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Today, we are thrilled to share new features – Custom Icons and Workspaces – that will change the way you experience Vivaldi on your desktop. With the release of 6.0, our powerful and personal browser goes even further.
The all-new Custom Icons in Themes allow you to radically alter the look of the browser and personalize the interface like never before.
Workspaces take our unique tab management functionality even higher. It lets you organize your tabs by category into separate workspaces and switch easily between them. The ability to use Tab Stacks (groups) and split-screen view within Workspaces makes working with tabs way more fun and focused.
We build the browser. You make it a home.
We want you to see Vivaldi as your home on the internet, so it should reflect your personality, preferences, and needs.
Providing a browser with ultimate freedom and flexibility is at the heart of what we do. Workspaces and the next-level user interface customization will give people a browser experience that is special and truly unique.
Vivaldi has everything you need to create an online haven, your dream home on the internet. Just pick and choose the look, feel, and features you want, to create a space where you can be more creative, productive, efficient, and effective.
Win 95, Minimal Feather, or …? Change the look of Vivaldi completely with Themes and Custom Icons.
Because of course, you can – it’s Vivaldi. It is fundamentally unique when compared to other browsers, as you can change almost everything about it.
Just as you’d design your home, you can transform the look of Vivaldi in various ways – changing the background image, completely restyling it, altering the toolbar layouts, and of course, using Themes.
Watch the video to get an idea of how you can personalize your browser:
Our built-in theming tools make it relatively easy to customize the colors and backgrounds the way you want, but it’s even simpler to change the look of Vivaldi by downloading user-generated themes from our Themes Gallery.
And our new Custom Icons are the final piece that will help you get that perfect look, opening up even more possibilities to create a browser that’s uniquely yours.
Changing the entire look of your browser has never been easier. Just click and pick any Theme with Custom Icons in the Themes Gallery.
For example, you can get a Win 95-inspired look, with the familiar buttons and colors, or get another look that is artistic with the Hand Drawn style.
You can also go bolder, with a big and colorful set of icons, or try Darkgreysharp, a theme by one of the Vivaldi users, Sedative.
Need some inspiration? You’ll find more Themes with Custom Icons in our Themes Gallery:
- Minimal Feather that consists of small stroke icons,
- Knobs have thick beveled icons for you to click,
- Thin Panel is a classic style, with ‘thinner’ panel icons for anyone feeling nostalgic.
Simply head to Settings >Themes > Create more Themes to get started. You can use a new filter on the Themes page to see only themes with custom icons.
Want a different look for the reload or back buttons? Or cat on your home button? It’s all possible.
Our Theme Editor makes it easy to replace toolbar button icons with your own Custom Icons, be it the default navigation controls, panel icons, or your Command Chains, so Vivaldi will fully reflect your personality, interests, and taste.
Themes are shareable. You can export your Theme with your custom icon set on the Vivaldi Themes Gallery to share with other users. The sky’s the limit.
Learn more about creating a custom icon set here.
Custom Icons in Themes offer true personalization and ensure that everyone can create their look. You can design Vivaldi into a Game of Thrones browser or even a Hobbit browser, or simply the football club that you love! All you need is some imagination.
Work or play? Organize tabs with Workspaces.
We pack in the kind of tab management tools that would otherwise require a long list of clunky browser extensions. Now, we’re raising the bar even higher with Workspaces.
Workspaces are like different rooms of your home, each with a different purpose. And just like you organize your rooms at home, you can keep the rooms in your browser organized! You can now focus on a single project at a time by grouping tabs in one place with Workspaces.
They function similarly to virtual desktops. Each workspace holds whichever tabs are related to a given task or category.
For example, you can create Workspaces for productivity, social media, news, and shopping and then open related tabs within those Workspaces. This allows you to easily switch between different sets of tabs and keep your workflow organized. This video shows how Workspaces can be the best tool for organizing your tabs:
Here’s a Workspaces gallery showing how you can separate your tabs by category.
