Vivaldi 5.3 arrives with editable toolbars

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 1, 2022
Updated • Jun 1, 2022

Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi 5.3, a new version of the company's web browser, to the public on June 1st, 2022. The new version of Vivaldi introduces support for the full customization of toolbars in the browser as well as other features.

vivaldi 5.3 edit toolbar

Vivaldi 5.3 is available already. Users who run Vivaldi will get the update through the browser's automatic update functionality eventually, but they may speed up the process by running a manual check for updates on desktop versions of Vivaldi.

Select Vivaldi Menu > Help > Check for Updates to display the current version and run a check for updates. The browser should pick up the new version at this point, download it and install it.

Vivaldi 5.3

Vivaldi is a highly customizable browser already. Vivaldi users may edit the browser's context menus and main menus, get the highest versatility when it comes to the displaying of tabs, excellent support for keyboard shortcuts, and a lot more.

Vivaldi 5.3 adds another customization option to the Chromium-based web browser: editable toolbars.

Vivaldi displays a toolbar at the bottom of the browser window, that gives users quick access to features such as zoom, toggling images and animations, screen capturing, or Page actions. Vivaldi supported the hiding of the status bar for a long time, but the introduction of edit options may improve it for its users.

The browser has a number of toolbars, including the navigation toolbar, mail toolbar, or command chains. All of these are editable in Vivaldi 5.3.

Right-click on the status bar and select Edit > Customize Toolbar to display the customization menu for all toolbars. You may also select Vivaldi Menu > View > Customize Toolbar to open the same menu.

A right-click on a specific toolbar icon displays an option to remove that particular item directly, without opening the main edit window.

The customization menu gives you the following options:

  • Remove toolbar items by dragging them to a location that is outside the toolbar area.
  • Rearrange toolbar items by using drag & drop.
  • Reset the toolbar to restore the default.
  • Add new items to the toolbar using drag & drop.

The new functionality gives users control over many toolbar items. Unneeded icons can be removed to improve usability and remove clutter, and icons may be rearranged to change accessibility.

It is possible to remove essential menu items, such as the address bar of the navigational toolbar, from the browser. Users may need to reset the toolbar if they do so in accident, or drop it to the toolbar again using the edit options.

vivaldi modified navigation toolbar

Some elements are bundled together. The address bar includes all icons displayed in its area, and there is no option to remove individual items from it.

The new toolbar editing option improves Vivaldi significantly for some of its users. If you don't need specific icons in one of the toolbars, you may now remove them and hide them from view.

Other changes in Vivaldi 5.3

vivaldi reset settings

Vivaldi engineers added a new reset option to the browser's Settings. Each section has a reset option to reset all options to the default state.

Vivaldi's synchronization feature supports search engine syncing in the new version; this syncs all search engines across all Vivaldi installations, including on desktop, mobile and even cars from Renault and Polestar.

Now You: what is your take on these new customization options?

Vivaldi 5.3 arrives with editable toolbars
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Vivaldi 5.3 arrives with editable toolbars
The Vivaldi 5.3 web browser update introduces support for editing the browser's toolbars, including the navigational toolbar and the status bar.
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  1. computer said no said on June 2, 2022 at 11:02 am

    This seems like another gimmick.The toolbars have always had the ability to move the icons etc via the keyboard..This is just a GUI for the same thing and is then touted as a new feature.

  2. pndy said on June 1, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Also, since the very beginning they do some affiliated programme and some search engines entries come with the browser identifier like e.g. the newest addition Neeva: which by the way, is a paid search engine that doesn’t offer even checking-out what it offers but at the moment asks for “Join the waitlist”

  3. pndy said on June 1, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    If someone managed to miss it: there’s now a separated setting for searching images and it’s occupied by Bing, even if you select different search engine previously. It’s also hard to remove it – at least it was in my case. I had to add URL for images search to any other engine listed in order to remove this Bing entry.

    Guess not only DDG sucks Redmond curry-smelling balls.

    1. MarlKax said on June 1, 2022 at 8:33 pm

      Well, if you don’t like it and disagree with it, why not just drop Vivaldi and really do something about it? Seems like some people talk to much but they rarely put on action all the words from their mouth.

      But what do you expect Vivaldi to do anyway? There are literally only two main search engines Bing and Google, and everyone who is relevant in this conversation besides StartPage uses Bing indexer. So what other alternative would Vivaldi use? something like gigablast that it is not really good even if I wish they would? or Moojek which is obviously inferior as well and too European oriented?
      Seems like there is a reason why so many search engines that spew the whole We care about your privacy choose to use Bing, and probably is the same reason why Vivaldi did it as well.
      About your attack on DDG, are you attacking them based on recent articles? why not before? DuckDuckGo has used Bing, for how many years? and nobody seem to care, the same people who actually believed the lies about people’s privacy from DDG when the tribe Berg CEO used to make money through people’s information in 2006.
      Did you have the same stance about DDG before or just now because somehow you found out they whitelist Microsoft’s stuff based on a contract?
      This reminds me of the people who also complain about DuckDuckGo worried and upset about how DDG would censor or rank down searches based on the stupid word misinformation, when DDG has been doing it for years. People are so dumb about these small companies, they are here for the money, not because they care about anyone, they are only using privacy as a marketing and anything like that for $$$$ and just that, not to make the internet better or anything.

