Vivaldi 2.4 is out: here is what is new

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 27, 2019
Internet, Vivaldi

Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi 2.4, a new version of the desktop web browser, to the stable channel today.

The new version introduces new toolbar customization options, bookmark management improvements, and support for multiple user profiles among other features.

Vivaldi 2.4 is already available through the web browser's automatic updates system. You may run a manual check to install the new version of the browser right away by going to Vivaldi Menu > Help > Check for Updates if you don't want to wait for the browser to pick up the update automatically. Standalone downloads are available on Vivaldi's website as well.

Vivaldi 2.4

vivaldi drag toolbar icons

One of the core improvements of Vivaldi 2.4 is better toolbars customization support. Vivaldi supported removing toolbar buttons from the main toolbar for some time; the new version gives new customization options.

All you need to do is hold down the Shift-key on the keyboard to drag icons to another location. Note that this is reserved to some icons, e.g. navigational icons and extension icons but not other toolbar elements such as the address bar or the new profile icon.

You find reset options under Menu > Settings > Appearance > Window Appearance > Toolbar Customizations > Reset Toolbar.

Bookmarking improvements

vivaldi multi bookmark

Vivaldi 2.4 introduces support for bookmarking multiple tabs in one swift operation. Just select multiple tabs using Shift or Ctrl, and right-click the selection to find the new bookmarking option in the context menu.

The bookmarks are saved to a new folder called Saved Tab Selection (Date, Time). There is no option to change the default name but you can do so in the bookmarks manager at any time.

User Profiles

vivaldi user profiles

Vivaldi 2.4 introduces support for user profiles. We reviewed the feature earlier this month already. You may create multiple users to separate browsing activity.

User profiles use individual storage locations to separate extensions, the browsing history, cookies, and other data from one another.

Profiles can be customized individually, e.g. by installing custom themes or mouse gestures. A click on the user profile icon displays the current user and options to load another user or manage user profiles.

Vivaldi's synchronization feature supports user profiles. If you make use of it, user profiles will be synced alongside other data.

Other Vivaldi 2.4 improvements

  • Calculator in Quick Commands to make quick calculations right there. Use it by opening the Quick Commands interface with F2. Type the equation and press the Enter-key to get the result.
  • Option to disable Tab Stacking by drag and drop in the Settings. Also, change the length of the tab hover delay to avoid accidental creations.
  • Double-click to rename tab stacks.
  • Option to open results of a context menu search in the background (Settings > Search).

Closing words

Vivaldi Technologies continues to introduce new customization options to the web browser that set the browser apart from other browsers that limit the functionality.

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  1. lovewhatyouhave said on May 2, 2019 at 1:55 am

    That’s not true, try the Kaspersky protect extension it doesn’t work with Vivaldi

  2. taylor1277 said on April 17, 2019 at 4:58 am

    I have a question about Vivaldi browser, does anyone know if I can import my bookmarks from Chrome into Vivaldi? I want to leave Chrome for good. And also does Vivaldi have apps like Chrome? Never used it. Thank you ( I will keep this bookmarked, haha another bookmark, and read your replies.

    I see Vivaldi is doing a great job with bookmarks. Some technology doesn’t get old ( I have WELL over 150,000 bookmarks and want to protect them. We have to realize this and this is where most tech corporations get it wrong, they don’t build on their products. Everyone is guilty we see Microsoft do it, maybe now they will understand we need to see Windows and that is all, just versions from here on out. We see it with the browser wars Vivaldi, Chrome, Dragon, no one “builds” a browser and keeps on building on it. They have a browser going then they pull the foundation out from underneath it one day. I do give Chrome this, they are probably the closest to doing this, building a browser, but then Google doesn’t listen to its user base. And the techs at Google are the Oompa Loompas that left Yahoo years ago.

    1. ozoratsubasa said on April 22, 2019 at 6:48 am

      @taylor1277 file -> import bookmarks and settings -> choose “Chrome” to import
      Apps you mean apps really or extensions? Vivaldi support any Chrome Apps and Extensions.

      And I undestand you, I have a lot of bookmarks too and I have the same protection about them.

  3. lance said on March 29, 2019 at 5:43 am

    keyboard shortcuts for extensions still won’t work reliably, breaks my workflow.

  4. supergirl said on March 29, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Tools / Delete Browsing Data / Cache

    Thank you.
    Yes,Thats what I do ..but in Waterfox in the Prefs there is STILL the option
    to set cache to zero..forever & just forget about it.
    .I use cookie auto-delete
    So when the site is gone everything goes with it…*poof*…

    I have to go thru alot on the interwebs….I pick up a browser virus in Vivaldi
    that pops open the EXACT same 2 windows instead of allowing me to go to the hidden site.
    Often multiple times.

    In FFx & WtrFx its not a problem, in Vivaldi its nearly continuous.
    That also makes me wonder what else the cache dragged in,
    thats Not clearly visible & totally annoying….
    But in all fairness I have the Foxes locked down in a way Vivaldi is not. wont work in my Waterfox…no matter what..LoL

  5. Abe said on March 28, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Quick bookmark still takes 2 clicks. The only browser that wastes time with a safety feature to prevent accidental bookmarks.

  6. Karl said on March 28, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    You still cannot select a folder in the bookmarks bar and just hover over the other folders. That is super annoying and the “feature” request still hangs for months and even years. That is something every application overs out of the box.

  7. Supergirl said on March 28, 2019 at 4:31 am

    I want to like it…but…. Its just a real hassle to use

    I picked up some browser pop-up malware…
    All I wanted to do was set the browser cache to zero my go to cure on Firefox..

