How do I always start in a private window?



  • I had this working before, and needed to reset all of my settings (for a number of reasons). So I moved ~/.config/vivaldi/ to ~/.config/vivaldi-old/ and started over.

    Pretty much have most of the settings as I want them now, but Vivaldi started in a private window before, and now it doesn't. Can anyone tell me how to do that (and I will emphasize that whatever I changed before was a setting. It was not a change to the command line arguments or a modification of the start parameters in the menu entry).


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    @0001 Not sure it works the same in Linux, but in windows one merely needs to append " --incognito" to the end of the desktop shortcut destination (without quotation marks of course).


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    And additional to the tip @Ayespy gave your for desktop shortcut, you need to change in your Linux systemsettings programs related mime-type & file associations.
    For all those Vivaldi can open, open the entry for Vivaldi to edit, select tab program and append a --incognito (do not forget a space before the --) in the command field.
    That means to change from /usr/bin/vivaldi-stable %U to /usr/bin/vivaldi-stable --incognito %U



  • As I said in my original post, I did NOT change any shortcut or association or command line parameter. It was something in the Vivaldi settings directory. That is what I am looking for.


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    Set vivaldi://private-intro als user defined Startpage.



  • @Gwen-Dragon said in How do I always start in a private window?:

    vivaldi://private-intro

    That's what I wanted. Thank you. I knew that had to be configurable in the settings. 🙂



  • Just opening vivaldi://private-intro/ in a normal window doesn’t make that tab a private tab (as seen by the missing key icon in the address bar).

    Nor does setting vivaldi://settings/startup/ > Startup with > Specific pages > vivaldi://private-intro/ give that window or tab any privacy benefits.

    @0001 Stick with the startup options, this proposal is not just unsafe, but misleadingly so.



  • @Gwen-Dragon said in How do I always start in a private window?:

    Set vivaldi://private-intro als user defined Startpage.

    No, that doesn't work (sorry, I wasn't able to actually close Vivaldi and test it right away, which I should have done before saying that it worked - I just assumed that since you said that it worked that it did 🙂 ).

    And now (I searched for this quite a bit before in the old settings), I moved ~/.config/vivaldi-old/ back to ~/.config/vivaldi/, and... it no longer works! I now have an regular non-private window on startup. I have absolutely no idea now why it was always starting in a private window.

    And now, I just also tried starting with "specific pages" (using vivaldi://private-intro), but I get the message:

    "This site can’t be reached
    The webpage at chrome://private-intro/ might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.
    ERR_INVALID_URL"

    Don't know why this isn't an easily found setting for users.


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    @0001 Because it's not a setting at all in Vivaldi at present. Never has been.

    There are only workarounds for the time being



  • @Ayespy said in How do I always start in a private window?:

    @0001 Because it's not a setting at all in Vivaldi at present. Never has been.

    There are only workarounds for the time being

    Well, it should be a setting (and not a particularly difficult one to implement).


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    @0001 If you think a feature is useful and missing in Vivaldi, please make a request.


    How to make a feature request for Vivaldi
    If you think your problem can be solved by a missing feature, please add a request at https://forum.vivaldi.net/category/113/feature-requests .




  • Hello, sorry I am a bit late to the party... but I was about to say that the setting doesn't currently exist in Vivaldi (but you can edit your program icons and filetype associations to do this, as already mentioned above). I'm surprised this isn't already a feature, as it's possible to do this in Firefox. I suspect it is a limitation of having Chromium as the underlying browser engine, as a lot of the defaults and settings seem to just carry over.

    You can get very close to your desired behaviour, by going into Vivaldi's privacy settings, and ensuring that "Save Browsing History" and "Accept Cookies" are set to "Session Only". In addition to this, I uncheck "Save Passwords", and ensure that third-party cookies are blocked.

    To be extra safe, just use the magic CTRL-SHIFT-DEL (V --> Tools --> Delete Browsing Data) before closing your browser. I have found that on Linux Mint and Trisquel GNU/Linux, the CTRL-SHIFT-DEL shortcut doesn't always work, and I have to use the menu. I think the desktop environment (Cinnamon/MATE) catches the key combination rather than allowing the browser to receive it. Either way, this basically gives you private browsing mode.

    There are Chrome "one click cleaner" type Extensions floating about, but to me they all look a bit spammy and suspect, so I don't use them. There was one that didn't look too bad, and would clear everything AND close the browser, but I found it didn't always clear my browsing traces on V, so I don't use it now.

    I'd agree with you, that a menu option for permanent/default incognito browsing would be a great feature. I have always signed out of everything the moment I finished using it (e-mail, whatever) and closed my browser and cleared the history. It's not about whether you look at porn or whatever, I just see it as good housekeeping and avoiding too much targeted marketing. I've done this since IE3 / Opera 3.x days.



  • Gwen-Dragon:

    @0001 If you think a feature is useful and missing in Vivaldi, please make a request.

    jamesbeardmore:

    I was about to say that the setting doesn't currently exist in Vivaldi (but you can edit your program icons and filetype associations to do this, as already mentioned above). I'm surprised this isn't already a feature, as it's possible to do this in Firefox. I suspect it is a limitation of having Chromium as the underlying browser engine, as a lot of the defaults and settings seem to just carry over.

    The request to add this feature has already been marked “NICE TO HAVE”, which means that it’s not even in the pipeline of features to be implemented short- or mid-term.

    Which means that the startup workaround is the best we can do for now.



  • @Dantesoft I wish I knew what I did to get it to behave like that, even if only temporary.

    I don't think this would be difficult to implement at all, and most users are not going to be editing associations and filetypes. People should be bugging Vivaldi to implement this.


 

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