Vivaldi Browser 4.1 introduces Accordion Tabs and Automation
Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi Browser 4.1 Stable on July 28, 2021. The new version of the Vivaldi Browser is the first major version of the web browser after the release of Vivaldi 4.0, which introduced beta versions of a mail client, feed reader and calendar among other improvements.
Vivaldi 4.1 is already available and it is distributed automatically using the built-in updating functionality. Desktop users may select Vivaldi Menu > Help > Check for updates to run a manual check and get the new version downloaded and installed right away; the automatic distribution may take longer.
Ashwin reviewed Accordion Tabs recently already in a snapshot release of Vivaldi.
The new browser version introduces a third Tab Stacking option. Vivaldi introduced support for tab stacks in the first release version of the browser and for two-level stacks in version 3.6.
Compact displays a small bar on top of the tab that reveals if multiple tabs are stacked. Two-Level adds another tabs toolbar that lists all available tabs of a stack when selected.
The new Accordion tab stacking feature introduces yet another option. It adds a small icon to the right of tabs with stacks. The default behavior expands the selection automatically when a stacked tab is selected, but this can be disabled in the options; if that is the case, users need to click on the tab to expand the selection of tabs that it holds.
Accordion Tabs work similarly to Chromium's Tab Grouping feature. It uses a single toolbar and allows users to expand or retract tab groups in that toolbar to display all included tabs or make room for other tabs.
The new tab stacking option is not enabled by default. Open the Preferences and go to Tabs > Tab Stacking to enable it.
Vivaldi 4.1 supports command chains, an option to automate multiple actions in the browser using a single command. Command Chains need to be set up before they become available.
Command Chains may be used to open multiple webpages with a single command, or you may combine that with the creation of a new tab stack, or open a site in fullscreen and Reader Mode whenever you execute a command.
New chains can be configured in the Preferences under Quick Commands > Command Chains. You may assign keyboard shortcuts or mouse gestures to execute them with the shortcut or the gesture. Since Vivaldi's menus are fully customizable, you may also add command chains to one of the menus.
Vivaldi 4.1 introduces silent updates on Windows to improve the updating behavior. You may disable the new behavior under Preferences > General > Updates > Show Update Settings > Automatically download and install updates.
Vivaldi's Reader Mode displays articles in a distraction-free reading environment. The tool displays an estimated reading length now when you open it.
Now You: Have you tried the new Vivaldi features? What is your take on them?