Vivaldi 2.1 launches with Quick Commands improvements

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 25, 2018
Internet, Vivaldi

The team behind the Vivaldi web browser released the update to Vivaldi 2.1 a moment ago. The new version of the web browser comes a month after the major upgrade to Vivaldi 2.0.

Vivaldi 2.1 is a smaller upgrade that introduces improvements to the web browser's Quick Commands functionality and other smaller improvements.

Existing Vivaldi installations can be upgraded with a click on Vivaldi > Help > Check for Updates. Downloads of Vivaldi 2.1 are provided on the official project website as well for users who prefer to upgrade manually or are new to the browser.

Vivaldi 2.1

The update focuses on improvement the built-in Quick Commands functionality of the web browser. Quick Commands offer an alternative option to control the web browser. Users launch them with a tap on F2 (⌘ E, or Menu > Tools > Quick Commands) and can use the default functionality or search to find and execute commands.

The functionality includes options to switch to any open tab and execute more-or-less any command supported by the browser right from the interface.

vivaldi quick commands

Users can use Quick Commands to spawn or close windows, open Settings, search the browsing history, open bookmarks, force page reloads, or scroll the page to the bottom.

A new addition to Quick Commands is support for Vivaldi's note taking functionality. Adding notes using Quick Commands is super easy and probably a bit faster whenever Notes or the Sidebar are not displayed.

Just load Quick Commands, start typing the note and select the "Create Note" option from the options that are displayed while you type.

Vivaldi 2.1 notes

Vivaldi 2.1 launches the Notes sidebar panel automatically to show the newly added note in the interface.

Search was improved to search the content of all notes added to the web browser and return notes that match the entered search term.

A new option has been added to the browser's Quick Commands settings to disable the inclusion of Notes in search. Just load vivaldi://settings/qc/ and uncheck Notes on the page to disable the functionality.

The page displays other control options, e.g. to disable Page Actions, History, or Bookmarks when running searches in the Quick Commands interface.

vivaldi quick commands settings

Vivaldi 2.1 supports additional new commands: users can manipulate zoom using quick commands in the new interface to zoom content on the page that is displayed or the user interface using the feature.

Settings give users options to manage zoom and assign shortcuts to the user interface zoom option under Settings > Keyboard > View > UI Zoom In/Out.

It is easy to change the zoom level using Quick Commands. To change the page zoom level to 150%, you'd simply activate the Quick Commands interface and type Page Zoom 150 to do so. You can reset the zoom level at any time using Page Zoom Reset.

Vivaldi 2.1 includes support for the new open codec AV1. Google runs an opt-in AV1 test on YouTube currently, and browser developers such as Google or Mozilla announced already that they will support the new codec.

Vivaldi 2.1 launches with Quick Commands improvements
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  1. Sandboxed ? said on October 27, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Do I need Sandboxie running Vivaldi ? Or is it an overkill since chrome runs already sandboxed (at least I was told so) ?

  2. swami said on October 25, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    @ Bonk
    I use homepage button vivaldi://bookmarks as I don’t need a specific homepage.

  3. Weilan said on October 25, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Garbage browser. Had faith in it, but they lost their direction and are just working on a gimmicky Chrome skin.

    1. rickmv said on October 25, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      Garbage post. No clue about software. Just g00gle zealot.

      1. Weilan said on October 25, 2018 at 11:10 pm

        @rickmv A Vivaldi fanboy appears.

        I’ve been checking this garbage browser since 2015. Since the end of 2017, there has been a bug which causes Vivaldi to not open maximized, but as a windows stretched to the edges of the available screen space. I’ve posted on the forums about it multiple times, I filled a bug report, I posted again after many months on their blog posts for snapshots, because I install every snapshots to test if it’s fixed.

        It’s not fixed and it’s been 12 months already. Before continuing to white-knight this stupid browser, educate yourself about how software and technology works, just because you’ve discovered how to post comments, doesn’t mean you know anything. xD

      2. rickmv said on October 27, 2018 at 12:59 am

        The so called “bug” you think you discovered display the complete lack of your education about any software development. And because you’re one of those simply annoying users, finding a minor “bug” and getting on forums and bashing years of work and incommensurate experience of software developers which in 10 life from now on you cannot achieve, only because the paid devs. don’t listen to your moaning about some inconvenience you’re having with their free software, and the amount of words used to bash a Web Browser because the window is not maximized. Just stay away from it, it is not for users like you, stay logged on in your g00gle chrome in and feed the big beast. Or smaller one Opera, and Mozilla following closer.

