Vivaldi 6.2 speeds up performance and adds this unique feature
Vivaldi 6.2 is the newest version of Vivaldi Technologies web browser. The new version marks a major milestone for the project, as it speeds up the opening of new browser windows significantly in many cases. Also new is the ability to customize the address field output when you type by selecting the sources Vivaldi pulls information from.
Vivaldi Technologies notes that it is now rendering browser windows through React portals. The effect of the code refactoring is that the browser opens windows faster now and that it uses less memory for browser windows.
Vivaldi Technologies ran benchmarks to compare the before and after performance. Vivaldi's window opening speed improved by 37% after the changes were implemented claims the company. The benchmarks were run on a low-end Intel 2GHz Core i3 processor. Compared to an older version of the browser from 2018, windows opened 64% faster, according to Vivaldi Technologies.
Vivaldi 6.2: Address Field customizations
Vivaldi 6.2 ships with several new features and improvements. One of the most interesting ones is the ability to change the priority of address field items that the browser displays when users type in the address bar.
All modern web browsers use several sources they pull data from: from search, the user's bookmarks, the browsing history, or pages visited frequently.
Vivaldi users may control the output of the browser in Vivaldi 6.2 by changing priorities and removing entire sources from the list of sources Vivaldi uses. It is possible to turn off search entirely to only get local results, or to keep search and bookmarks, but disable the browsing history.
You can change the the priority and data sources of the output in the following way in Vivaldi 6.2:
- Select the Vivaldi Menu and then Settings.
- Switch to Address Bar in the sidebar of the Settings window that opens.
- Scroll down to Drop-Down Menu Priority.
- There, you may uncheck any of the available sources:
- Autocomplete Results.
- Search Suggestions.
- Frequently Visited Pages.
- Typed History.
- Browser History.
- Most of the options may also be moved. Select them and use drag & drop, or the up/down icons in the lower right corner of the interface.
- Note that the first two options, Autocomplete Result and Search, can't be moved at this time.
There is a handy Reset Priority button to restore the original configuration at any time.
Other changes in Vivaldi 6.2
There is a new clear browsing data button in the History panel now. It allows you to quickly delete history entries.
Select the History icon in Vivaldi's side panel and activate the erase button once the history is displayed. There, you get the options to delete data for the past hour, day, week, 4 week period or all time, and may select the databases that you want processed.
Selecting all will process all of them, but there is also the option to select individual databases, e.g., downloads or browsing history, to have them processed only.
Another useful feature of Vivaldi is the ability to follow YouTube channels without Google Account. Vivaldi uses YouTube's RSS feed for that. You can check out my guide from 2022 on subscribing to YouTube channels without Google account.
Vivaldi 6.2 improves the discoverability of the feature according to the announcement, but we could not get this to work on YouTube.
Vivaldi users on macOS may now use the geolocation service of the macOS system, the Apple Location Service.
The built-in mail client, one of Vivaldi's many features that make it stand out, supports new mail filters in the new version. You may switch between displaying text menu and icons only for the mail client's filter view under Settings > Mail > Filter View Buttons.
The mail client support's FastMail's OAuth login system in the latest version, which means that users can log in to their accounts without using an app-specific password in Vivaldi 6.2.
Vivaldi 6.2 is available via the browser's automatic updating systema and as a standalone download from the developer website.
Vivaldi 6.2 is a big release for the company and also for users of the web browser. It improves the browser's speed and memory usage, and introduces new unique customization options next to that.
Now You: have you tried Vivaldi 6.2?