      Just look at Brave, they only think about the money they can make through the BAT system, while using the Privacy and Security as an excuse, they can barely release any decent user first feature but when it comes to crypto or wallet or BAT you get 1000 fixes and new/improved features about them.
      But Brave promised not to censor and fight censorship and Eich by Eich words, pretty much admitted they will not do that, and they actually will do whatever governments tell them to do to avoid trouble. The super amazing promised feature Goggles? well, it will actually make censorship worst if Government wants the power and users will not be able to do anything about it. If they are so weak about their anti-censorship stances… I wonder what will happen when Governments want people’s information!
      Also, Brave never cared that people’s synching information (and others) is stored in AWS…

      So it is the same story of these small companies, Vivaldi, DDG, Brave, Ecosia, Swisscows, Startpage, Qwant and the million other small companies that use privacy as a marketing scheme, the truth is they don’t care. I mean, when people praise something like Tor or Signal, companies that literally are being funded by government agencies… then you got a problem there.

      So, of course Vivaldi clearly doesn’t care about your privacy even if they love to talk about it so much
      Have you read their privacy policy? worst than many Big Tech companies for sure.
      Vivaldi should be the perfect example that anyone, especially small companies will dance for some money, and they don’t care about the supposedly principles they hold, like Vivaldi CEO is always talking crap against Microsoft like if Microsoft was the most dangerous internet company but it seems he is not too much against Microsoft when he has to extend his hand to receive the money for having those Bing features in Vivaldi.

      I won’t completely disagree with you, but I find it strange you compare them to DDG but why haven’t you switched already to a new browser?

      1. Iron Heart said on June 2, 2022 at 12:21 am


        You make it seem like Brave Software received a stern look from the government and immediately kowtowed, but this is not what happened. The EU has forbidden all forms of RT broadcast in its member countries. If you want to do business in the EU, you have to comply with the law. Do you understand?

        The problem would never have arisen if Brave had stuck with their privacy-preserving ad ecosystem. If you include a news feed into a browser and once you enter the search engine business, problems arise that you otherwise would not have had, as you are then part of the “information flow”, if you will. Or in short: If you include no features, you also can do no wrong. I bet if Brave had not included the news feed, you wouldn’t complain, since there would be no basis for censorship in the first place.
        Don’t hate the players, hate the game. You have to complain about the government and not about companies subject to the law who are forced to comply. Are you too anxious to do that? I mean, Brave is a soft target as far as your anti-censorship campaign is concerned, the government, i.e. the actual cause, is not.
        I also find it ridiculous that you expect Brave Software to fight for another company’s right to be broadcast. That is RT’s battle, not Brave’s. It is RT who should go to court over this since they are the party actually affected.

        Last but not least, I think you should be pragmatic about things. RT is not actually censored at the browser level. You can still browse to the website and you can bookmark it, add it back to the news feed or whatever…

        I think RT is super-biased (but then, so are our media outlets), and I think it only has value as far as the principle “audiatur et altera pars” is concerned. That being said, I am not a pro-censorship person, read whatever you want. Hearing both points of view is OK and the truth is oftentimes somewhere in the middle, and so it has been historically in most conflicts.

  4. Anonymous said on June 1, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    Lol where are the “muh privacy” and the if not “OpEN SAurcE” people now?

    It’s just funny how people complain about companies like Microsoft but Vivaldi has a similar privacy policy than Microsoft.

    And then somehow people forget that the reason they can “innovate” is because they are not using native UI, they use html5+CSS+js for the UI, so you run your web pages in an iframe… yeah nice tech. Try moving a Vivaldi window while playing YouTube or twitch or something heavy, that’s why this browser is terrible, better use Mozilla pro censorship Firefox if you want customization.

    I mean, when they have a clown of a CEO that loves to talk complete shit and pretend they are all super cool using the marketing buzzwords “we care about your privacy” this is what you get.

    So let’s remember how they use Google safe search and they never did anything to remove it or replace it and what their privacy policy says about your computer information being sent and stored in their server.

