Vivaldi adds two-level tab stack to the web browser
Vivaldi Technologies released the new stable version Vivaldi 3.5 this week and today the latest browser snapshot that highlights new features that will be included in the next stable release of the browser.
Today's browser snapshot 2130.3 improves the web browser's tab stacking functionality. Tab Stacks are an essential part of the web browser and a remake of the tab stacking functionality of the classic Opera web browser.
All it takes is to drag and drop tabs on top of each other to create stacks. These stacks take up a single spot on the tab bar and are ideal for bundling sites together.
Up until now, Vivaldi displays a small bar on top of the stacked tab that users could click on to switch to another tab of the stack. Version 3.5 introduced a visual representation of the stack that displays automatically when the mouse cursor hovers over the tab stack.
The newest snapshot introduces yet another tab-related feature: the option to display a second tab bar that displays when a tab stack is selected.
The feature is not enabled by default, and users need to make two configuration changes in the snapshot to enable it. One of them will likely be removed when the feature lands in the stable version.
- Load vivaldi://experiments/ in the browser's address bar.
- Locate Two line tab stacks on the page that opens and check the box to enable the feature.
- Load vivaldi://settings/tabs/ in the address bar next; this displays Vivaldi's tab management settings.
- Scroll down to Tab Stacking.
- Switch to "Second row of tabs" to enable the new feature. You may optionally check "use dotted tabs to visualize the stack" if you want.
Create a new tab stack or switch to an existing one afterwards to see the effect of the change. When you select a tab stack, a second row of tabs is displayed automatically; this tab displays all tabs of the stack so that you may select these tabs directly as if they were displayed individually.
The option to display a second tab row for tab stacks is really helpful; users of the browser who use tab stacks regularly may find it useful, even if it means that there is a light visual disruption whenever users switch between tab stacks and regular tabs.
Now You: do you use tab stacks or grouping features?