When using the Vivaldi browser (version 1.2), it is possible to right-click on a link in a web page and select Open In New Tab. This, of course, is common to most browsers nowadays.

Other browsers have a user setting whereby the browser will remain on the source page, leaving the newly opened page to render in a background tab. I find this useful if I want to open a couple of links on a page while continuing to read it.
Vivaldi always changes focus to the newly opened tab.

Vivaldi has no explicit setting to stay on the source page. Neither can I find anything on Vivaldi Tips.

Is there a way, possibly a registry tweak, that will make Vivaldi stay on the page and make a newly opened tab render in the background?
It seems odd that a browser with so many customisation options can't do this.

  • Ctrl + left click is another option – User Jan 7 '17 at 13:11

Yes. Rightclick on a link, and instead of choosing Open in New Tab, choose Open in background tab, which is 2 items down in that list.

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I always open a new tab in background by clicking the mouse wheel. Tested on Vivaldi right now.

  • This is how I always use the web. And I have been using Vivaldi exclusively on my work computer for over a year now. I open so many tabs, and all with the middle mouse button, that a browser that could not support that would literally be unusable for me. – Tyrannosaur Jun 20 '16 at 17:08
  • My middle mouse button has been set to double-click since before the scroll-wheel was invented. Too late for me to change my Pavlovian reflex now ;) – Tetsujin Jun 20 '16 at 19:01

Same as most browsers, Ctrl/click will open a new tab behind, Ctrl/shift/click will open in front. [Cmd on Mac]

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    Oh wow, ctrl+shift+click... I have wanted that so many times :O – David Mulder Jun 20 '16 at 18:43
  • @DavidMulder - I couldn't live without it ;) It does seem to be consistent across browsers too. – Tetsujin Jun 20 '16 at 19:06

If you right click on any link, there's the option to "Open link in background tab".


On Mac to open new link in the background, press: Alt- (Windows Control-Alt) while clicking on the link. The same shortcut works in Chrome, Firefox and other major web browsers.

  • Does it need the alt/opt?? Mine never has, since the dawn of time - just cmd[ctrl] or cmd[ctrl]/shift. Ahhhh... adding alt/opt sets it to a new window, rather than new tab, just tested. – Tetsujin Jun 20 '16 at 19:05

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