Vivaldi 3.3 browser with new Break mode released

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 8, 2020
Internet, Vivaldi

Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi 3.3, a new stable version of the company's desktop web browser, for all supported platforms on Monday.

The new version of Vivaldi browser is already available via the browser's automatic update system and also as a direct download on the Vivaldi website.

Vivaldi users may select Menu > Help > Check for Updates to run a manual check for updates. The browser will pick up the new version and install it on the device.

Vivaldi 3.3

vivaldi break mode

The big new feature of Vivaldi 3.3 is a Break mode that is designed to provide users with options to take breaks while working in the browser.

Once activated, break mode "mutes and stops HTML5 audio and videos, hides all tabs, panels, and other content leaving the screen clean".

Just click on the new break mode icon on the left side of the browser's status bar, or use the designated keyboard shortcut Ctrl+, to toggle it.

The main idea behind break mode is to power down the browser for the time being; ideal for taking a break without browsing Internet sites or watching videos, or chatting with others without any distractions on the screen.

Break mode offers another interesting option. Remember boss key applications that hide program windows on the desktop when activated? Since Break mode hides everything that is happening in the browser, it can be used for a similar purpose. Not necessarily to hide activity from your superior, but ideal when someone else approaches you or is about to walk by you.

Last but not least, Vivaldi notes that Break mode may reduce the browser's resource usage so that other programs may use the freed-up resources.

vivaldi-3.3-new private window theme

Vivaldi 3.3 comes with a number of additional new features and changes. If you use the browser's private browsing mode, you will notice that it features a new theme

The new theme uses a blue and purple color scheme to distinguish private browsing mode better from regular browsing mode.

Vivaldi developers added options to set a custom private browsing theme in the Settings under Themes > Private Window Theme. Just head over there and pick any of the available themes for that. Vivaldi supports creating new themes directly in the browser, and these themes will also become available for selection.

Another new feature highlights the base part of the Internet domain in the browser's address bar. If you read an article here on Ghacks in Vivaldi, you will notice that is highlighted in bold while the remaining parts of the URL are less visible (but still displayed in full).

You will be drawn towards the core part of the URL while the rest of the URL will be visible and lowlighted. This way you can recognize which company controls the domain and prevent scams and phishing attacks.

The browser displays a warning icon if the address bar is very narrow so that the base domain is difficult to read.

The new Vivaldi version supports another new feature that has been added to the browser's address bar. The different parts of the URL can now be highlighted easily using the Ctrl-key (Command-key on Mac).

Vivaldi highlights the parts of the URL that will be selected when you hold down the key on the keyboard. You may use it to go up directories quickly.

Vivaldi highlights two additional improvements on the official company blog: users may drag & drop Speed Dials to folders on the desktop, and the browser supports full-page blocking with options to set custom rules.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am

    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

  11. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Ghacks comments have been broken for too long. What article did you see this comment on? Reply below. If we get to 20 different articles we should all stop using the site in protest.

    I posted this on [] so please reply if you see it on a different article.

    1. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  12. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  13. Mystique said on September 28, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Article Title: Reddit enforces user activity tracking on site to push advertising revenue
    Article URL:

    No surprises here. This is just the beginning really. I cannot see a valid reason as to why anyone would continue to use the platform anymore when there are enough alternatives fill that void.

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