    When you install Vivaldi browser (“Vivaldi”), each installation profile is assigned a unique user ID that is stored on your computer. Vivaldi will send a message using HTTPS directly to our servers located in Iceland every 24 hours containing this ID, version, cpu architecture, screen resolution and time since last message. We anonymize the IP address of Vivaldi users by removing the last octet of the IP address from your Vivaldi client then we store the resolved approximate location after using a local geoip lookup. The purpose of this collection is to determine the total number of active users and their geographical distribution.

    So much for privacy browser lol just like when they ask for phone numbers to use the email service.

    1. oldfoxbetterfox said on July 11, 2022 at 11:46 pm

      If you have telemetry enabled, Firefox collects the address of every piece of JS that runs in your browser. Given that basically every website uses JS, they are collecting your entire browsing history. Yandex also collects information about other web pages you visit. Not sure what mechanism they use, but I’ve seen the results first hand

      No such thing as absolute privacy on the internet

    2. Anonymous said on June 1, 2022 at 4:48 pm

      its all about trust. and microsoft broke that trust worldwide during windows 10 forced upgrade fiasco. suddenly ppl went paranoid, because why not? after that one, same stuff popping out from other big tech companies, apple, facebook, google, you name it.

      1. Anonymous said on June 1, 2022 at 7:57 pm

        Yeah, that wasn’t the point of my post, I was talking about Vivaldi and used Microsoft (Edge) as a reference, some people will complain about how Microsoft is ‘privacy nightmare’ when there has not been a case of a real proof they sell people’s information or gather more ‘telemetry’ that they say they do.
        Microsoft charges for their products so unlike Google, their business is not around ‘being free’ and use the people’s information for he advertising industry and who knows what else.

        But anyway, for example, try to find opinions about Opera and people will say how ‘it is owned by Chinese = bad for privacy’ when there is no (again) proof of their claims. There is a part in Opera’s privacy policy that talks about Machine with ID and people might submit the information to them, but you can disable it on installation and disable the rest when you change settings in Opera.

        So unlike Vivaldi, you have a way to optout, in Vivaldi they will do it automatically, every 24 hours they will send your machine ID with part of your IP and all, but apparently people don’t have a problem with that? so many “I care about privacy” recommend Vivaldi but have never read the privacy policy.
        And it is worst when some people say “but they don’t use Google analytics so it is fine by me”.

        That is my point, how some people will pretend Microsoft’s privacy policy is so much worst than anyone else when in reality it is similar to most companies and some companies like Vivaldi apparently have it worst than other companies people judge based on ‘owners’ like Opera.

        I mean, I don’t even like Microsoft, they are a clown company that supports and spreads agendas like any other big tech, I think Edge is decent browser with cool features and it works fine so I don’t care to remove it from people’s computers. Also, they are from USA, and a company from USA will be more dangerous than if CCCP or Russia gets my information, that’s why I like using Yandex, at least it is a company that they won’t spread agendas and BS outside technology, something even Opera is annoying these days with GX and gaming marketing.

        I used to use Vivaldi in the past, I still have vivaldi accounts with the email functioning before they started requesting for phone numbers. But then, I realized I couldn’t stand Jon von Tetzchner so much, he is hypocrite clown spreading the whole “privacy” marketing buzzword and criticizes others (you can read his twitter) and then pretend like his browser is not spying on people and sending information and storing it in their servers. I find it interesting how he always seem to attack Microsoft as well, but I never really said anything about Apple.
        But I mean, just read the whole BS about “our whatever dumb take about Ukrainian war” or how the clown moved to USA, which means he invaded a country and started spreading the whole BLM garbage BS 2 years ago.
        So yeah, just a clown with a big mouth like when he said if Opera 8 reached a million downloads in 4 days he would swim across the Atlantic, and it was obvious it was all BS talk.
        So he a liar, a hypocrite and a clown, and also a disrespectful person who invaded a country to talk crap in it.

        Of course the point of my post is about how some people seem to use difference balance systems when it comes to some companies.
        Vivaldi’s close sourceness doesn’t matter to some and how they send every 24h your unique ID with personal information to their servers. In the Era where weak people got all touchy and weak over Audacity wanting to add some telemetry system, then they don’t speak too much about Vivaldi and actually celebrates it existence even if it is the worst Chromium browser being implemented today with its html5+css+js UI. Yeah, it makes the browser look nice and have fancy features and split screen and all that, but it is slow and not open source.

        At least it is good that Vivaldi is like nothing in the big picture, their marketshare is like nothing, so while it seems that some people seem crazy about it, it is all a lie. So not many has fallen in the trap of hypocrisy and lies about Vivaldi and their supposedly “we care about your privacy” crap, when they obviously don’t, they a worst (but similar) privacy policy than Opera, a browser which is seen as terrible because a Chinese group (like has happened millions of times by Chinese companies, just take a look at Tencent and with gaming studios and Epic Games) bought part of a company or a whole company.

