In Vivaldi, you are in control of tabs from the word go. This article lists important options that determine how your tabs behave.

Cycling tabs

To cycle through your open Tabs, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl Tab and Ctrl Shift Tab to move in the opposite direction.
In Settings > Tabs > Tab Features > Tab Cycling, you can decide whether:

  • Tabs are cycled in recently used or in tab order;
  • A preview of the open Tabs is shown or you’re taken directly to the next tab.

In case you’ve enabled Show Tab Cycler, you can decide whether to show tab previews as thumbnails side by side or in a list (as in the image below).

Tab cycling - list view

Switching Tabs

Probably the most common way to switch between Tabs is to just click on a Tab you want to view on the Tab Bar or in the Window Panel, but there are a couple of other options that can come in handy.

Switch Tabs using mouse scroll

When the mouse is hovering over the Tab Bar or while you’re holding down the ALT key, you can switch Tabs by scrolling. This feature can be enabled in Settings > Tabs > Tab Cycler > Switch Tabs by Scrolling.

Switch Tabs using keyboard shortcuts

In addition to using Tab Cycler keyboard shortcuts you can move to next tab with Ctrl Page↑ / Shift  ⌘  ] and to the previous tab with Ctrl Page↓ / Shift ⌘ [.

On Windows and Linux the first 9 Tabs in the Window menu are numbered for quick tab-switching. Press Alt  W to access the menu, and type the number of the tab you want to switch to.

Minimize Tabs

Furthermore, when you enable Active Tab minimizing in Settings > Tabs > Tab Cycler > Minimize Active Tab, you can move to the previous active tab by clicking on the current Active Tab.

Moving Tabs

Tab’s location on the tab bar or in the Window Panel‘s list can be changed by dragging them to the preferred location. The same can be done with multiple Tabs, when the Tabs are selected using either the Ctrl/⌘ or Shift key.

Active Tab’s location can also be changed by using the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • On Windows and Linux: Ctrl Shift Page↑/Page↓
  • On macOS: ⌘ ⇧ ↑/↓

Read about moving Tabs between windows on our Help Page about Windows.

Hibernating Tabs

Hibernating Tabs helps you to reduce the browser’s memory usage. To hibernate a tab or a Tab Stack, right-click on it in the Tab Bar and select whether you want to:

  • Hibernate a single tab (can’t be the active tab);
  • A Tab Stack, or
  • Background Tabs.

To hibernate Tabs in the Window Panel, right-click on:

  • A single tab (can’t be the active tab);
  • Tab Stack or
  • Select multiple Tabs with Shift or Ctrl/⌘ keys to hibernate them.

When you have enabled Dim Icon when Hibernated in Settings > Tabs > Tab Display you can easily see which Tabs and Tab Stacks are currently hibernating.

Dimmed icons of Hibernated Tabs

Lazy Loading

When opening the browser with your previous session or a Saved Session, lazy loading opens the background tabs of the session in a hibernated state to save resources. To enable it, go to Settings > General > Startup with and tick the box for Lazy Load Restored Tabs.  If you don’t want Pinned Tabs to hibernate, tick the box also for Always Load Pinned Tabs.

Cloning Tabs

To create an exact copy of a tab including its history, choose Clone Tab from the tab’s contextual menu. Alternatively, click on Reload button Reload current page on the Address Bar with a middle mouse button to clone the active tab.

In Settings > Tabs > Cloned Tab Position you can decide whether the cloned tab should open next to the original one, or as the last tab.

Muting Tabs

Tab playing audio

To mute a tab:

  • Click on the speaker icon on the tab, when the tab is currently playing audio;
  • Right click on the tab and select Mute Tab;
  • To mute all background tabs when active tab is playing audio, right click on a tab and select Mute Other Tabs.
  • Type Mute Tab in Quick Commands
  • Set a Keyboard Shortcut of a Mouse gesture for the action.

Tabs can also be unmuted using the options listed above.

Muting one tab will not automatically mute the sound in other tabs of the same website.

In Settings > Tabs > Tab Features > Mute Tab Audio, you can decide whether:

  • All audio is always played in all Tabs;
  • Audio will only play in the Active Tab;
  • Audio can play in a Background Tab but will be muted if you play something in the Active Tab.


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