The Vivaldi browser lets you search the web any way you like. Here’s how.

Search in the Address Field

  1. Go to Settings> Search and make sure Show Search Field in Address Bar box is checked.
  2. Type the search term in the Address Field and press Enter.
  3. Vivaldi will display the search results using the default search engine.

Search bar

Search Field

Another option is to search the web using the Search Field on the Address Bar.

  1. Go to Settings > Search and make sure the Show Search Field in Address Bar is checked.
  2. Type the search term in the Search Field on the Address Bar.

The size of the search field on the Address Bar can be changed by placing the mouse cursor between the Address and Search fields and dragging the mouse in preferred direction.

To display the active Search Engine’s favicon instead of the magnifying glass, enable it in Settings > Search > Show Search Engine Icon.

Search on the Speed Dial

  1. To search on the Start Page, go to Settings > Search and make sure the Show Search Field on Speed Dial is checked.
  2. Type the search term in the Search Field on the Speed Dial.

Searching in a New Tab

You can have your search results open in a new Tab, instead of the current one when you search in the Search Field. This feature could be particularly useful if you’re doing research or need to look up multiple search terms at once.

To enable it, go to Settings > Search and tick the box for Always Search in New Tab.
Search settings

Alternatively, type the search term in the Address or Search Field and press ALT + Enter to open the results in a new tab.

Page selection search

Instead of copying and pasting a search term from a web page to the Address or Search Field, right click on the highlighted text > hover over Search With > select a Search engine. To open the search results in a new background tab, go to Settings > Search and tick the box for Page Selection Search in Background (see the image above).

Search Suggestions

Among other options in Settings > Search you can also decide whether to enable search suggestions in the Address and Search fields.  When enabled, you’ll get search suggestions as soon as you start typing in a search query. It’s a convenient feature, but has privacy implications. You can read more on our Team Blog.

Available Search Engines

Vivaldi has several search engines available by default.

  • Bing – for searching the web via Microsoft Bing.
  • Yahoo – for searching the web via Yahoo.
  • StartPage – a private way to search Google.
  • DuckDuckGo – a search engine that doesn’t track users.
  • Ecosia – a search engine that plants trees.
  • Wikipedia – for searching the Wikipedia free online encyclopedia.
  • Google – for searching the web via Google.
  • Qwant – a search engine that respects your privacy.

You can set as default any of the search engines listed in Settings. To do this, select one of them and check Set as Default Search Engine. You can also change the order of search engines by dragging them or using the up and down arrows.

To make your private browsing more private, you can set a different default search engine for the Private Window. To do this, select one of the search engines and check Set as Private Search.

Some search engines (such as Startpage) allow users to use the POST method for search. The combination of POST and no-redirects (another feature of Startpage), ensures that websites won’t know the search terms you use to find their site, nor will your search terms be stored in your local history. If you have enabled Use POST method, but search doesn’t come up with any results, this means that the search engine of your choice doesn’t support the POST method. If you still want to use this search engine, you should disable Use POST method.

Local versions may include local search engines not listed in this article.

Switching Between Search Engines

  1. Click the magnifying glass button in the Search Field.
  2. Select a search engine you would like to use from the drop-down menu.

Selecting a search engine in Address bar

Search Engine Nicknames

Using Search Engine Nicknames, you can quickly switch between one search engine to another just by typing the nickname at the front of your search term.

  1. Get to know the default search engine nicknames in Settings > Search.
  2. Start the search with the search engine nickname, followed by Space.  For instance, the search term “s Vivaldi browser” will search for “Vivaldi browser” via StartPage.

You can change the default search engine nickname to anything you like.

  1. Click on the search engine you would like to assign a new nickname to.
  2. Enter the new nickname in the nickname field.

Adding a New Search Engine

Vivaldi lets you add your preferred search engines in a few simple steps.

Method 1

  1. Go to the page you want to add.
  2. Right click on the search field of the page and select Add as Search Engine.Using the context menu to add a new search engine
  3. If you wish, add a nickname and make the new Search Engine your Default Search.
    Adding additional information to a search engine before saving it as a new search engine.
  4. Click Add.

Method 2

    1. Do a search on the website you want to add as a search engine.
    2. Copy the URL of the search results page.
    3. Go to Vivaldi Browser Settings > Search.
    4. Under Search Engines, click on the + icon (Add Search Engine) to add a new search engine.
    5. Paste the link to the URL field and substitute the search term with %s
    6. Enter a Description (name) and a Nickname for the Search Engine.
    7. Click Save.

Adding a new search engine in Settings


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