Power user Popogami Po picks up Vivaldi for keyboard-only browsing and more.

In this user profile, we meet Japanese engineer, popogamy night One who loves efficiency and finds new ways to streamline his life. They started using Vivaldi in 2020 and have found many ways to get the most out of browsing, with the least number of clicks.

Why did you start making Vivaldi your primary browser?

I need a browser that can hibernate tabs and save sessions. Vivaldi has this built-in, so I decided to use it as my main browser. While similar things can be achieved in Chrome, it requires an extension that eats up memory. Having built-in functionality is the better option for me.

We hear you hate rats. What is this about?

I almost never touch the mouse! When I started working as an engineer, I used a mouse like most people. But over time my shoulders started hurting more. Also, working with a mouse was not efficient enough for me. For example, I didn’t like that closing the browser took three actions: reaching for my mouse, moving the mouse pointer over the “x” button, and clicking. As soon as I think about doing it, I want to close it in a trick. And, since my hands are usually on the keyboard anyway, using keyboard shortcuts was the answer. Now I use a lot of them to browse without leaving the keyboard.

By the way, I also use a different type of keyboard, the Ultimate Hacking Keyboard (Ultimate Gadget Laboratories). This is also a great help, as the keyboard has a “mouse key”, so I can operate the mouse from the keyboard when the mouse is unavoidable.. so I very rarely have to touch a traditional mouse.

A combo of keyboard shortcuts and mouse keys on Popogami Po’s keyboard lets him browse and work without touching the mouse.

What is a feature that you use a lot?

Tab Tiling. I write and review a lot of code for work. The ability to tile tabs side by side allows me to view and work on the code as needed. Or if I’m in a web conference and want to do some additional research on the topic, I can do it without losing focus.

Tab tiling lets Popogamy Po work more efficiently – no more switching back and forth between tabs.

How have you customized the browser?

When you open a webpage in My Vivaldi, the first thing you’ll notice is how my address bar and tab bar are arranged.

I’ve kept the tab bar at the top, but I’ve moved the address bar to the left of my tabs and hid the search bar, as I search with keyboard shortcuts of course. This layout keeps my Vivaldi interface nice and clean, with only one line at the top. But I also used a mod from the Vivaldi forum, so I could have more than one row of tabs. (I know scrollable tabs are also an option, but this worked better for me.)

Popogami Po likes its Vivaldi browser compact and streamlined, with a tab bar next to the address bar.

How about themes?

I tweak the color scheme to my liking – it often changes according to my mood. I take a shared theme from the Vivaldi community and then try to make my own Mercury-style paint.

What is one Vivaldi trait you can’t live without?

Given my keyboard-only operation the command chain is heavily used. One I use often was one of the Japanese winners of the Command Chain competition in September 2021. It is a straight chain that moves a tab in three places.

I already specified Alt+J and Alt+K for shortcut keys that move tabs left and right, but I found a regular need to move them three spaces forward. Sure I can just press the Alt+J/K keys three times, but that’s a hassle and less efficient. Using the command chain feature, it was easy to set up a custom action, so I could hit the shortcut once instead of three times.

I’m very particular about moving tabs because I often use “hibernate background tabs” and “save selected tabs as session” with selected tabs. That’s why I like to group the tabs together before selecting them.

The ability to hibernate tabs — and reduce memory usage — is one of the biggest reasons I’ve become a Vivaldi fan.

Tell us more about how you use Sessions.

I have used another mod from the forum to add a panel that displays a session list from the side panel.

When it comes to saving session, I use command chain. If I have selected tabs, it saves them as sessions. If no tab is selected, it saves all tabs. It has also been optimized so that the session name is overwritten with the same session name.

This comes in handy, for example, when I open a session that I saved yesterday’s work, add to it, and want to save the web pages I opened with the same name. Normally if you enter the same session name, you append a string like “(2)” to the end of the name. But this customization allows me to overwrite the name with the same session name and keep my session panel clean.

Popogami Po selects multiple tabs to be saved as a session, which he can access from his Custom Sessions panel.

Any other time saving tips?

OK, I’ve added a prefix to my bookmark names to extend the use of the quick command. For example, I added the prefix “lab” to all my GitLab bookmarks. If I open a quick command and type “lab”, I get a list of all my “gitlab” related webpages.

The Bookmark Prefix and Quick Commands help you find the webpage you want more quickly.

And you’ve found a way to avoid too much distraction on Twitter?

I love posting on Twitter, but I found myself too disconnected from my timeline. I created a command chain with some JavaScript to open a window that goes directly to the Twitter post field. Then I can share timely tweets without the endless flow of tweets getting in the way of my work. Some may find this niche, but by addressing such details, I have increased my overall efficiency. You can find JavaScript on this forum post.

The secret to Popogami Po being active on Twitter without being affected by his timeline – a post-only window.

Any advice for new Vivaldi users?

I’ve actually customized my Vivaldi browser, but it didn’t happen overnight – and I’m always looking for new ways to tweak it even more. For a more efficient workflow, it has been well worth my time.

Keyboard shortcuts are a good place to start. Vivaldi already provided basic commands for shortcuts. It has enough functionality by default, so you can use it comfortably. And, if you need more, you can easily set them up yourself and yourself by going to Settings > Keyboard. Once you see how much time they can save, they can become habit-forming.

Vivaldi is updated frequently, new features are added more and more, so there is always something new to discover. I wonder if it even makes sense for me to use another browser now.

Many thanks to the IT author and Vivaldi user tomonori yanagiya for his excellent original japanese blog post About Popogami Po

We know a lot of you have customized your Vivaldi browser, so feel free to show and tell – or link to forum posts – in the comments. Or, offer tips for newbies just getting started with adopting Vivaldi.

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