Search suggestions: a privacy-driven feature in Vivaldi
No other browser gives you as much fine-grained control over your searches as Vivaldi. Have you ever wondered why there are so many options when it comes to search suggestions?
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Steffie last edited by
@ruario Nice article.
I would love to be able to use the dedicated Search field, but i can't with the current UI design. I do not routinely use V in full-screen mode [& do not want to have to], but instead i use it taking full screen height & ~50% screen width. Because i cannot configure V to show the Extensions "field" / row separate to the Address / Search row, nor can i have the Search field separate to the Address bar [eg, ideally in the Status Bar, which i permanently show], any time i show the Search field it eats up most of the Extensions row space... which is unacceptable given i want my specific Extension icons permanently visible.
This UI limitation is a pity, coz it forces me to have to sacrifice something, which unfortunately is always the Search field. The article reminds me of benefits arising from using the dedicated Search field, hence i am reminded of my undesirable compromise.
@ruario I've tried out POST method with ddg, but I still get history entries for the search terms on latest snapshot. Maybe I understood this part of the article wrong though. I entered search terms from both the search and the address field to test.
@steffie All of your issues can be solved with a custom modification to the browser – similar modifications have been done before and the code is available. Just depends if you are willing to implement.
Steffie last edited by
Just depends if you are willing to implement
Thank you. I suspected that might be the case, but i am ignorant in these matters; furthermore the prospect of losing the mod & needing to repeat it each update is unappealing to me.
If my naive assumptions above are wrong, & in fact there's a nice way i could make the mod once rather than repeatedly, then the pain of trying to learn /understand how to do it would be worthwhile.
@steffie Since the whole application is replaced on update, the mods must disappear too. But there are scripts for all operating systems to automate the process of patching the mods in again. Whenever an update comes around it just takes me one command in terminal to get up and running again. I'd say 10 seconds at most since it closes and restarts Vivaldi. But yeah, you will have to invest time to set this up.
dogbehu last edited by
The search suggestions are in fact so safe, that I can't get them working, even when I checked to allow them. When I really need a suggestion, I have to go directly to google.com. It's one of the few things that really bother me, about this browser.
Steffie last edited by Steffie
you will have to invest time to set this up
Time i have, but coding nous i severely lack. I know we have a dedicated forum topic [maybe several, by now] on modding V, but i gave up trying to follow it a very long time ago... too far above my head, & nowadays too hard to efficiently search for some procedure specific to my installation, & my desired UI layout.
I imagine that eventually such UI optimisations will become available in Settings.
EDIT: I found this https://forum.vivaldi.net/topic/21417/linux-bash-script-adding-the-modding-patch-to-vivaldi-installations ... which looks invaluable, but also this https://forum.vivaldi.net/topic/10549/modding-vivaldi?page=1
...which sums up my dilemma.
LonM last edited by LonM
If not, use this URL: https://www.google.com/complete/search?client=chrome&q=%s
mrmamen last edited by
I wish vivaldi would support OpenSearch when including a new custom search. This could automatically add search suggestion if available.
@luetage: I tried it myself now. In DDG, the URL saved in history is clean but I see that DDG is updating the page title with the search terms and this gets stored in history. However if you try the same thing with startpage the history entry is clean.
@dogbehu: We do not have the search suggestion information prefilled for Google, only for other search engines. You can enter it yourself if you want search suggestions with Google
LonM last edited by
Useful Tip: You can give any URL you want as the suggestion url.
Example: I can set duckduckgo as the suggestion provider in a custom search engine for the vivaldi forums.
This could be useful if:
- The engine you want to use doesn't offer suggestions
- You want to search with a particular service, but don't want to send them everything you type for suggestions
@ruario: Moral of the story. Always test and double check statements, so good on you luetage!
@lonm: Indeed, this is a very interesting tip. Thanks for sharing!
LuisAnton last edited by
Some search engines allow users to use the POST method for search (e.g. the privacy focussed, Startpage).
The correct spelling is focused and the comma should be removed for grammatical reasons.
TbGbe last edited by TbGbe
@luisanton True, but adding a POST method isn't always working; see
paul1149 last edited by
This is an excellent, well-thought-out feature set. Thank you.
Chas4 last edited by
Good to know what POST is for
dogbehu last edited by