To get a better idea of how incredible Workspaces can be, click on an image to scroll through work-related tabs, separate travel plans to Brussels and Iceland, a daily dose of news, streaming games, research-related work, and sports and fun projects:
“I’m an astrophysics researcher and a student. I also have a teaching job and a personal life. I use different Workspaces to keep myself organized. I have Workspaces for each, and I can easily switch between different positions so I can stay focused. I keep Tabs Stacks as well so I can have full control over my tabs and how they work together.
Workspaces are immensely useful, I love how decluttered my tabs look now and how much power I have over what goes where, without having to open several windows.”Vivaldi user Jasper
Workspaces and Tab Stacks – a productivity powerhouse.
Working with tabs is fun in Vivaldi! Especially with Tab Stacks (tab groups), an excellent way to quickly organize tabs, while giving you a complete overview within a single tab bar.
In contrast, Workspaces, further fine-tuning the organization of your tabs, intentionally show you only the tabs you are working with for a given task. This allows you to focus on one thing, without distractions.
Some people will prefer Tab Stacks, while others may find Workspaces to be a more efficient way to work. Because of our ethos that people are different, we like to give you different options.
Tab Stacks within your Workspace.
Workspaces are incredible to work with but they get even more powerful when used with our Tab Stacks and Tab Tiling, giving you an experience that no other browser offers.
Since Vivaldi doesn’t limit you, you can use Tab Stacks within your Workspaces. For example, you can have a Sports workspace and then have stacks for “Football”, “Cricket” “Racing”, and “Tennis” to sub-organize your tabs.
And our Two-level, Accordion, and Compact tab-stacking styles give you multiple ways to access and manage your tabs effectively. And, yes, they work in Workspaces, too.
Tab Tiling, a unique way to view tabs in a Tab Stack.
When using Tab Stacks in Workspaces, you can also use Tab Tiling, one of our most loved functionalities.
This means you can view multiple tabs in a split-screen or grid within your workspace groups. It makes working with multiple tabs more powerful and gives you a way of viewing your tabs that you won’t see in other browsers.
Here’s an example showing how you can work with Two-level Tab Stacks and Tab Tiling to help you organize and view your tabs more effectively.
Here’s how to create Workspaces in Vivaldi.
You’ll find a new Workspaces button displayed next to the Vivaldi Menu icon and to the left of your open tabs. A click displays the message – “Declutter your tabs by separating your social, work, and hobbies into Workspaces” – and a button to create the first workspace in the browser’s Tab Bar.
Add emojis and custom icons for fun and to add a touch of your personality to your Workspaces. You can even rename and rearrange tabs to further personalize and make them easily recognizable.
For those of you who like to pin tabs, Pinned Tabs are currently “per workspace”, i.e., if you pin a tab, it is only pinned in that workspace.
When you delete a workspace, all the tabs within it will close.
Working with Workspaces is lightning fast.
Switching between Workspaces is exceptionally quick. You can combine Workspaces with more of Vivaldi’s powerful features like Keyboard Shortcuts, Mouse Gestures, and Command Chains to navigate your Workspaces smoothly.
You can move tabs between Workspaces by using the context menu or by dragging and dropping them within our recently updated Windows Panel. This panel gives you a complete overview of your tabs in a tree-like structure, making it easy for you to move tabs between windows, Workspaces, and Tab Stacks.
Plus, with search, you can find any elusive tabs you have open, in a flash.
The Workspaces feature is enabled by default, but, as with all things in Vivaldi, the choice is yours. If you prefer, the feature can be turned off in Settings under Tabs > Tab features.
Other additions for you.
Vivaldi Mail – Drag and Drop
Built right into the browser, Vivaldi Mail now gives you the ability to drag and drop mails between folders, in addition to methods of moving mail such as context menus.
