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Vivaldi 3.4: add custom links to menus

Vivaldi Technologies improved the customization options regarding the browser's main menus and context menus further in the latest Vivaldi 3.4 snapshot; this time, the company's developers added an option to create custom links in the browser and place them in any of the menus that users can edit.

You may remember that Vivaldi 3.1 Stable introduced support for editing the main menu of the browser that is displayed when you activate the menu button at the top. You could remove any of the items displayed in the menu and add new ones from the settings.

The functionality will be enhanced in the upcoming Vivaldi 3.4 by unlocking support for editing the main (right-click) menus as well. In fact, the only menu that you cannot edit right now is the right-click menu on webpages.

The latest browser snapshot added another useful option to the menu editing functionality: the ability to add your own custom links to Vivaldi menus.

You may use it to add internal, e.g. vivaldi://flags, local or Internet links to Vivaldi menus to load these links directly. The screenshot below shows two custom links added to the Special menu of the main Vivaldi menu.

vivaldi custom links

The first link opens the Ghacks website, the second the vivaldi://flags page with experimental options. Adding links is relatively easy, and the main issue that you experience is that it may be difficult to figure out where exactly you add these links.

vivaldi add links

Here is how you do it:

  • Select Vivaldi > Tools > Settings, or use Ctrl-F12 to open the Settings.
  • Switch to Appearance and scroll down to Menu Customization.
  • Select the menu that you want to edit, e.g. Vivaldi Button Menu.
  • Scroll down the commands list until you find "Open Link".
  • Drag & drop Open Link to the desired location in the selected menu under Content.
  • Vivaldi displays the configuration automatically.
    • Change the link name from Open Link to a descriptive title.
    • Edit the link target to a local or remote address.
    • Hit the Enter-key to save the custom link.

You can access the link from the menu then at any time.

I ran into a bit of trouble after adding two custom links, as the commands listing would not let me add more commands, regardless of selection, to Vivaldi menus. A restart resolved this. The browser version is a development build and bugs like this are to be expected.

Closing Words

The option to add any link to any of the editable Vivaldi menus is a welcome addition. You can use it to add internal Vivaldi resource links, e.g. vivaldi://flags, vivaldi://extensions, vivaldi://downloads, or vivaldi://history, local links, e.g. to a router's administration interface or network resources, or remote links, e.g. to websites. One of the last things to do for the developers is to enable webpage element context menu edits as well.

Now You: What is your take on editable menus?

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Vivaldi 3.4 will ship with options to add custom links to any of the menus that users can edit in the web browser, e.g. the main menu of the browser to open local and remote links.
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  1. Eric said on October 3, 2020 at 8:30 am
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    Sadly no way of editing right click context menus yet

    1. ShintoPlasm said on October 5, 2020 at 9:46 am
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      I think that’s coming up, already in the desktop snapshots.

  2. Allwynd said on October 3, 2020 at 1:16 pm
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    Their desktop browser already has plenty of features, it’s time they focus on working out the numerous issues and increase the speed of the UI as their custom UI causes it to load slower than any other Chromium browser.

    1. computer said no said on October 3, 2020 at 6:52 pm
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      @Allwynd.
      Granted the browser does have some bugs but for me the interface is far from slow,in fact it is very snappy and fast.

      I would like them to concentrate more on fixing reported bugs instead of new features as useful as they may be.

      I find vivaldi is a very efficient browser and i only have a 2gb computer.Runs better than firefox for me and memory management is superior .

    2. Trey said on October 3, 2020 at 11:19 pm
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      @Allwynd
      Vivaldi’s strength is that it’s the most customizable browser, and so fully featured with many things built-in. No need to trust iffy 3rd party gesture and speed dial addons, etc. It does come at a cost as that chrome wrapper has to load around it. I do notice on a celeron nuc I use that it’s start time is sluggish. On my newish desktop of course there is no noticeable issue.

    3. Greg said on October 4, 2020 at 2:09 am
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      v’e stopped using Vivaldi till it gets to 4.0, then it might be fast enough to use. problem i find with it right now is its to bloated which is slowing the browser down. a lot of its features it has can be done with Extensions. not everyone will use or needs all of vivaldi’s features

      1. Vistaus said on October 4, 2020 at 11:35 am
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        Lolwut? Extensions take up far more RAM and CPU than built-in features.

  3. ghacksfan said on October 3, 2020 at 6:55 pm
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    Thanks. Next Stable will be awesome:

    1. customizable context menus
    2. reload tabs periodically
    3. custom links to menus

    looking forward to right-click context menu.

    Perfect, thanks.

  4. Yoav said on October 4, 2020 at 7:04 am
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    I tried Vivaldi about 2 years ago and it was impossible to work with – way too slow at everything.
    But I just downloaded 3.3 and its wonderful. I feel like Vivaldi is making the browser fun again, after Quantum destroyed it.

  5. ducks in a row said on October 6, 2020 at 6:40 am
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    I’m tempted to make a domain like:

    isvivaldiopensourceyet.whatever

    I’d really like to try the browser, but I cannot if it remains proprietary. I don’t care how many preachers say, “Oh, but it’s only A,B,C!” Proprietary is proprietary. It’s either open source or proprietary, that’s it.

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