The Vivaldi browser lets you search the web any way you like. Here’s how.
- Search in the Address Field
- Search Field
- Searching in a New Tab
- Search Suggestions
- Available Search Engines
- Private Search
- Switching Between Search Engines
- Search Engine Nicknames
- Adding a New Search Engine
Search in the Address Field
- Go to Settings / Preferences > Search and make sure Show Search Field in Address Bar box is checked.
- Type the search term in the Address Field and press Enter.
- Vivaldi will display the search results using the default search engine.
You can also search the web using the Search Field in the Address Bar.
- Go to Settings / Preferences > Search and make sure the Show Search Field in Address Bar box is checked.
- Type the search term in the Search Field in the Address Bar.
The size of the search field can be changed by placing the mouse cursor between the Address and Search fields and dragging the mouse in preferred direction.
Searching in a New Tab
You can have your search results open in a new tab, instead of the current one. This feature could be particularly useful if you’re doing research or need to look up multiple search terms at once.
- Go to Settings / Preferences > Search and check the Always Search in New Tab box.
- Type the search term in the Address Field or in the Search Field and press ALT+Enter.
- Vivaldi will open a new tab and display search results there.
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”. You can read more about private search on the Vivaldi Blog.
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
- Click the magnifying glass button in the Search Field.
- Select a search engine you would like to use from the drop-down menu.
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.
- Get to know the default search engine nicknames in Settings / Preferences > Search.
- 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.
- Click on the search engine you would like to assign a new nickname to.
- 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.
- Go to the page you want to add for example hackernews
- Right click on the search field of the page and select “Add as Search Engine“
- Go to Vivaldi Browser Settings > Preferences > Search.
- Under Search Engines, click on the + icon (Add Search Engine) to add a new search engine.
- Enter the new search engine URL, for example https://hn.algolia.com/ adding ?query=%s at the end, so that the URL looks like this: https://hn.algolia.com/?query=%s.
- Enter a Description (name) and a Nickname for the Search Engine.
- Click Save.