You can drag mails to change some state or property. For example, dragging to unread to mark them as such or dragging to a label or flag to apply those elements.
The nature of mail allows for fairly complex combinations, such as mail moved across accounts, from offline to online, or from virtual representations (like “Received”) to custom IMAP folders.
Dive into the excitement of the new Vivaldi, and welcome home.
We hope these new features give you more ways to make the browser more fun to use and more of your own, so you feel right at home.
Get Vivaldi now on Windows, Linux, and macOS. We have also launched Vivaldi’s new version on Android and Chromebooks, today.
We’d love to know your feedback. And we’d also love to see how you use Workspaces and the new look of your browser with Custom Icons in your Vivaldi. Share with us in the comments below!
And wait – there’s more! We’re having a Custom Icon Contest. Design a theme that has icons for Navigation, Panel, and Status Bar and upload it on themes.vivaldi.net for a chance to win exciting prizes! Bonus points for including Mail icons. 🙌 For full details on the contest, head here. Good luck!
More release details are available in the changelog.
Changelog 5.7 to 6.0
[New] Enable Workspaces
[New][Themes][Icons] Allow for icon customisation in themes (VB-90222)
[New][Mail][Drag-and-drop] Allow dragging a mail to a label, flags, or custom folders (VB-56533)
[Address bar] Adding a space in the URL field doesn’t unselect the item (VB-95720)
[Address bar] Cannot hide address field with escape unless the input is focused (VB-67300)
[Address bar] Don’t autocomplete on domains for URLs found in bookmarks (VB-96153)
[Address bar] IDN-Domains are not shown as they should (VB-95111)
[Address bar] Misclassifies URL as search when auto-complete encounters second forward slash (VB-96116)
[Address bar] Run the wrong item when using the search engine nickname (VB-95605)
[Address bar] Search not added to typed history from the dropdown (VB-95284)
[Address bar] The address field is repositioned after loading extension buttons (VB-96098)
[Address bar] Typed history dropdown ignores the first item (VB-95411)
[Address bar] Wrong item when going back to the first item (VB-94960)
[Download] Executable downloads getting stuck (VB-96216)
[Downloads] Intentional download protection bypass breaks downloads when downloading from a private IP address (VB-94568)
[Extensions] Badge is not updated between windows (VB-83875)
[Extensions] Button not hidden when extensions aren’t enabled (VB-96230)
[Extensions] Event missing when opening links in new tabs (VB-94302)
[Languages] Add Catalan (VB-80698)
[Languages] Add Punjabi (VB-82009)
[Linux] Glitchy text on tab titles (VB-89891)
[Linux] “Show Quit Confirmation Dialog” option not bound to Ctrl+Q on Linux (VB-58771)
[macOS] Setting up a Gmail account via the Mail app with Vivaldi as the default browser you get a black window (VB-95984)
[macOS] Window controls overlap toolbar buttons with low UI zoom (VB-96372)
[macOS] Window does not restore to fullscreen after restart (VB-92099)
[macOS][Address bar][Zoom] Size should follow UI zoom (VB-95592)
[macOS][Menus] Show UI toggle in the menu doesn’t update menu state (VB-94067)
[Notifications] Deduplicate identical, similar, and updated notifications (VB-95610)
[Notifications] “You have # new mails” doesn’t open Mail (VB-96386)
[Panels] Width not remembered when narrower than the default (VB-93838)
[Panels] “Windows” panel is still named “Window” (VB-95329)
[Quick Commands] Enabling both “Keep last entered value” and “open on nickname match” makes QC otherwise unusable (VB-94987)
[Quick Commands] First character sometimes gets swallowed with quick typing (VB-96214)
