One of the most interesting features of Chrome is the desktop web applications, what we commonly know as webapps and the browser treats as “shortcuts”. You know what we are talking about, but just in case, we have dedicated a practical article to this topic in which you can see it in detail.
To repeat, these desktop web applications “are nothing more than the same page that you can open in the browser, but they are added to the desktop with their own launchers and are displayed with no interface other than the native window bar, giving the feeling to be independent applications ». You can easily create them through Chrome’s “More tools> Create shortcut …” menu. But, What about Vivaldi?
Creating desktop web applications with Vivaldi is feasible, although of the many functions offered by this browser, it is one of the least known for the simple reason that it is not officially supported, unlike for example what happens with Brave. And is that there is the crux of the matter: this It is not an exclusive feature of Chrome, but of Chromium, the open source project on which the main current web browsers are based, with the exception of Firefox and Safari.
Therefore, Chromium-based browsers inherit the function, even though not all do it the same way: in Brave it works exactly the same as in Chrome; In Opera this possibility does not exist, it is covered; and in Vivaldi it is possible to do it, but by default it is hidden. Let’s see how it’s done.
Desktop web applications with Vivaldi
Desktop web applications are managed on the same Chrome site, but on Vivaldi, accessing via the address bar to «vivaldi: // apps«. Right there you will see that the browser indicates that you are not logged in … even if you have, it shows that it is not a supported function; however, all the ones you create will be synchronized.
To create applications, you first have to add the sites you want to the bookmarks bar, and from there drag each one to the blank space by pressing the shift key. From here, everything works as in Chrome: through the context menu, check the option of “Open as window” and then “Create shortcuts …” either to be added on the desktop or in the system applications menu.
And there’s more: you can now use desktop web applications with Vivaldi and enjoy a more minimalist and better integrated desktop experience, with its own icon, with the possibility of pinning them in the taskbar… While progressive web applications arrive, it is a good fix and one of the few things that Vivaldi, one of the most interesting browsers in the world, misses. moment that you can download here.