Tab handling changed in latest Vivaldi browser snapshot

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 3, 2016
Updated • Jun 27, 2017
Internet, Vivaldi

Vivaldi released a new snapshot of the up and coming web browser bringing it to version 1.0.385.5 that introduces changes to how tabs are handled in the program.

Tabs are an essential part of every modern desktop browser, and the way tabs get opened and closed is essential to a user's workflow while using the browser.

Most browsers use either relational or chronological methods when it comes to tabs. Relational refers to the creation of families of tabs that are in relation to each other, and that's what Vivaldi has implemented in the most recent snapshot of the browser.

Tab Opening Changes

Basically, when opening new tabs in the browser, the new tab is either opened next to a tab it was spawned from, or at the end of the tab bar.

If you open a tab from within an existing open website in Vivaldi, for instance by middle-clicking on links in a website open in a tab in the browser, then you will notice that the new tab that gets opened during the operation spawns directly next to the originating tab.

New blank tabs are on the other hand opened at the end of the tab bar as they have no relation to any of the websites already open in the Vivaldi browser.

Vivaldi users who don't like the new tab opening behavior of the Internet browser can restore the classic method in the settings:

  1. Select Vivaldi > Tools > Settings, or use Ctrl-P.
  2. Switch to Tabs in the Settings sidebar.
  3. Select "Always Last" instead of "Next to Related Tabs" under "New Tab Position".

This changes the tab opening behavior so that new tabs get opened at the end of the tab bar all the time regardless of relation to other tabs.

Tab Closing Behavior

The Vivaldi team changed the tab closing behavior of the browser at the same time. It will jump to the right-most relative tab now automatically when a tab is closed, provided that the tab has a relative open in the browser.

When there is no relative tab available, Vivaldi will jump to the last active tab instead. As is the case with the new tab opening behavior, Vivaldi users can change the new default method of closing tabs back to the classic method if they prefer it.

This is done in the settings as well under Tabs. Repeat the first two steps outlined above, and switch on the Tabs page to "Activate Previous in Activation Order" from "Activate Next Related Tab" under "When closing a Tab".

You can check out the Vivaldi Team Blog post on other changes in the new build.

Tab handling changed in latest Vivaldi browser snapshot
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Tab handling of the Vivaldi web browser was changed to a relative model in which tabs get closed or opened based on relationships.
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  1. Hy said on February 6, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    @Dan82: Thanks! Ctrl-clicking works! Don’t know why that never occurred to me, or to check for an extension. Thanks for two great tips!

  2. Hy said on February 4, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    I’m not up to this latest Vivaldi snapshot just yet, but is there any way yet in any of these versions to force Vivaldi to NOT immediately jump to the newly-opened tab after middle-clicking a link? I dislike that tab-opening behavior SO MUCH! It’s always been a big annoyance for me in Vivaldi. TIA!

    1. Dan82 said on February 6, 2016 at 8:00 am

      I think at the moment, Vivaldi only supports the opening of new tabs in the background, if you press the control key while you click on it. Maybe there’s an extension to modify this behavior, but it would be worth to check the Chrome web store for it.

      You’re right though, this is one more setting the browser should have but doesn’t. There’s a reason why it is still being released as a series of unstable beta snapshots and not a stable release ready for productive use.

    2. Hy said on February 6, 2016 at 5:08 am

      I guess there’s no way to fix this Vivaldi annoyance…

  3. Dan82 said on February 4, 2016 at 11:32 am

    If only Vivaldi supported multi-row tabs, or the option to build them yourself by modifying the browser with your own user-CSS. It worked once in an early beta, but a later version changed something fundamental and now it’s not possible anymore. Since the default tab-behavior in Chromium browsers – it doesn’t matter if Chrome itself, Opera or now Vivaldi – is just God awful, this is a critical feature for me.

    That said, Vivaldi developers are doing more positive with their browser than Opera, that’s for sure. I wish them all the best and hope that I’ll be able to use the browser productively soon.

    1. Alex said on September 4, 2016 at 8:08 pm


  4. Samar said on February 4, 2016 at 11:07 am

    @Martin. Good day!

    I m a ‘browser traveler’ and been to IE, Netscaps, FF, Opera, Chrome, Comodo, Chromium Portable. I m seriously considering Vivaldi as it appears to be close to Opera 12.17 (my favorite). Can Vivaldi
    1) print in pdf
    2) work with chrome extensions
    3) work in a portable format
    4) light on system
    5) deliver chrome like ui/experience

  5. Anonymous said on February 3, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    When it comes out of beta, I will try it. I don’t like unnecessary problems.

  6. S0215 said on February 3, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    For starters, the following sentence would be helpful:
    “Vivaldi, the (a) browser from ex-Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner,”

    As a beta build of browser program (* Vivaldi Beta 2), new users should always keep Vivaldi up-to-date, make backup files regularly, and consider sending your own reports when you meet issues: try not to make Vivaldi the next Chromodo…

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