[Search] Change the default search engine to DuckDuckGo for unsupported regions
[Search] Esc hides the search field popup if the text is unconfirmed (VB-92708)
[Sessions] Add command to toggle panel and menu container for session list (VB-96311)
[Sessions] Can’t close “Open session” with Escape key (VB-94780)
[Settings] Add a Setting to “Disable Title Bar”: needs further work (VB-51942)
[Settings] Add option to reset all toolbars (VB-94541)
[Settings] Change the name of “Hide Title Bar when Tabs Are Not on Top” to “Show Title Bar” (VB-96318)
[Settings] Configure Client Hints Brand list [‘Sec-Ch-Ua’ in Network settings or via search]: work in progress (VB-95508)
[Settings] Enable ‘Hide Title Bar when Tabs Are Not on Top’ by Default (VB-96133)
[Settings] Start Page settings scrollbar doesn’t respect the “Use Simple Scrollbars” (VB-94791)
[Settings] Text overlaps in Sec-Ch-Ua (Client Hints) preview (VB-96563)
[Settings] Window controls and Menu misaligned when ‘Tab Bar disabled’ and ‘Hide Title Bar When Tabs Are Not on Top enabled’ (VB-95259)
[Settings][Sec-Ch-Ua] Custom brand masking validation (VB-95508)
[Settings][Themes] Preview background clips through border (VB-94804)
[Speed Dial] Open all bookmarks context menu does not work (VB-95309)
[Speed Dial] Transitions on mail panel auto-toggle (VB-96097)
[Speed Dial] Settings height doesn’t match the view (VB-95131)
[Speed Dial] Thumbnail name not visible when dragging over (VB-90047)
[Tabs] Can not detach tabs or move them between windows (VB-96139)
[Tabs] Can spill out of the viewport if the activated tab is in an accordion (VB-96325)
[Tabs] Close tab does not focus next tab on the right but 2nd next (VB-93784)
[Tabs] Do not change the active tab when tabs from the closed window are moved (VB-94749)
[Tabs][Keyboard] Recently Used does not cycle over all tabs (VB-95229)
[Themes] Setting PNG as background as repeating image doesn’t work (VB-78506)
[Themes] Use a higher resolution image in the Beach theme (VB-95810)
[Toolbar editor] Elements become invisible in the defaults bar (VB-96234)
[Toolbars] Artefacts in Extensions and Zoom control buttons (VB-95125)
[Toolbars] Add confirmation dialog to toolbar reset (VB-95348)
[Toolbars] Editor closes on toolbar clicks (VB-95343)
[Toolbars] Editor has empty defaults when toggling UI (VB-95401)
[UI] The sharing dialog should say Vivaldi and not the ext-id (VB-94741)
[UI][Settings] Increase the height of the main bar, with the “Hide Title Bar when Tabs Are Not on Top” setting (VB-96310)
[Window management] Pinned tabs are not saved when closing the window with Alt+F4 (VB-92921)
[Windows] Menu and window controls misaligned (VB-95112)
[Windows][Downloads] Downloading executables never finishes (VB-96216)
[Windows][Settings] Extra space in maximized view with the hidden toolbar, tabs at the edge, and tabs hidden. (VB-96340)
[Windows][Updates][Installer] Delta updates are not working, resulting in the full installer being fetched on a second check for updates (VB-96225)
[Crash] On opening links from the external app (VB-96321)
[Crash] Opening private window (VB-96576)
[Crash][Mail] Setting up Gmail with Oauth (VB-96169)
[Crash][Profiles] Closing a secondary window after having used the Guest profile once (VB-96419)
[Crash][Profiles] When closing Guest windows (VB-96322)
[Blocker] Clearer ad & tracker blocker state icon(VB-95717)
[Bookmarks][History] Always display full URL (VB-95633)
[Chromium] Upgraded to 112.0.5615.132
[Clock] Default icon doesn’t display time (VB-96549)
[Commands] Add a command for default page zoom (VB-95031)
[Developer Tools] No window controls (VB-96089)
[Drag-and-drop] URI list can not hold multiple URLs and this should be handled (VB-95836)
