7 Ways the Vilvaldi Browser Helps Students Get Better Grades

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The Vivaldi browser is a lesser-known browser than Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, but it’s more feature-filled than you might imagine. Because of this, the Vivaldi browser has a unique set of features that make it perfect for students. You may not think a browser can make a difference. But students have unique needs that the Vivaldi browser serves well. Let’s look at a few ways the Vivaldi browser can help you become a better student. 1. Bookmark Folders for Organizing Classes When you’re carrying a full load of classes each semester, keeping everything organized can get pretty crazy. Add…

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The Vivaldi browser is a lesser-known browser than Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, but it’s more feature-filled than you might imagine. Because of this, the Vivaldi browser has a unique set of features that make it perfect for students.

You may not think a browser can make a difference. But students have unique needs that the Vivaldi browser serves well.

Let’s look at a few ways the Vivaldi browser can help you become a better student.

1. Bookmark Folders for Organizing Classes

When you’re carrying a full load of classes each semester, keeping everything organized can get pretty crazy.

Add on top of that all the social clubs and organizations you’re a part of, and just life in general, keeping track of things gets near impossible.

Vivaldi comes to the rescue with how well it lets you organize bookmarks. A good bookmark organization feature should be part of every browser.

vivaldi browser bookmarks

You can tap the bookmarks icon in the panel, keeping all your bookmarks right at your fingertips.

What makes Vivaldi unique is that in this panel you can quickly create new folders to organize information. For example, create a “History Class” folder to keep all your class info, research material, and everything else related to that class.

vivaldi browser bookmark name

If you tick the Speed Dial box when you create a folder, it becomes part of the Speed Dial group.

This means when you open a new tab, you’ve got that group of bookmarks available, just a click away.

vivaldi speed dial folder

No more hunting and searching for bookmarks or URLs you jotted down somewhere. Vivaldi can become the central location where you collect tens or even hundreds of links without any of them getting lost in the mix.

When you’re taking half a dozen classes, this kind of organization is critical.

2. Store and Organize Notes and Files

Of course, not everything to do with your classes is going to be just saving URLs.

You’re going to have class notes, files, and screenshots that go into the mix as well. Vivaldi even helps with collecting these in an organized way.

You’ll find a Notes icon in the panel. This area lets you take and organize all sorts of notes, and sort them into individual folders.

vivaldi notes

What’s unique about Vivaldi over other browsers is that it has a built-in screenshot feature. This lets you take screenshots of the entire browser window or any section of the window.

The notes area has this feature integrated into it. Just tap on the camera icon or the cross-hairs icon to enable taking a screenshot. You can attach those to your notes.

taking a screenshot with vivaldi

At the start of any class, taking notes and storing files doesn’t seem too difficult. But halfway through a semester, you’ll be thankful you’ve got everything organized into specific folders dedicated to those classes.

Not only does this help you keep things from getting out of control, but it also lets you easily delete or archive things once those classes are done.

3. Keep Social Media on the Side

It’s far too easy for social media addiction to consume too much of your schedule. Of course, casting off social apps isn’t realistic for most people.

Vivaldi lets you add social media tabs to the panel. This becomes a hovering sidebar where you can quickly check your social feeds.

vivaldi social sidebar

Then you can close it again so you can get back to studying for your classes.

The fact that the social site doesn’t open in a whole other tab makes it a bit less distracting.

4. Conduct Research on the Side

A key to being a successful student is the ability to multitask. The last thing you want to do is have to switch across entire tabs every time you want to quickly do some research while you’re taking class notes.

Vivaldi’s panel once again comes to the rescue. By adding Google (or any other research site you like) to the panel, you can open the panel and search for information without closing your current tab.

vivaldi research

Using something like Evernote or any other web based note taking tool lets you take notes in the main window while doing research in the panel.

The more you can do in one window, the more productive you’ll be as a student.

5. Stack Tabs to Improve Productivity

Speaking of productivity, if you’ve never used stacked tabs before, this feature is going to change your browsing experience.

If you’re the kind of person that always has a bunch of tabs open at once, Vivaldi lets you save space by sliding one tab over another and stacking them. When you click on a stack, it drops down the stacked tabs to choose from.

vivaldi stacked tabs

Using this feature, you can stack tabs related the similar tasks. This way, you can have a lot of activities going on at once in a much smaller space.

Stack tabs related to research for one class, stack other tabs for your spring break planning, and still other tabs for your group work. In the space of three normal tabs, you can store and organize dozens of tabs.

6. Use Dark Themes to Study in Dark Places

As a student, you’re going to find yourself studying in all kinds of environments. It might be after-hours in a dark student lounge. Or it could be sitting outside under a tree after the sun has gone down.

