The main side Panel of Vivaldi gives you quick access to a number of important tools in Vivaldi, including: DownloadsBookmarksNotes and Web Panels. Clicking into any of these tools will expand the side bar and allow you to view and interact with them in a split screen with your main browser window.

How to display Panels

By default Panels are located on the left side of any of your Vivaldi window. To expand and display them, click the Show Panel button on the left side of the Status Bar as shown below. This can also be done using the default Keyboard Shortcut F4 / ⌥⌘ P.

Show Panel icon in Status Bar

Customising the Panel

To customise the Panel, navigate to Settings > Panel. Here you can change settings such as:

  • Panel Position. Choose to have the Panel display on the left or right side of the browser window. For example, the screenshot below shows a Panel displayed on the right side of the window.
  • Show/Hide Panel Toggle to allow the small toggle on the side of the window to display (or not).
  • Notes Panel behavior. Choose whether or not to open the Panel automatically when creating a new Note, or automatically fetch a screenshot of the current page.

Panel displaying on the right side of Vivaldi window

Floating panel

The Floating Panel option allows the panels to overlay the open website. By default, opening and closing panels will resize the website to make space for the panel.  To enable the Floating Panel go to Settings > Panel > Panel Options.

In addition, you can enable Auto-close Floating panel.
With this switched on, the panel will close when the mouse is moved away from the panel area.

Separate width

Some panels need more space than others. To have panels with separate width:

  1. Right click on the web panel’s icon,
  2. select separate width and
  3. drag the panel to preferred size.