[Keyboard][Speed dial] Keyboard movement in the speed dial on a subfolder no longer works (VB-82549)
[Performance] Enable Profile-guided optimization by default
[Reader] Upgrade readability (VB-95544)
[Status bar] Missing fragment part of URL (VB-95582)
[Status] Overlay has a transparent background (VB-95573)
[Welcome page] Adjust to new toolbar layout (VB-95691)
Mail, Calendar, and Feeds 1.5
[Calendar] Broken VTIMEZONE data, and some more small issues (VB-95260)
[Calendar] CalDAV multi-get now retries with the smaller batch in case of error (VB-94722)
[Calendar] Can not drag to copy event exception (VB-96118)
[Calendar] Can not invite non-contacts as event participants (VB-95429)
[Calendar] Can not navigate to tasks without time in the tasks list (VB-91642)
[Calendar] Continuation “arrows” look wrong (VB-96297)
[Calendar] Dialog editor input element context menu limited (VB-94496)
[Calendar] Editing a long event shifts the view away from the editor (VB-95280)
[Calendar] Error “Username or URL missing” trying to sync local event (VB-95452)
[Calendar] Event pasted with wrong time (VB-96039)
[Calendar] Include time and location in invitation emails (VB-95459)
[Calendar] Long recurring events do not show in view if the start day is not visible (VB-95262)
[Calendar] No reminder for recurring events if more than one hour before the event (VB-95522)
[Calendar] Occasional error on Start Page (VB-96158)
[Calendar] Reminder for recurring event shows repeatedly (VB-95698)
[Calendar] Setup, space character before “visit our help pages” link (VB-95162)
[Calendar] With multiple accounts using the same username can result in passwords not being retained (VB-96006)
[Calendar][CalDAV] Make sure calendar data is not re-loaded too often from db (VB-94988)
[Calendar][Mail] Consistent margins and change colors for Calendar Invite emails (VB-95607)
[Calendar][Mail] Event invite doesn’t include email signature (VB-95458)
[Calendar][Panels] Tasks panel event icons overlap title (VB-93856)
[Calendar][Settings] Cannot delete Google Calendar (VB-95663)
[Mail] Added commands for moving to/from Archive (VB-91639)
[Mail] Align flexible spacer to panel width in all toolbars (VB-96463)
[Mail] Asks permission to open PDF attachment (VB-96188)
[Mail] Compose the opening in the reading tab (VB-89530)
[Mail] Compose tab contents partly lost on restart (VB-91134)
[Mail] Drag to ‘Archive’ does nothing when the account has no archive folder (VB-96104)
[Mail] Feeds don’t show if no mail accounts are set up (VB-96440)
[Mail] Hide the Reply-To address when it matches the From address (VB-95135)
[Mail] Messages with a Junk flag but not in the actual Spam folder are not shown in All Messages / Junk (VB-94145)
[Mail] Nothing happens when archiving and setting “add archive folder when missing” enabled (VB-96110)
[Mail] Only warn on From/Reply-To mismatches cross origins (VB-95118)
[Mail] Search field not above mail list (VB-96268)
[Mail] Search jumps upon navigating to the mail tab (VB-96344)
[Mail] Sent messages not uploaded to IMAP /Sent (VB-96189)
[Mail] Things break when composing and sending a large message (VB-93168)
[Mail] Toolbar doesn’t show the menu button with the title bar hidden (VB-95977)
[Mail] Upload command stuck in the buffer for Gmail messages (VB-96541)
[Mail][Feeds] Offline accounts and RSS feeds were removed from the panel after the update (VB-96072)
[Mail][Keyboard] ‘g’ key does nothing if returning from an added tab (VB-96174)
[Mail][Panels] Don’t adjust the mail search width with panel on the right side (VB-96412)
[Mail][Pop3] Can not delete mail on server (VB-95654)
[Feeds] Respect encoding when importing OPML (VB-95568)