In dark environments, the last thing you want is to stare at a blaring white screen. Vivaldi lets you easily switch to a dark theme by clicking on the Settings icon and clicking on Themes.

vivaldi dark themes

There are several dark themes to choose from. All of them will be much easier on your eyes in low-light environments. So pack your laptop wherever you go, and don’t worry about hurting your eyes while you’re trying to study.

7. Sync Vivaldi From All Devices

One common thing for most students is that you rarely do all your work on just one device. You might have a laptop for when you’re doing school work on the go. Then, a desktop back at your dorm room.

The last thing you want is to have saved bookmarks and notes on one device and working on a different computer where you also need them.

When you download the Vivaldi browser for the first time, you can sign up for a free Vivaldi account with any email address you like. Doing this lets you sync bookmarks and tabs, browser settings, passwords, and all your notes.

vivaldi sync

As a student, syncing is really important. It keeps important class notes, schedules, and research material within reach at a moments notice. This will let you do your work from anywhere and at any time, without having to struggle.

The last thing you want to deal with when you’re trying to get good grades is hunting around for your materials.

Your Browser Can Make You a Better Student

Today, most classes you take will have everything available online. From the syllabus and coursework to grades and lessons, you’ll use your browser for everything.

By using the Vivaldi browser, you’ll be able to enhance and boost your success as a student. If you want to improve your time as a student you should consider buying a second or third inexpensive student computer. It’s a good way to make sure you have the tools you need to do your work without any limitations.

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5 Google Chrome Alternatives for a Better Browser on Desktop or Mobile

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When Google Chrome turned 10 years old, it launched a new version of its browser, Chrome 69. While there are some cool new features, it also added a bit of a privacy issue by automatically signing you into Chrome when you use a Google account on any site. It might be time to look beyond Chrome… Right now, Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, on both desktop and mobile. But even after 10 years, it has its share of problems. Chrome still hogs a lot of memory and resources, it continues to be a privacy nightmare, and…

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When Google Chrome turned 10 years old, it launched a new version of its browser, Chrome 69. While there are some cool new features, it also added a bit of a privacy issue by automatically signing you into Chrome when you use a Google account on any site. It might be time to look beyond Chrome…

Right now, Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, on both desktop and mobile. But even after 10 years, it has its share of problems. Chrome still hogs a lot of memory and resources, it continues to be a privacy nightmare, and there are other issues because of which you should seriously think it’s time to break up with Google Chrome.

So which browser should you consider as a good alternative for Chrome? Here are some of your latest and greatest options.

Vivaldi 2.0 (Windows, macOS, Linux): New and Improved, With Chrome Extensions

Vivaldi, made by one of the co-founders of Opera, has gained a lot of supporters since it launched in 2016. The company has now released a major update, Vivaldi 2.0, with a bunch of new features that should be enough reasons to switch to Vivaldi.

The biggest improvement is in tab management, the bane of the modern browser. Vivaldi now lets you have a vertical tab bar, shift the address bar to the bottom, and customize every part of the look and feel of the browser. There’s even a split-screen view now to look at two tabs side-by-side, while the famous Vivaldi sidebar can now float anywhere on the screen. And it still works with all of Chrome’s extensions.

Vivaldi has also focused on privacy, adding encryption to its data syncing. It’s a big step away from Google’s new system of signing you into the browser.

Apart from these highlights, there are plenty of improvements under the hood that make the browser faster than ever before. The video above should give you anything else you need to know about the new features in Vivaldi. Install it, use our favorite tips and tricks for speed and productivity, and it’ll be your favorite browser in no time.

Download: Vivaldi for Windows | macOS | Linux DEB | Other Versions (Free)

Ungoogled Chromium (Windows, macOS, Linux): Chrome Without Google

Chrome is based on the open-source Chromium project, which several other browsers are based on. If you like Chrome but don’t like how it forces you to incorporate privacy-violating Google into your life, this is the browser for you. Ungoogled Chromium’s motto is: “Bringing back the ‘Don’t’ in “Don’t be evil.” Perfect, right?

Ungoogled Chromium removes all of the Google-centric features and under-the-hood tracking in Chrome. For example, the powerful Chrome omnibox is no longer a search box for Google, it uses DuckDuckGo by default. But the bigger changes are behind the scenes, where the browser won’t communicate with Google servers constantly, telling them about your browsing patterns.

When you actually use the browser, it feels remarkably a lot like Google Chrome. All your favorite Chrome extensions work perfectly too. The only thing you’ll miss is syncing between your mobile and desktop browsers since Ungoogled Chromium isn’t available for phones.

