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How to use Vivaldi's Page Actions feature for a better browsing experience

Vivaldi contains a feature that other browsers require numerous extensions to match. Page Actions is an option you will quickly grow dependent on. Here's why.

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Vivaldi is a browser that, despite having some seriously impressive features, doesn't get enough attention. It's speedy, reliable, highly configurable, and offers built-in features that most browsers require plugins to achieve—all of this without feeling bloated.

One feature that gets even less attention is the Page Actions. This particular addition to Vivaldi provides page-specific actions, which can, with a quick click or two, be enabled or disabled, and are applied on a per-tab basis. Say, for instance, you open up a tab that inundates you with advertisements. You can quickly block those ads on that tab, through the Page Actions feature.

Possible Page Actions include:

  • CSS Debugger
  • Transitions Forced
  • Transitions Removed
  • Transform 3D
  • Fonts Monospace
  • Reader View
  • Filter Sepia
  • Filter Intensify
  • Highlight Focus
  • Filter Invert
  • Skewed Images
  • Content Blocker
  • Filter Black and White
  • Filter Obscure
  • Highlight Hover
  • Filter Grayscale

You can apply more than one action to a single tab, finding combinations that perfectly suit your needs. Obviously, some of these actions will be more useful than others. Some actions might even be more useful than you might have expected. For example, the Filter Obscure action is a great way to hide sensitive data without having to close a tab or shift to a new tab. What this action does is blur the page beyond readability, so long as your cursor isn't on the page. The page is still there, just blurred to the point where no one can see it (Figure A).

Figure A

Figure A

Filter Obscure in action.

If you hover your mouse over the obscured page, it will refocus so you can read it. Move your mouse away, and the page will, once again, blur. This action will blur everything within that tab, so you can navigate to other pages, move your mouse from the tab, and the new page will blur (so long as it remains within the obscured domain).

Usage

Using Vivaldi Page Actions is actually quite simple. At the bottom of the browser window, you'll see a row of icons, one of which looks like <> (Figure B).

Figure B

Figure B

The Page Actions button.

Click on that button to reveal a popup of all the available Page Actions (Figure C). Once you enable an action, the button will shift from gray to blue (to indicate and action is enabled).

Figure C

Figure C

The Page Actions pop-up.

Click an action to enable it for the current tab. Any action that has been enabled for the current tab will be checked. Move over to another tab and whatever actions you've enabled for that tab will be checked. Done with a particular action on a tab? Click the Page Actions button and click that action to disable. Do note, that if you go to a different URL within that same tab, the actions will apply to the new site.

The one caveat to using Page Actions is that, when you close a tab, all applied actions will be removed when you browse back to that domain (because actions are applied to a tab, not a domain).

One handy feature

If you tend to prefer some pages be treated (rendered) differently than others, Vivaldi Page Actions is an incredibly handy feature to have available. Once you start making use of these actions, you'll be hard-pressed to leave them behind. Give Vivaldi (and its Page Actions) a try and see if you don't find yourself depending upon something you never knew you needed.

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About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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