      3. xl said on October 28, 2018 at 4:24 pm

        Dear rick, Vivaldi is a chromium fork. 95% of Vivaldi’s code is made by this big beast, g00gle. You use the code of the beast, in fact the beast’s code you use is open source, Vivaldi’s source is the closed one. Other software development teams have made better forks than Vivaldi team in less time. Who knows how bad their code is, it’s closed source.

      4. mack said on October 31, 2018 at 6:25 pm
      5. notAUser said on October 26, 2018 at 10:44 am

        Then what browser is good? Mozilla Firefox has bugs that are not fixed since 2006. And these bags are not very difficult to fix.

      6. Anonymous said on October 26, 2018 at 4:43 pm

        If they’re not difficult to fix I suggest you get cracking and get it done. After all…they’re not very difficult to fix right?

      7. Weilan said on October 26, 2018 at 12:39 pm


        Which Firefox bugs aren’t fixed? I’ve used the browser for years and I’ve never encountered some serious issues on a daily basis. Not like in Vivaldi’s case. I’ve also not encountered such issues with Chrome either. Opera, which I’m currently using simply due to unmatched page rendering speed, has a similar issue to Vivaldi – when you use Basic or Classic theme in Windows 7 and leave full screen a space between the tabs and the edge of the screen appears and you have to switch tabs to fix it. It doesn’t happen if you use Aero, it also doesn’t happen on Windows 10, since Aero is the only theme that works there.

        Opera’s issue with avoidable if I use the Aero theme, but Vivaldi’s isn’t. They’ve said that if you have the latest updates of Windows 7, which I do, it will fix the issues, but it doesn’t. Now that’s game-breaking.

        I’m saying Vivaldi is crap, because the creators are self-absorbed and self-righteous, thinking they’re making internet history with their browser and focus on adding useless features to the browse that online 0,0000000000000000000000001% of their userbase actually uses and they forget the rest. Each time Chrome releases a new build and they have to adopt it, they have to adapt their CSS-based UI from scratch due to the changes that Google make. What’s ironic is that their UI is looks like Windows 8 when you use Windows 7 and it looks so out of place that it’s laughable and they have done absolutely nothing to make it blend in better, either because they are incapable, or because they don’t care and are too self-absorbed into adding new crap to the UI than doing anything else.

        There are some website settings in Vivaldi that aren’t even integrated in their own Settings page and it leads you to Chrome’s own Settings UI that’s still buried deep in there, which is pretty laughable if you ask me.

        Vivaldi was praised in the beginning and rightfully so, but for the 3 years it has existed, it has barely evolved into something worth using.

        I’d advise anyone to stick with the two most solid browseres – Chrome and Firefox and if you want something else, use Opera, the rest are gimmicky Chrome forks that get updated once a year and lack on so many fronts.

      8. Anonymous said on October 26, 2018 at 9:21 pm

        “I’d advise anyone to stick with the two most solid browseres – Chrome and Firefox and if you want something else, use Opera, the rest are gimmicky Chrome forks that get updated once a year and lack on so many fronts.”

        I can’t speak to Brave but Vivaldi 2 has been updated like 4 times already since I installed it about 6 weeks ago. I get that you don’t like it but some of us love the stuff they’re doing. I always wonder about posts like yours. If you really don’t like it that much why are you bothering with it? Stop using it and stop ragging on it and let them continue their work for those of us that do like it.

  4. Bonk said on October 25, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Is there an option to add bookmark button to the address bar without css mods?

  5. John Doe 101 said on October 25, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Due to see the new Vivaldis slow startup, i gave Brave a Chance and see, works flawlessly.

    Due to general Speed Improvements for Vivaldi or any Chrome based Browser load chrome://flags into the Adressbar.

    Then do the following Tweaks: Fast tab/window close : Enable, GPU rasterization :Enable, GPU rasterization MSAA sample count. : 8, Number of raster threads : 4.

    Due to Privacysettings do Strict site isolation :Enable, Top document isolation Enable.

    That’s what you can do without an Addon.

    Due to Addons used in Vivaldi, go Chrome Webstore and load the Addon : Privacy Settings and/or Policy Control.

    There you go.

    Browser should now behave improved by loading Webpages and all around Performance.

    Works for me on Windows 10 1809, Dualcore Processors Intel, 2 Gb of RAM.

  6. Jody Thornton said on October 25, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Would Vivaldi be slower or faster that Quantum at this point? Has anyone compared them objectively?