    After hours of searching I came to the conclusion you just cant do that …

    Why.?..F U thats Why!..LoL

    All I find is a 3 fingered ‘salute’ to clean up this smelly diaper after the fact.
    Sadly this is probably my favorite Chromium based browser….*gag*

    Obviously We the users of Chromium browsers are the ‘product’ not the valued customer.

    1. Clairvaux said on March 28, 2019 at 11:52 am

      @ Supergirl

      Of course you can.

      Tools / Delete Browsing Data / Cache

  8. Sirius said on March 27, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    A touch slower starting on Linux right now, but works beautifully once it gets started. Good browser, strips out some chrome bs on the back-end and has full control of tabs. Themes pretty good in Linux though you might have to create a new theme yourself. Works wonders as far as rendering. I’m happy with it!

  9. Clairvaux said on March 27, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Easy to use profiles, at last. That’s what Firefox should have done ten years ago.

    Vivaldi imagines new features that are really needed. What a nice change from Firefox, Chrome and Opera.

    That being said : freezes too often.

    1. anon said on March 28, 2019 at 1:02 am

      Mozilla is reworking how profiles work and Firefox has had tab multiselect functionality, including bookmarking, for quite a while.

  10. ULBoom said on March 27, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Found and followed Opera’s Presto/Chromium events a few years ago and tried one of Vivaldi’s first stable releases. I didn’t like Opera, the speed dial thing, their slow ass “VPN” and limited customization.
    At that point, Vivaldi wasn’t greatly different from a user perspective, somehow slower than Opera; quite a feat. Roughness not too surprising given its nacent form, so I uninstalled it after a few weeks.
    Going through Vivaldi’s changelog, many improvements have been incorporated over the last three years, so maybe it’s coming to age.

  11. Barry said on March 27, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Vivaldi is all right, it’s my go to browser. I prefer that they don’t add any unnecessary gimmick or another doohickey into the web browser. I prefer to work from out of the box, type and surf online. Use prowritingaid analysis web editor, watch bitchute videos, capture images, and keep records. Not to mention, not being tracked by the peeping toms online.

    I think the problem with some people; they have a short attention span, get bored too easily, they want the latest and the greatest. 

    1. Anonymous said on March 28, 2019 at 4:51 am

      As the dev himself said, Vivaldi is for ‘power’ user. Features > Speed.
      If you want fast browser try Chrome or Opera.

    2. Sophie said on March 27, 2019 at 5:37 pm

      I agree Barry. I have a “heavily” customised Firefox, but for my Vivaldi, I’ve not even installed an adblocker. I personally want it fast and pristine, for those occasions where some of my FF Addons have made a page not render correctly.

      Vivaldi is great, clean modern interface, fast for me, and without any modifications at all.

  12. Hy said on March 27, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    STILL cannot find a way to block individual cookies in Vivaldi! Been waiting years for that extremely basic functionality. I wonder why it wasn’t built in it from the beginning, and I wonder why they still refuse to add it after all this time. I’ve been able to block individual cookie domains in FF for years. Even in Brave I have able to do this for quite some time.

    Brave seems to update more often than Vivaldi, perhaps based on the Chromium update schedule. Vivaldi doesn’t seem to do this, or at least not to update as often. Does this make Vivaldi less secure than browsers which are more regularly updated?

    I have to smile each time I see under the privacy settings no less than three options to use Google services, including Google DNS. I know to reject them, but many users may see them listed under so-called “privacy” settings and be duped into thinking that using them will actually enhance their privacy rather than further erode it. And why does Vivaldi always connect to www dot google dot com when I delete browsing data and close it?

    1. Paul(us) said on March 27, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      Did you already try: Enter “saved cookies” in the settings search? click “display saved cookies”. delete whatever you want. you can use ublock origin or umatrix or both to block specific cookies?

      Did you already tried the add-on: Disable cookies

      This is a simple extension for Chromeâ„¢ and Operaâ„¢ browsers that let you disable/enable cookies for the current domain (host).
      There are some options available, but basically, the extension does just that (and nothing more)

      1. Hy said on March 27, 2019 at 2:51 pm

        Thanks so much for the tips! I know it’s possible to delete individual cookies after they’ve been set. But there’s no way to block them using Vivaldi’s built-in cookies settings, like there is in Firefox and Brave. It’s okay, though: I gave up on Vivaldi a long time ago and rarely use it. It’s my fourth-place browser in the lineup.

        I don’t use umatrix but I do use ublock origin and I remember reading something about it being able to block cookies but I’ve not looked into it. I really like ublock origin but I find its UI and explanations mostly impenetrable.

        I’ve never heard of the Disable cookies add-on but that sounds like just the thing for Vivaldi. Thanks for the tip!

    2. crambie said on March 27, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      I think Brave consider privacy more than the others, you just have to look on github to see that. Vivaldi it’s all about bells and whistles instead. You rarely see them talk about their browser and privacy, if there is any talk it’s about general privacy. You can tell a lot by the default settings.

  13. crambie said on March 27, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I don’t know about for Windows but on the Mac it’s just too slow. Everything from startup onwards (eg tabs). I can sometimes load Brave, search for something and go there faster than Vivaldi loads. Some of the features are nice but they’re not enough or important enough to offset it’s poor performance.

    1. clake said on March 27, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      It is snappy on my win10 and linux. The newest snapshot (prerelease) is what I usually use, though. I don’t know about that mac build, crambie. – Did you post on their forum?

      1. crambie said on March 28, 2019 at 12:05 pm

        Could be a mac thing then the same as FF which is barely usable especially if you’re running on battery.

    2. Sophie said on March 27, 2019 at 5:34 pm

      I’ve never found it slow on my Win10 box. Works like a charm.

    3. Yuliya said on March 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      The few times I tried it on Windows 7, I also noticed the UI’s slow responsiveness. I guess Chromium simply was not made to be this customisable.

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