        So my problem is with people who scream privacy first and then apparently it doesn’t matter or use a different balance system to justify how Vivaldi has a terrible privacy policy but I don’t see it mentioned way too much.
        Ghacks made an article about that in 2018, so yeah, it is nothing new, and people in comments were justifying it how since ‘they are open about it it is fine by me’ or ‘well they don’t use google analytics so it is fine’. I know humans are a bunch of clowns but sometimes I get surprised how we live in this clown world that gets worst and worst, but at the same time humans don’t change much, get worst but stay on the same clownish way of thinking of hypocrisy and double standards and lies and ‘we support the current thing’ or ‘we are against it because we are told to hate it’.

  5. allen said on June 1, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Vivaldi reminds me of how user-focused Mozilla used to be.

    1. Daniel said on June 1, 2022 at 2:50 pm

      Spot on @allen !

      Considering Vivaldi’s budget… they are really proving to be a super innovative team that puts the big leaguers to shame.

  6. computer said no said on June 1, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    Users of the windows version have been reporting the browser as crashing and not starting on the vivaldi forum and a fix is expected sometime today..Not sure if the crashes are occurring on linux or mac.

  7. PI said on June 1, 2022 at 11:28 am

    Hold the Shift key and drag icons to new places:-)

  8. Paul(us) said on June 1, 2022 at 10:46 am

    Martin, did I miss it but can’t I still rearrange the place of the installed addons (Like I can with Firefox) on the (with edit – customize toolbar?) navigation toolbar?

    That would be a shame.

    1. Lemegeton said on June 1, 2022 at 1:48 pm

      Actually, you can move extension’s icons:
      You need to hold the Shift and then you can drag the icon.

    2. iHelp said on June 1, 2022 at 1:26 pm

      “Move components
      To move a component that’s already on the toolbar, hold down the Ctrl / ? key and drag the component to the new location”

      Source: “Move components” on

    3. Martin Brinkmann said on June 1, 2022 at 11:01 am

      You can’t move individual extension icons it appears.

  9. Anonymous said on June 1, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Still no tabs under address bar? Is really that hard to make it?

    1. SomebodyNobody said on June 1, 2022 at 11:58 am

      Probably not, but users have to request new Vivaldi features on Vivaldi forums.

      Tabs area:

      1. Anonymous said on June 2, 2022 at 3:27 am

        It’s been requested many times before, here’s the oldest from 2018 that I can find

        Safari can do it but Vivaldi can’t, why?

        The devs just don’t care.

      2. allen said on June 2, 2022 at 3:58 pm

        Why does anyone care? Granted, I think the user should be able to set it whichever way he/she wants to, and granted, it’s very, very easy to modify with CSS, it’s still just a personal preference with no real value for productivity. I’ve used both and hardly even noticed a difference when going from one to the other. Toolbars, right? I’m just surprised there’s no extension for it (or is there one?).

      3. oldfoxbetterfox said on July 11, 2022 at 11:39 pm

        You clearly don’t do much on your PC because it makes a huge difference to productivity when you also use photoshop, notepad++, excel, Indesign and LITERALLY EVERY OTHER PROGRAM on a PC that also have tabs in the logical position

        Fortunately a user named eLeSands has posted working css to get your tabs back to the logical position, because Vivaldi devs have the same mentality as Mozilla devs. Just make sure you set it up outside the Vivaldi version folder otherwise it will get deleted with every update

        And after it being broken for about 3 years they finally fixed the drag and drop issue. If only they’d put delete back into the context menus and inexplicably removing it…

      4. Anonymous said on June 3, 2022 at 3:41 am

        As a browser which boasted customizability, apparently such easy modification is so hard for the Vivaldi’s devs to do it.

        I never use Mouse Gestures, they are useless for me with no real value for productivity but why the feature exists?

        Shilling for Vivaldi won’t make you any richer.

      5. Jody Thornton said on June 2, 2022 at 12:17 am

        Like so many have done before?

  10. Anonymous said on June 1, 2022 at 10:08 am

    chromium blows and there are a lot of things about vivaldi i’m not keen on (it isn’t fully open source, afaik you still can’t opt out of the telemetry platform it uses, etc.) – but they deserve credit for developing one of the only mainstream-ish browsers left that actually champions end-user customization options and theming support and, shockingly, adding features that help you do the one thing every single web browser on the planet should focus on – browse the goddamn internet. now if only mozilla would start taking notes from them…

    1. TAITO said on June 1, 2022 at 9:08 pm

      At least it’s not Firesux.

      1. Murdock2525 said on June 6, 2022 at 2:55 pm

        My firefox(farce) was eaten by a Wolf !
        I know. But they did a decent job fixing MoZos crap up a bit

      2. Anonymous said on June 1, 2022 at 11:38 pm

        Everyone will be sorry for using Chromium once manifest v3 hits. Firefox will be the only usable browser.

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