Vivaldi 3.8 takes care of annoying cookie dialogs for you
Vivaldi Technologies have released Vivaldi 3.8, the latest version of the company's web browser, for all supported operating systems. The new Vivaldi version introduces a new option that Vivaldi calls Cookie Crumbler, options to change language settings independently from the operating system on Android, and a firm confirmation that Vivaldi won't include Google's FLoC.
The update is already available, and most installations should receive the update automatically thanks to the program's built-in updating functionality.
You can check the installed version by loading vivaldi://about/ in the browser's address bar. Vivaldi checks for updates when the page is opened and will download and install any that it finds during the scan.
Cookie Crumbler is a new option that is introduced in Vivaldi 3.8. It is a feature of Vivaldi's built-in content blocker, and needs to be enabled before it is taking care of cookie prompts that you may get when you visit websites on the Internet.
To enable it, go to Vivaldi Menu > Settings > Privacy > Tracker and Ad blocking - Manage Sources -- Ad blocking sources, and check one of the available "remove cookie warnings" lists on the page.
Vivaldi supports two filter lists that take care of cookie dialogs, courtesy of EasyList Cookie List and I don't care about cookies.
Once enabled, Vivaldi will block cookie dialogs on sites, provided that a filter on the activated list matches the site or the cookie script that is used.
The developers note that some sites may not work properly or at all if consent is not given. The team recommends disabling the functionality on these sites if they need to be accessed.
The new functionality is available in desktop and in the mobile version of the browser.
Other changes in Vivaldi 3.8
Vivaldi engineers added the FLoC component in the new Vivaldi version to the blacklist, which means that it won't be included in any future version of the browser.
Previously, FLoC was prevented from working by making sure that a hidden setting was not enabled.
On the desktop, Vivaldi Panels received a refresh with new options:
- Enable opacity for the panel background (also affects Speed Dial title background)
- Frosted Look option by enabling blurring.
- Transparent tab bar.
Users who prefer the old way need to make sure that the opacity is set to 100% and that the Transparent tab bar is disabled.
A new shortcut to add bookmarks to Vivaldi without dialog has been added in the desktop versions. Just press Ctrl-D or CMD-D (on Mac) to add a bookmark without need to open the dialog.
The dialog has several new options; it can be displayed with a click on the bookmark icon or by invoking the shortcut twice. New options include creating new folders in the dialog, browsing the full tree-view structure of bookmarks, and quick filters between regular bookmark folders and speed dial folders.
Two new features are available in Quick Commands. First, the ability to toggle mouse gestures on or off, and second, to display extension pop-ups by typing the extension's name.
The mobile version of the Vivaldi browser, available for Android, has a new feature to set a language for Vivaldi that can be different than the system language. Go to Settings > Language Settings > App Language to set one of the 41 supported languages as the default.
Vivaldi users who display the address bar at the bottom of the page may now add a Start Page shortcut to it under Vivaldi Menu > Settings > Appearance.
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