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article imageVivaldi gets power user tab features in dedicated 'Window Panel'

By James Walker     Nov 22, 2017 in Technology
Vivaldi's announced its latest browser update which this time targets tab power users with a set of new features. The Window Panel lets you manage tabs in a dedicated sidebar, offering a way to navigate through open tabs and recently-closed windows.
Power panels
The Window Panel joins Vivadi's existing sidebar panels in the browser's dock area. When you expand the pane, you're shown a tree-style overview of all your open tabs. There's a per-window list of open tabs, visibility into tab stacks and the option to re-open recently closed browser windows.
Vivaldi 1.13
Vivaldi 1.13
The panel's aimed at heavy tab users who frequently work with multiple sites. It's a more efficient way to sort, rearrange and order tabs than if you use the tab strip alone. With the Window Panel, you can disable the tab strip altogether to expand your vertical viewing area. A combination of keyboard shortcuts and Window Panel commands can then be used to manage your open tabs.
The Vivaldi team's also addressed several community requests around the Downloads panel. Vivaldi now displays downloads similarly to other browsers, exposing important details including the download speed. You can pause downloads and get a warning before closing the window when a download's active.
Performance enhancements
In addition, Vivaldi's improved several internal areas of the code base with a view to easing the path towards future features. A set of under-the-hood enhancements are intended to modernise the codebase, make it easier to integrate new capabilities and improve performance. The latter benefit should be particularly evident on older hardware and machines with slower processors.
Several other smaller changes include improvements to the settings panel, fixes for some bookmarking issues and the use of Bing instead of Yahoo as the default search engine. Vivaldi said the new features help maintain the team's vision of creating a browser that's "a powerful tool."
Vivaldi 1.13
Vivaldi 1.13
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"When we started building Vivaldi, we wanted to do it on our terms and for our users. Vivaldi isn't like any other browser. It is a powerful tool that gives you more control with every release," said Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner. "Our endless customization options and a wealth of features have something for every user. Vivaldi 1.13 is ready – this time with superior tab management."
Vivaldi's gaining momentum as a modern alternative to browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that offers improved customisation and greater privacy. Development's ongoing on the browser's next set of features, including its anticipated cross-device syncing capabilities.
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