change such as news or social media sites, setting a periodic reload option will force its content to refresh automatically at set intervals – this feature can be enabled right-clicking any panel and selecting ‘Periodic Reload’.

Quick Commands

Keyboard shortcuts can be an invaluable way to increase productivity and ease strain on your hands and wrists. Vivaldi provides an extensive library of customizable keyboard shortcuts that enable you to quickly perform actions or make browser settings changes without clicking buttons or traversing menu bars.

The Quick Commands feature is an indispensable resource that can be quickly accessed with the Ctrl+E keyboard shortcut. It opens a searchable overlay where you can type commands to execute them immediately – perfect for automating complex workflows and adding custom keyboard shortcuts for optimal efficiency. Plus, customizing these keyboard shortcuts to suit your personal workflow requirements.

This feature will prove especially handy for anyone who regularly takes notes or screenshots of webpages and needs an easy way to do it without switching between applications and windows. Furthermore, Quick Commands are perfect for performing basic browsing tasks such as bookmarking a page or opening new tabs.

Quick Commands’ handy search functionality lets you easily search your open tabs, bookmarks and history using any search engine installed on your system. Plus, its interface makes creating Notes directly easy – instantly opening them for work!

Quick Commands provide another handy way of applying Page Actions – handy filters that change the appearance of websites by changing colours, blurring content or even turning pages black and white – directly from their interface or assigning custom Keyboard Shortcuts or Mouse Gestures for execution. Likewise, Command Chains enable a series of commands to be executed sequentially, and once created can be activated from Quick Commands with a trigger from either keyboard shortcuts or Mouse Gestures for easy execution.


Vivaldi stands in stark contrast to Chrome in that it respects user privacy and provides a rich feature set without needing dozens of add-ons for it to work effectively.

Vivadi browser is available for Windows, macOS and Linux computers and will soon have mobile support. Based on Chromium, its appearance and functionality resemble Chrome while being cleaner with more features – like its fully functional side panel that lets you manage tabs, panels, keyboard shortcuts and mouse settings. Furthermore, you can monitor privacy settings as well as see what data Vivadi is transmitting (it only transmits usage-related data such as unique user ID number, browser version number, CPU architecture type and screen resolution – no browsing history or IP addresses are transmitted).

Vivaldi stands out with its Tracking Protection feature, designed to prevent websites from collecting your browsing data for tracking purposes. You can enable and customize it from within its Settings menu as well as find a selection of tools for managing cookies and site data more generally.

Other privacy-centric features of the browser include hiding the search bar, muzzling inactive tabs with one click and hibernating them when not in use to save battery and bandwidth usage. Furthermore, this browser offers an adjustable toolbar featuring customizable widgets displaying apps and services you love on one page; or use its split-screen window feature to view multiple websites simultaneously!


Vivaldi was designed with one goal in mind: creating a comprehensive browser without the need for extensions, and it succeeds on that front. However, Vivaldi offers unique features that may surprise even experienced web users: its Quick Commands menu lets you do everything from opening tabs quickly to searching suggested terms by typing their names or using arrow keys to move up or down a list.

Vivaldi stands out as an exceptional browser due to its ability to simultaneously display two or more websites side-by-side, making it easy to compare content or review code snippets. Furthermore, floating these tabs above other windows makes them easier for you to locate and click.

Another useful feature is the option to copy text directly from websites into the clipboard or create notes with text and screenshots in the web panel – great for work-related computer use where information needs to be quickly collected or shared with colleagues.

Vivaldi supports a standard set of cookie-blocking features found in modern browsers. You can choose to block or allow all or just third-party ones and those from incognito mode; however, more advanced controls exist for blocking trackers and cryptominers.

Vivaldi’s succinct privacy policy guarantees that it will never collect or sell your personal data to third-party vendors, and features an easy button for clearing browsing history and data at once. MacOS versions also support Apple CoreLocation system to geolocate devices – an exclusive feature not yet found elsewhere among Chromium-based web browsers.

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