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The Vivaldi browser is tempting tab hoarders with two-level stacked tabs

If you’re like me, you keep a few dozen or so tabs open in Safari on any given day. But wouldn’t it be great if you could have double-decker browser tabs? With the Vivaldi browser, you can…

In its most recent version 3.6 update, this Chromium-based web browser has added a feature that now permits everyone to create a second row of things with two-level tab stacks. It arrives following a limited test in December 2020, the company announced in a blog post today.

Also, the tab thumbnails are now smaller so they occupy less space.

Vivaldi designer Atle Mo, speaking with The Register:

We’ve wanted to do tabs over two lines (or two levels) for a long time (years, actually), as a natural expansion of the current implementation. It has been asked for by our users, and we have experimented with this idea internally for a while.

Whether or not stacked tabs look like the stuff of nightmares is a subjective matter.

How to create stacked tabs in Vivaldi

The Verge has more on creating stacked tabs:

Creating two-level stacked tabs is as easy as holding down the Command or Windows key, selecting whatever tabs you want to be in the stack, and then right-clicking and selecting ‘New Tab stack’ from the drop down menu. You can also achieve the same effect by dragging and holding one tab over another.

So, how does one interact with these things?

Clicking on the newly formed tab stack (signified with a white outline) reveals the second row of tabs nestled inside. Tab stacks can be renamed and closed all at once from the right-click drop down menu as well.

Full instructions are on the Vivaldi website.

Gee, it’s full of tabs!

You could use stacked tabs as a visual separation between your work and home content. Or, you might use this feature to create groupings of web projects you’re working on. You can also put these stacked tabs on the sides and the bottom of the Vivaldi window. As if that weren’t enough, Vivaldi also lets you create tabs that branch off of and nest inside other tabs.

A Mac screenshot of the tab stacks feature in the Vivaldi web browser

You can download Vivaldi from the official website.

The Chromium project

Developed by the Google-sponsored Chromium project, Chromium is a minimalist browser based on the free, open-source Chromium code. A few browser vendors base their products on Chromium, including Opera, Google Chrome, Microsoft’s Edge and Vivaldi.

This doesn’t mean that all Chromium-based browsers look and feel the same because their developers work hard to implement several unique features that set their products apart from the competition, namely Google’s own Chrome browser.

Image credit: /Vivaldi

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