Download: Ungoogled Chromium for Windows | macOS | Linux DEB | Other Versions (Free)

Keepsafe Browser (Android, iOS): PIN-Protected Private Browser

Keepsafe has earned a few fans for its privacy-focused apps, like Keepsafe Vault to hide or store pictures privately. It has a new app now, Keepsafe Browser, to similarly protect what you do on the internet.

The biggest privacy protection measure is a simple PIN password lock. So even if you let someone borrow your phone, they can’t snoop on your browsing history. It also disallows screenshots while the app is open. Apart from that, Keepsafe Browser has the basic privacy-protecting features you expect, like blocking trackers, an incognito mode (which is called “Secret Tabs” here), and basic ad-blocking for malicious ads.

Keepsafe Browser also has a Pro mode, starting at $10 per month for VPN support and the ability to use Keepsafe Vault. I don’t think that is worth it though. You’re better off getting one of the best VPN services instead, which works across platforms.

Download: Keepsafe Browser for Android | iOS (Free)

Falkon (Windows, Linux): Fast, Lightweight KDE Browser

Falkon is one of the lightest and fastest browsers for Windows and Linux

QupZilla, one of the best open source browsers you can find, is no more. It has been turned into a new project, Falkon, which will improve on the classic KDE browser.

Falkon’s claim-to-fame is that it is light and fast. Install and fire it up, and you’ll know why in a second. It feels much faster than any other browser you have used, especially in the interface. These days, page loading speeds are almost the same in every browser, so that doesn’t matter. And Falkon is lightweight, which is a major respite from Chrome’s persistent RAM problems.

Right now, there is no macOS version and the developers suggest that due to a few problems, it won’t be coming for some time.

Download: Falkon for Windows | Linux (Free)

Otter (Windows, macOS, Linux): Old-School Classic Opera Recreation

Otter recreates old-school Opera 12 in a modern browser

One of the best alternatives to Chrome is Opera, especially after all the changes that Opera has had in the recent past. But if you like the old version of Opera more, Otter is looking to recreate that.

Otter actually looks and feels a little dated, but that’s the point. If you’re missing classic Opera features, you’ll love it. For example, you can get the view you see in the screenshot above, where multiple tabs become their own windows inside the browser. You can also get vertical tabs in Otter’s sidebar.

There’s a lot to like about Otter and its QtWebkit rendering engine. It might not be for everyone, but old-school users will love the nostalgic feel.

Download: Otter for Windows, macOS, or Linux (Free)

Note: To get the right version of Otter, click the latest folder in the link above, and then download EXE for Windows, DMG for macOS, and AppImage or zipped files for Linux.

Try Chromium to Go Beyond Chrome

Apart from Vivaldi and Ungoogled Chromium, there are several other browsers based on the same Chromium project. With almost all of these, you can use Chrome extensions too. It’s a good way to get rid of Chrome while still retaining the features and add-ons you love.

It can be difficult to figure out which Chromium-based browser is right for you. Try this handy list of Chromium alternatives to Chrome which tells you the major differences between them.

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How to Set Up Sync in Vivaldi and Synchronize Your Browsing Data

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Most major browsers offer some method for syncing browsing data between devices, and now Vivaldi has joined the crowd. Vivaldi is a beautiful web browser for power users with a lot of features, including a customizable user experience, fast startup and page loading, quick commands, and notes. You should consider switching to Vivaldi if you haven’t already. The Sync feature in Vivaldi is still in the experimental stage, but we found it to work well so far. You can download Vivaldi for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Vivaldi is not available on mobile devices but you can run Vivaldi on a…

Read the full article: How to Set Up Sync in Vivaldi and Synchronize Your Browsing Data

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Most major browsers offer some method for syncing browsing data between devices, and now Vivaldi has joined the crowd.

Vivaldi is a beautiful web browser for power users with a lot of features, including a customizable user experience, fast startup and page loading, quick commands, and notes. You should consider switching to Vivaldi if you haven’t already.

The Sync feature in Vivaldi is still in the experimental stage, but we found it to work well so far. You can download Vivaldi for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Vivaldi is not available on mobile devices but you can run Vivaldi on a Raspberry Pi 3.

Today we’ll show you how to start using the experimental Sync feature.

What Does Vivaldi Actually Sync?

Currently, Vivaldi supports synchronizing the following items:

  • Bookmarks
  • Speed Dials
  • Settings (Only some setting are currently synced. They are working on syncing additional settings.)
  • Stored webpage passwords
  • Stored autofill information
  • History (Currently, only typed URLs are stored in History.)
  • Remove Sessions (These allow you to access tabs open on other computers and we will show you how to access them.)
  • Extensions
  • Notes

Step 1: Enable the Sync Feature in Vivaldi

To enable the Sync feature, type the following in the address bar in Vivaldi and press Enter.

vivaldi://experiments

Then, check the Sync box on the Experimental Features page.

