Vivaldi 1.16: new tab re-opening feature

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 22, 2018
Updated • Aug 22, 2018
Internet, Vivaldi

The next version of the Vivaldi web browser, Vivaldi 1.16, includes a new usability feature that makes it easier to re-open pages you navigated away from.

Internet users who use desktop browsers have a couple of options when it comes to dealing with links they encounter. They can left-click on links to open the links in the current tab or use built-in functionality to open the linked resource in a new browser tab instead.

The latter can be achieved by right-clicking on links and selecting open link in new tab, or by holding down the Ctrl-key on the keyboard before the link is activated. All browsers support options to open links in new browser windows next to that either by utilizing the option from the right-click menu or by holding down the Shift-key before clicking on the link. Vivaldi adds to that an option to open the link in a background tab.

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I don't know about you, but it happens at time that I left-click on links to open them in the active tab only to find out shortly thereafter that I'd like to re-open the page I clicked the link on.

Maybe because I activated a link on a search results page and discovered that the resource is not suitable, or because I left-click on a link accidentally.

A click on the back button (or forward) returns to the site but what if you don't want to leave the linked resource either?

It is relative easy in other browsers. If you use Firefox or Chrome, right-click on the back or forward button, hold down the Ctrl-key, and click on the page in history that you want to re-open.

Or, speed things by Ctrl-clicking on the buttons directly to open the previous opened resource in a new tab.

Vivaldi does not support options to click on previously opened resources using Ctrl or Shift. While you can right-click on the back and forward buttons, holding down Ctrl or Shift has no function in the browser so that the selected resource opens in the active tab.

Vivaldi 1.16 changes the process. All you need to do going forward is to hold down the Ctrl-key before you left-click on the back or forward button to open the previous resource in a new tab in the browser.

Even if Vivaldi would support Ctrl-key and Shift-key actions on the back and forward buttons, its new feature would still speed up the process.

Now You: did you know that you can Ctrl-click the back and forward buttons in Firefox or Chrome to open the previous resource in a new tab?

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  1. Centcookie said on August 24, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    About Cent browser: First thing it did was setting a Supercookie (TransportSecurity) on my machine. Privazer found it. I am going to uninstall Cent.

  2. A different Martin said on August 23, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    I didn’t know about the [control + back button] and [control + back-button dropdown-list entry] tricks in Firefox. They seem to work in Pale Moon, too. I need to this functionality from time to time and have always duplicated the tab and then gone back in one of the duplicate tabs’ histories. That gives me more control over what order the tabs are in, without having to drag and drop a tab into a new position, but if you don’t care about tab order, the control/back-button commands are definitely an easier, quick-and-dirty way to redisplay older content without losing the current content. Thanks for the tip!

  3. rickxs-au said on August 23, 2018 at 2:41 am

    Just middle mouse click FF & in options “When you open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately”

    Google derivatives — middle mouse click– then install ‘tabs to the front’ from Chrome web store

  4. Gabriel said on August 22, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Slowly development, don’t have full addons compatibility with chrome, don’t work very well with 10+ tab open, need constant restart to fix slowdown issue, have no profile manager. Fully custom style is the only thing that I realy like in this browser. Cent Browser seems a better alternative now.

    1. Weilan said on August 23, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      That’s because the Vivaldi team, like the Brave team doesn’t work towards having an usable browser that every end user can operate with ease and to fix their issues before they add new features – instead they work on what THEY believe is more pressing, namely – adding new stuff that nobody uses. Back in 2015 when I accidentally stumbled upon Vivaldi, it was slow to start and really really buggy, for the 3 years since I found it, the only improvement they added that personally affects me is that it’s faster, all the other issues with the browser remain for 3 years, and the features they implement mean absolutely nothing to me.

      Cent is really nice, I’ve tried it twice, but for some reason I always went back to Chrome in the end.

      1. Mike W. said on August 24, 2018 at 5:05 am

        I don’t think it’s fair to lump Brave in with Vivaldi. Vivaldi is clearly targeting a niche audience who desire numerous customization options and various productivity features. Brave is targeting a mainstream audience for their product, specifically those who want a browser that is fast, secure, and focused on privacy. I will say I have used both and have been impressed with Braves recent iterations on mobile and desktop. Vivaldi is also strong, but needs better performance optimization and faster development. They both have their uses, though I suspect Brave has more/better startup funding due to them cashing in on some ridiculous ICO number when those were hot in Silicon Valley. I’ll continue to use Brave for my personal use, but Vivaldi is underrated as a strong productivity browser that helps me out at work quite a bit (even if it is slower than every other major browser).

  5. Anonymous said on August 22, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    One thing I have not found possible in Vivaldi is using the middle mouse button to click a link and open a new tab in the foreground (with focus). The best you can do is have the link open a new tab in the background, which then requires another step to get the focus. I know the person who wrote Opera wrote Vivaldi, but really, no middle mouse button options like every other browser (except Opera)? How hard could that possibly be to implement?

    Unfortunately, this is a deal breaker for me. I don’t want a 2 step process or key-combination solution. And I definitely don’t want a mouse-gestures solution either. Firefox still continues to be the best browser for me when not being forced to use IE or Chrome.

    1. Anonymous said on August 23, 2018 at 5:48 am

      Vivaldi is using Chrome as the base, if it’s possible in Chrome, it would be possible in Vivaldi too, you just need to search harder how to do it or ask in vivaldi forums.

      Middle click opens the tab in background is standard behvaior on every browsers. I have no idea why you would to open the tab in foreground because I usually middle click to open multiple tabs at once.

    2. rickmv said on August 22, 2018 at 11:19 pm

      Vivaldi can open link with middle click in a new tab in the foreground with extension “Tabs to the Front”.

    3. gfdgdgdg said on August 22, 2018 at 8:41 pm
  6. DK said on August 22, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Just click with middle-mouse (scroll) button on links or back/forward button, it’ll open on a new tab. Much easier.

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