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The little-known web browser that beats Chrome for productivity

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For a while now, I’ve wanted to make Vivaldi my default desktop web browser.

Vivaldi proudly caters its browser to power users, packing in the kind of tab management tools that would otherwise require a long list of clunky browser extensions. It’s also full of customization options, so you’re never more than a click or keyboard shortcut away from what you’re trying to accomplish.

But until this week, I had to watch from the sidelines as Vivaldi rolled out one intriguing feature after the next. Unlike Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi didn’t support installing websites as desktop apps. This feature, which allows sites like Gmail and Notion to run in their own windows without the usual browser clutter, has become so important to my workflow that I can’t use any browser without it.

On Thursday, Vivaldi released an update that adds web app support, and at long last, I’m gorging on all the powerful tools that the browser has to offer. If you’re suffering from browser tab overload, you should at least give it a try.

A full rundown of every Vivaldi feature would to too extensive to list here, but here are the ones I’m enjoying the most:

Right-click any tab, and you’ll see a “Create shortcut” option at the bottom of the context menu. Selecting this option and clicking “Open as window” will install the site as a freestanding app on your computer. Now, you can launch the site straight from the MacOS app list or........

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