Turn on experimental Sync feature in Vivaldi

Step 2: Create a Vivaldi Account

To set up Sync, click the Vivaldi menu icon in the upper-left corner of the window. Then, go to Tools > Settings.

Go to Vivaldi menu > Tools > Settings

Click Sync in the left pane.

You need a Vivaldi account to use the Sync feature. If you don’t already have an account, click Create an Account.

Click Create an Account on Vivaldi Sync settings page

Fill out the form on the Join the Vivaldi Community page.

Check the I have read and agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy box and click Register.

You’ll receive an email asking you to verify your email address. Click the link in the email.

Sign up for a Vivaldi.net account

Step 3: Log Into Your Vivaldi Account

Once you’ve verified your email address, return to the Sync page in Vivaldi’s settings.

Enter the User Name and Password you chose during registration and click Login.

Log in to Sync in Vivaldi

Step 4: Choose What to Sync and Enable Encryption

On the Sync page, Synchronize All Data is checked by default.

If you don’t want to sync all your data, uncheck the Synchronize All Data box. Then, uncheck the checkboxes under Data to Sync for any data you don’t want to sync.

For extra protection, in case your login credentials become compromised, check the Encrypt Data Using a Separate Password box under Sync Encryption.

Enter a password in the Encryption Password box. You must make your encryption password different from the password you chose for your Vivaldi.net account. Vivaldi won’t allow you to use the same password for both.

Click Start Syncing.

Click Start Syncing on Sync settings page in Vivaldi

Some messages display at the top of the Sync settings page.

While the data is syncing, you’ll see a message saying, “Waiting for sync data to be committed.” When the sync process is finished, Vivaldi tells you, “Sync data successfully committed to server.”

Sync data successfully committed to server in Vivaldi

Step 5: Decrypt the Data in Your Sync Account

If you’ve assigned an encryption password to your data in your Vivaldi.net account, you must enter your Encryption Password and click Decrypt when you log out and log back in.

Decrypt data in Vivaldi on another computer

Then, choose what you want to sync again and click Start Syncing.

Start Syncing in Vivaldi on another computer

Step 6: Open Tabs From Other Synced Computers

Once your data is synced, you can access open tabs from Vivaldi running on another synced computer.

Click the cloud icon on the right side of the browser’s title bar and move your mouse over the computer with the tab you want to access. Then, click the tab you want to open from the submenu. You can also select Open All to open all tabs from the other computer.

Open a tab from another computer in Vivaldi

How to Clear the Data From Your Vivaldi Account

Changing your password periodically is a good idea for keeping your data protected. To change the password on your Vivaldi.net account, you must clear the data from your account on the server.

To clear your data, go to Tools > Settings on the Vivaldi menu and then click Sync in the left pane.

Scroll down to the bottom of the Sync screen on the right and click Clear Data on Server.

Click Clear Data on Server in Vivaldi

Vivaldi wants to make sure you really want to clear your synced data.

If you’re sure, click Clear Sync Data on the Clearing Synchronized Data dialog box.

Clearing Synchronized Data dialog box in Vivaldi

A message displays while your Sync data is cleared.

Now, you can log in to your account again and encrypt your data with a different password.

Clearing sync data message in Vivaldi

How to Reset and Restart Sync in Vivaldi

If you’ve cleared your Sync data from your account while you’re logged in on another computer, you’ll see the Sync Disabled dialog box when you open Vivaldi on the other computer.

You can log in again on the other computer and sync the data from that computer into your Vivaldi.net account.

Click Go to Sync Settings on the Sync Disabled dialog box.

Sync Disabled in Vivaldi on another computer

You can sync again by clicking Restart Sync on the Sync settings screen.

Click Restart Sync after reset in Vivaldi

If restarting sync doesn’t work, you can log out of your account.

Click Logout in Vivaldi on another computer

Then, enter your User Name and Password and click Login.

Log in to Vivaldi Sync on another computer

If you’ve assigned an encryption password to your data in your Vivaldi.net account, you must enter your Encryption Password and click Decrypt when you log back in.

Then, choose what you want to sync again and click Start Syncing.

Decrypt data in Vivaldi after logging in again

Vivaldi Sync: A Seamless Browsing Experience

If you’ve switched to Vivaldi from one of the other major browsers, and you’ve been missing the ability to sync your browsing data between computers, try Vivaldi’s Sync feature.

It works well so far. When you make a change to synced data on one computer, it’s quickly synced to your other computers that are signed in to your Vivaldi.net account.

Vivaldi is a capable Chrome alternative and it’s getting better every day. So what’s stopping you?

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