Vivaldi: easier selection of same domain tabs

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 27, 2016
Updated • Jun 27, 2017
Internet, Vivaldi

The latest Vivaldi web browser preview build ships with an interesting new feature that enables you to quickly select all tabs of the same domain.

While this may not be of much interest to Internet users who have five or less tabs open the most, the new feature could come in very handy for users who work with dozens or even hundreds of tabs.

Whenever I read sites in a browser, I tend to launch articles of interest in a new tab while I continue reading the article or page I'm on at that time.

This results in new tabs being opened from the same domain. While I usually read and close the tabs, I sometimes do this for research purposes.

I may want to bookmark the selection, or use Vivaldi's tab stacking functionality. The stable version of the browser, version 1.5 was released just a couple of days ago, supports selecting multiple tabs already.

Tab selection by domain

vivaldi tab selection

You have to hold down the Ctrl-key for that, and click on any tab that you want to select. The new functionality improves that feature without taking anything away from it. You still hold down Ctrl first, but use a double-click on any tab to select all open tabs of that domain automatically.

Here are examples of what you can do with the new feature:

  1. Open multiple tabs from the same domain in Vivaldi. Hold down Ctrl and double-click on one of the tabs to select them all, and drag and drop them to a new window. Read the articles, and use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-W to close that window afterwards.
  2. Perform the same operation, but instead of dragging and dropping the tabs, you could right-click on the selection to bookmark them all.
  3. Or, you could right-click the selection and create a tab stack from the selection directly. You could then use the tiling functionality to display the tabs next to each other in the browser window.
  4. You can select other options that the right-click menu provides: close all selected tabs, hibernate all background tabs, or reload them all.

Tab selection by domain is a small change that will have a big impact on users who work with lots of tabs, and users who tend to open articles they find on a page in new tabs in the browser.

The new feature is only part of Vivaldi's preview browser. It will likely ship with Vivaldi 1.6, the next stable version of the browser.

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  1. anohana said on November 28, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    One thing I don’t like about Vivaldi: I click on a link, it just doing nothing for some sec. Then it starts showing the loading icon and shows an empty white page. Still waiting.And finally the page load. Firefox and Palemoon is much more faster. I just can’t use to the slowness of Vivaldi or any other chromium browsers. I forgot to mention, I have a lots of addons in FF and PM, still I have only ABD in Vivaldi.

  2. Clairvaux said on November 27, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Others do brag about hundreds. Is that “vertical tab” mode in Vivaldi ? Can you categorize or search them in some way, or is it just a dumb list ?

    1. Parker Lewis said on November 27, 2016 at 11:51 pm

      I don’t know about Vivaldi, but on Firefox I use Tab Groups. I only use bookmarks for pages I want to keep for the future. One time use pages are opened as separate tabs and if there are a little too many for me to end them in one session, they get added to a tab group that can be named and searched and stuff.

      Tab Groups is a WebExtension so maybe it works in Vivaldi ? No idea. (I guess no but it could be worth trying if you are evaluating Vivaldi and looking for ideas of workflow involving tabs)

      I try to keep the count down, 10 tabs are good, but if I reach 50 tabs that means I need to catch up. For bookmarks I have about 400 in well organized folders, many are long term things and important contacts. I wouldn’t want to disorganize this by adding one-time use tabs in there, though nowadays browsers would separate them automatically…

  3. Clairvaux said on November 27, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Good point, but how do you navigate hundreds of tabs rationaly once they are open ?

    (NoScript is a way to greatly lower loading time.)

    1. ivanianyanya said on November 27, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Who did say to you that I have “hundreds” of tabs? :) Only 50-100 tabs. I use “vertical tabs” mode.

  4. Clairvaux said on November 27, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    I never understood people who brag about having “hundreds” of tabs open. That defeats the whole purpose of the tab, which is… the tab, right ? When hundreds of tabs are open, you can’t read the actual tabs any more, therefore you need to find another method to bring them to the front, close them, etc ? What is that method ? And how is that different, or better, from… you know, bookmarks ?

    1. ivanianyanya said on November 27, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      You always spend time for any bookmark opening. If we talk about pages with big quantity of JavaScript it can take you a long time even if you have power computer. As a result you spend 0.1-0.5 min for any switch (page opening).
      With tab switching I spend 0.5 sec.

      Do you really want to wait 30 sec. for opening one youtube-like page? Life is too short.

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