5 Vivaldi features that Google Chrome does not support

Martin Brinkmann
May 18, 2015
Updated • Jun 27, 2017
Internet, Vivaldi

Vivaldi is a relatively new web browser based on the Blink engine which Google Chrome and Opera use as well.

A stable version of the web browser has not been released yet but is expected to become available later this year.

Vivaldi is one of the few Blink/Chromium-based browsers that introduced features that Google Chrome does not support.

In fact, it is probably the browser with the largest set of custom features when compared to Chrome.

The following guide looks at five core features that Vivaldi supports and Google Chrome does not. At least some of them cannot even be added to Chrome with the help of extensions.

1. Interface modifications

This is one key-area where Vivaldi excels. You can move the tab bar of the browser from the top to the bottom or one of the sides, and if you don't need tabs, disable it completely.

That's however not the only interface modification that Vivaldi supports. It supports options to move the address bar and bookmarks bar to the bottom, and can make tabs transparent if you want.

Last but not least, you may display a full menu bar instead of the single Vivaldi menu button.

To make those modifications, select Vivaldi > Tools > Settings > Appearance.

2. Dedicated Search field

Vivaldi supports a dedicated search field in the address bar that you can use for searches.  While you can run searches using the address bar of the browser as well, you may prefer a dedicated search field instead.

While it is currently not possible to select different engines for both search options, it is likely that this will be implemented in a future release.

For now, you may find it useful that the search term remains in the search field once you hit enter.

3. Real Tab-Stacking

tab stacks

Google implemented tab stacking in Chrome back in 2012 but seems to have pulled the feature from the browser again.

To stack tabs in Vivaldi, simply drag a tab on top of another. You may do so with as many tabs as you like and will notice that all stacked tabs take up the same amount of space as individual tabs open in the browser.

Vivaldi indicates the number of stacked tabs at the top of the tab as bars which you use at the same time to switch between the open web pages.

Stacked tabs can be tiled which displays all of them next to each other in the browser window.

To control tab stacking behavior, visit Vivaldi > Tools > Settings > Appearance > Enable Tab Stacking.

Tab Stacking shortcuts:

  • Tile Tab Stack Vertically - Ctrl-F9
  • Tile Tab Stack Horizontally - Ctrl-F8
  • Tile Tab Stack to Grid - Ctrl-F7
  • Untile Tab Stack - Ctrl-F6

4. The sidebar panel

Vivaldi, just like classic Opera, may be configured to display a sidebar panel in the browser.  A click on the icons of the panel displays bookmarks, downloads and other sets of data and information that you may find useful but don't need to have access to at all times.

So, instead of displaying a bookmarks bar, you may display the panel instead in Vivaldi for that. If you have a widescreen monitor, you may even display one data set all the time for fast access.

The panel can be moved to the right side instead, and if you don't want to use it, you may enable the panel toggle to hide most of it on the screen.

This is done with a click on Vivaldi > Tools > Settings > Appearance > Panel Position and Panel Options.

5. Bottom toolbar

Vivaldi's bottom toolbar displays several icons and options to control the active page. If you count the panel toggle as one, you have five controls there currently:

  1. Panel toggle - this displays and hides the sidebar panel.
  2. Page tiling - Only activate when tabs are stacked. It allows you to display all stacked tabs in the same window (vertical, horizontal, grid and untile).
  3. Images and plug-ins - Select to load images only from cache or no images at all. Selecting either option will set plug-ins to click-to-play.
  4. Page actions - A set of filters and a content blocker that you can apply to the web page. You may turn it to black and white only for instance, change fonts to monospace or invert the color scheme.
  5. Zoom slider - Change the zoom level of the page using the slider. A reset link is provided as well.

Closing Words

Vivaldi has more to offer than that. It lets you change keyboard shortcuts for instance. While those features may not be useful to all users, those who want more control over the browser and its UI may find them more than useful.

At the very least, it sets Vivaldi apart from other Chromium/Blink based browsers.

Now You: Have you tried Vivaldi? What's your take so far?

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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