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 devs 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

Allow third-party extensions to control the New Tab page

  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.

Access the Extensions page:
  1. Open the Tools menu
  2. Select Extensions from the dropdown

The Extensions page can also be accessed using

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 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 color. To permanently show the button again, right click on the extension and select Show Button.

Extensions visibility toggle in address bar

Reorder 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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