The Address Bar is one of the most important and frequently used elements in your browser.  Continue reading to learn more about:

What’s on the Address Bar?

History back and forward

“Long-click” or right-click on either of the history navigation buttons to bring up the sub-menu, then Shift or Ctrl + click or middle mouse button click on an entry to open it in a new tab.

Learn more about History on the Help Page about Vivaldi’s History feature.

Fast Forward and Rewind

Jump back or forward several pages at a time.

Learn more about the feature on the Help Page about Fast Forward and Rewind.

Reload / Stop loading current page


To reload the same webpage you’re on:

  • click the circular arrow on the Address Bar;
  • use the Keyboard Shortcuts F5 or Ctrl R / ⌘ R;
  • use a Mouse Gesture for Reload Page – while holding down the right mouse button drag the mouse up and down.
  • Type “Reload Page” in Quick Commands.

To stop a page from finishing loading:


The homepage can be either the Start Page or a specific webpage. You change the homepage in Settings > Startup > Homepage. 

Address field

Site info

You can tell from the icon on the left side of the Address Field whether a site is Secure (padlock icon) or Not secure (globe icon).

Clicking on the icon will open a menu with additional site settings for Cookies, Notifications, Certificates, etc. 

Start dragging from the Site Info button to your desktop or file folder, to create a webpage shortcut.

Typed history

View recently used search terms and typed links. During a search, the drop-down will show related results from Frequently Visited Pages, Typed History,  Bookmarks, and History. Availability and displayed categories can be changed in Settings > Address Bar > Address Field Drop-Down Menu.

Reader view

To concentrate on the main content of the web page and hide all distractions, switch to reader mode.

Learn more about the feature on the Help Page about Reader View.

Add active page to Bookmarks

Add webpages to bookmarks to find them easily later.

Learn more about the feature on the Help Page about Bookmarks.

Search field

Click on the magnifying glass to switch the search engine. Click on the arrow on the right to view search history.

Learn more about the feature on the Help Page about Search.


Vivaldi has countless features which make the use of many extensions redundant. But there are still a ton of extensions which can take browsing to another level.

Learn more about the feature on the Help Page about Extensions.

Address Bar location

You can choose to display the Address Bar at the top or bottom of the browser window. You can select this in Settings > Address Bar > Address Bar Position.

Show / Hide Address Bar

To toggle the Address Bar visibility go to Settings > Address Bar. Alternatively, type “Address Bar” in Quick Commands or set a Keyboard Shortcut or Mouse gesture for the action in Settings.

Customise the Address Bar

All buttons on the Address Bar can be removed by right-clicking on the button > Customize > Remove From Toolbar. To hide the Search field go to Settings > Search and uncheck the box for Show Search Field in Address Bar.

To reset the changes right-click on a button > Customize > Reset Toolbar to Default. In case you’ve removed all of the buttons, go to Settings > Appearance > Window Appearance > Toolbar Customization > Reset Navigation Toolbar.


Further reading

A guide to the Address Field drop-down


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