    I’m loving ESR 60 for now, but the next ESR release in the Fall of 2019 may bring too much change for my taste. I tend to prepare long-term.

    1. John Doe 101 said on October 25, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      Due to my Comment below, the new BRAVE Browser is much faster than Vivaldi and/or Firefox.

      In allover Performance and loading of Webpages and or Star or Restart.

      Vivaldi is a bit faster in loading Webpages but slower in Coldstart, try yourself the Tweaks i prefer, then Vivaldi should behave much faster, as Standard. ^^

  7. crambie said on October 25, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Apart from being slow to load the app and it keep loosing my sync password I’m liking v2. Unlike v1 even page loads are pretty much as fast as chrome. a fraction of a second slower but not worth talking about. Hard to pick between this or the new Brave as my main. This for features but Brave seem to spend more effort on privacy.

    1. Mike said on October 28, 2018 at 8:59 pm

      Brave is great on Android and is the first stable release of the new version is solid, but I still notice too many bugs for me to use it as my primary browser. The autoplay block is a little buggy and blocks some media features that I need, while not blocking content I do want blocked. The new tab page is quite buggy still and needs work.

      It appears the devs are aware of both weak points and are working on it, but Vivaldi is still further ahead in development IMO.

    2. noemata said on October 25, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      @crambie brave seem to spend more effort on blockchain/cryptocurrency/token/money/more money/ultraprofit and – maybe – in the near future based on it, an exclusionary_decentralized_capitalistic_network. so another cancerous ulcer next to javascript.

      greed4all. for each shitty content (dtube & co. already sends its greetings). say goodbye to free access to information = say goodbye to idealism = say goodbye to the internet.

      their integrated ads and tracking – blocker is in direct context to it a joke ( + should only attract users) and compared to ublock origin or the integrated firefox blacklist (and certainly the whole rest of content blocking in firefox that still follows) _incredibly sluggish_.

      not to forget, brendan eich is also involved. and this is not only a pure capitalist with connections to paleoconservative politicians, but is also jointly responsible for another cancerous ulcer named “javascript” and the unspeakable “netscape – aon deal”.

      and even years later as ceo of mozilla he failed (firefox sucked) and we wouldn’t have a “firefox quantum era” if he could still co-determine in any form whatsoever. fortunately he was fired for very malicious statements by mozilla – and other old pigtails were also cut off.

      ps: opera around this unspeakable chinese consertium is not much better when you look at what deals have been concluded recently .. or which pages are all whitelisted (delivered ex works) in their so-called integrated (& incredibly sluggish too) “ads and tracking – blocker”.

      (.. and then some people get upset about pocket or a vpn ad (mozilla) )

      1. x5 said on October 26, 2018 at 6:59 am

        @noemata, vivaldi has telemetry. It gathers your data including your ip to Vivaldi’s self-hosted analytics server. You can believe whatever you want, but there are people out there that don’t want to give their data to mr Jon von Tetzchner for getting back a slow proprietary browser. It’s their choice.

      2. noemata said on October 26, 2018 at 1:58 pm

        @x5 i wrote about the brave – browser (and partial opera), as an answer to crambie’s last sentence; not about vivaldi (which i think is unnecessarily overloaded by the way).

        tetzchner wants to go back to old opera – times (with the blink layout engine..) and doesn’t realize that this “costumize-everything-approach” & “egg-laying-milk-pig-access” is outdated and imho annoying.

        the old opera – browser is dead, so even vivaldi. the new opera – browser, vivaldi and f… “brave” are only clones at the core. some more, some less vicious (based on the business model, various additions, deals & intentions). vivaldi (+ business model/additions/deals/intentions) is maybe – still – the smallest “evil” in this context. imho the only advantage over opera & brave (not to mention chrome, except for this contradiction).

      3. x5 said on October 26, 2018 at 9:08 pm

        You have wrote the disadvantages of all other browsers and I added the disavantages of Vivaldi. Somebody could choose to use Vivaldi, he probably likes the interface, the number of options, it’s understandable, but… Vivaldi is evil too. There is no such thing as less or more evil. Vivaldi is also evil and a proprietary browser like Vivaldi won’t save internet freedom.

    3. notAUser said on October 25, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      Brave looks to odd with its business model. And Vivaldi developer has some reputation as a man who know what user needs for. It’s despite a fact that Vivaldi has a such good features as vertical tabs, search engine list configuration and a lot of other stuff.

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