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Vivaldi browser update brings more ways to manage tabs, improves accessibility

Vivaldi gains new features in its quest to become a big rival to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

  • Published: December 14, 2018 3:30 PM IST
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Vivaldi browser, a new web browser developed by Jon von Tetzchner, the founder of Opera browser, was launched this year with an ultra-customizable features and settings for Do-Not-Track policy. Now, the browser is being updated to version 2.2 that brings a number of new features including improved accessibility, navigation and media experience.

In a release note, Vivaldi says this is the last big update of 2018 and brings more ways to manage tabs, integrates pop out video and offers more configurations for toolbars. “We are creating a browser that fits you. This has been our goal from the very start. Vivaldi does not confine users to pre-determined and locked settings in the name of simplicity,” Jon von Tetzchner explains.

With the new update, Vivaldi is trying to add more features to the browser that aims to challenge Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, the three dominant web browsers in the market. Here is a look at some of the changes coming to Vivaldi with version 2.2:

Tabs get more functions

The big new change with version 2.2 of Vivaldi browser is that users can now save select tabs as a session. Vivaldi already offers multiple ways to access and manage tabs effectively and with the update, it is getting even better at tab management. Vivaldi says saved sessions allow users to save a group of tabs that you want to reopen later. These sessions can also be renamed if you want to optimize it further.

In order to create a saved session, first select the tabs you would like to include using Ctrl/Command/Shift. Right-click any of the highlighted tabs to open the context menu and select ‘Save Selected Tabs as Session” to create your new saved session.

Improved Navigation

Vivaldi is also introducing access keys which allows users to access important functionality of a web page via keyboard shortcuts. A site can define these shortcuts for easy access from the browser using Access Key shortcuts (Alt + Shift + [key defined by site]). “For example, when viewing an article on Wikipedia you can use Access Keys if you find yourself using Wikipedia often, a quick search in Quick Commands when viewing an article will reveal a list of the Access Key shortcuts to interact with the site (e.g. ‘Edit this page’ or ‘Search Wikipedia’),” Vivaldi explains.

Vivaldi also gains support for numbered menu accelerators where users can switch between first 9 tabs or use Alt+w to open the window men. There is also a search box on the speed dial and ability to time travel with a middle click from one of the history buttons. Users can also see a list of closed tabs using Quick Commands.

Streamlined Video experience

With the update, Vivaldi users can now watch HTML5 videos in a floating window popup while continuing to browse as normal. Right clicking on a video will reveal its context menu and users can select ‘Picture-in-Picture’ mode for a floating video experience. Vivaldi says it is not yet possible via the custom context menu for sites like YouTube but the feature works with a double right click.

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Cutomizable Toolbars

The update also brings customizable toolbars where users can adjust the address and status bar as per their liking or by removing the infrequently used buttons. Buttons can be removed from a new ‘Customize’ context menu entry and toolbars can be reset to their default appearance by right-clicking on any button. Users can also reset appearance by heading to Settings and then clicking on Appearance.

  • Published Date: December 14, 2018 3:30 PM IST