What is an Extension?

An extension is a small software program that can be installed to give added functionality to the Vivaldi browser. Extensions allow you to further customise and enhance your usage of the browser and range from social media tools to privacy-related features such as ad-blocking.


Extensions in Vivaldi

Although Vivaldi aims to provide as much built-in functionality as possible, many users further fine tune the browsing experience using extensions.

Because Vivaldi is built using the Chromium web browser project, extensions available in the Chrome Web Store can also be installed in Vivaldi. In some instances, extensions built for the Chrome browser will behave differently when installed in Vivaldi, but for the most part your favourite Chrome extensions will work just fine in Vivaldi.

If an extension does not work as expected, please let us know by emailing the Vivaldi support team using the contact form on our website. Contacting the extension developers can help as well.


Installing an Extension in Vivaldi:

  1. Browse to the Chrome Web Store;
  2. Select the Extensions category;
  3. Search for desired extension;
  4. Click Add to Chrome to install the extension in Vivaldi.

Allowing third-party extensions to control the Start Page

To have a custom Start Page page using an extension:

  1. Open Vivaldi Settings;
  2. Go to Tabs > New Tab Page;
  3. Tick the Controlled by Extension checkbox.

Managing Extensions

The Extensions page gives an overview of the extensions currently installed, the ability to disable or delete extensions, and adjust extension-specific settings.

Accessing the Extensions page

  1. Open the Vivaldi menu button Vivaldi Menu (on Windows and Linux);
  2. Go the Tools menu;
  3. Select Extensions.

The Extensions page can also be accessed by:


Hiding Extension Buttons in Address Bar

To hide an Extension button from the Address Bar open the context menu with a right click on the Extension button and select Hide Button. Use the Extensions toggle button Toggle extensions button to show or hide the hidden extensions. Hidden extensions have a slightly different background colour. To permanently show the button again, right click on the extension and select Show Button.

Extension on the Address Bar


Reordering Extensions in the Address Bar

Enabled extensions often display a button in the Address Bar. You can reorder these buttons by holding down the Shift key and  dragging and dropping them directly in the Address Bar.

Reorder extensions in Vivaldi

 


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