5 Features of Vivaldi Browser that Trump Firefox and Chrome

5 Features of Vivaldi Browser that Trump Firefox and Chrome

For almost 2 years, I used Chrome as my default browser. Unfortunately, last week, some adware infected my installation, negatively impacting my browsing experience. Despite my attempts to remove the adware with various tools, my browser continued to crash, redirecting me to Russian gambling and dating sites, and playing random video ads.

Formatting the PC to reinstall Windows 10 was the only option left, but the time it takes to back up the files, install Windows 10, and reconfigure it for my needs was holding me back. When I discussed the issue with our Senior Editor on Twothirds.Us, Chaitanya, he suggested trying Vivaldi browser, which runs on the Chromium engine. Knowing that all Chrome tools and extensions would work on Vivaldi was enough for me to give it a shot.

The first day was spent exploring the browser’s interesting features. I fell in love with Vivaldi’s features and was surprised to see that some were missing on Chrome and Firefox, which have been around for a long time. Here are the top 5 impressive features you won’t find on other popular browsers.

1. Option to Reposition Tabs

The tabs in Vivaldi are positioned differently compared to Chrome and Firefox. Instead of being at the top by default, Vivaldi allows you to drag them around and place them at the bottom, right, or left edge of the browser. This gives you the flexibility to choose the position that is most comfortable for you.

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5 Features of Vivaldi Browser that Trump Firefox and Chrome

To make changes, open the “Settings” panel and go to “Tabs”. Here you can adjust the “Tab Bar Position”. The settings will update in real-time, allowing you to choose your preferred tab placement.

5 Features of Vivaldi Browser that Trump Firefox and Chrome

2. Add Web Panels for Facebook, Twitter, Email and Other Social Websites

This is one of my favorite features, where I can add a web panel to the edge of the browser and view my social timeline or emails without leaving the webpage I am working on.

5 Features of Vivaldi Browser that Trump Firefox and Chrome

To add panels, click on the “+” icon on the edge and enter the website URL. The browser will identify it and add it to a web panel, accessible without leaving the current page. Vivaldi’s page wrap feature ensures compatibility with space, enabling posting, tweeting, and email replies. Essentially, these panels function as mobile browsers.

3. Tab Stacking

If you have a habit of opening too many tabs at once, Tab Stacking can help you organize them. This feature automatically groups tabs from the same website, making it easier to work with multiple tabs without getting lost.

5 Features of Vivaldi Browser that Trump Firefox and Chrome

Let’s say you have 5 tabs from Facebook, 4 from Twothirds.Us, and 2 from Twitter. Using Tab Stacks, you can combine them into 3 different tabs that will include all the child tabs from the same domain. To group them, simply drag a tab onto another or right-click on a tab and choose “Group Similar Tabs to Stack” from the menu.

4. Mouse Gestures

Gestures make navigation easy and Vivaldi integrates them as default features. Using this feature, you can perform various actions such as opening a new tab, closing a tab, and going back a page. To configure these gestures, open Vivaldi Settings and go to Mouse Settings. Check the option for Allow Gestures.

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5 Features of Vivaldi Browser that Trump Firefox and Chrome

The available gestures can be found under Gesture Mapping. These mappings are hardcoded and cannot be customized, but they are easy to remember and use.

5. Quick Commands and Hot Keys

Another improvement to enhance navigation is Quick Commands, accessed by pressing F2. These commands allow for easy tab navigation, bookmark searching, and launching. Additionally, you can search for specific commands and view their corresponding hotkeys.

5 Features of Vivaldi Browser that Trump Firefox and Chrome

Conclusion

The top 5 features of Vivaldi that may convince you to try it out today are just the beginning. Developers promise to further enhance Vivaldi in the future by integrating features such as Notes and Mails, making it a complete package.

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