Hide Chrome Download Bar

Chromium logoI’ve been using Vivaldi as my main browser since v1 was first launched (and used the beta before that), but sometimes need to use a second browser.

Vivaldi have made extensive changes to the UI (written their own and used the Chromium renderer?), but all of the other Chromium browsers I’ve tried all have very similar UIs which suggests they aren’t deviating much from the default. This Include Microsoft Edge and Brave.

One of the things which really annoys me is the download bar which appears at the bottom of the screen whenever you download a file and which cannot be switched off; Vivaldi has a sidebar which appears when you download a file, but this is easy to switch off.

The stock answer seems to any UI issue with Chromium based browsers, is to download an extension. I looked at a handful of extensions to disable the download bar and finally selected Disable Download Bar as one which worked reasonably well.

I do much prefer the Vivaldi approach, which is why this remains my default browser on every machine I use and on which I have install rights.

Vivaldi browser releases V3

Vivaldi BrowserMany years ago I discovered the Opera browser and found it was much better than the other browsers around. Leading edge it usually had features in advance of other browsers and I especially liked the speed dial (a landing page you could add your favourites to for quick access).

Unfortunately, the last version of Opera using their own engine was version 12 released in 2012 and killed in 2013 when they switched to Chromium; in this swtch they removed almost all functionality, including bookmarks! Gradually through time, they re-introduced these features as they hemorrhaged users with me being one of them.

I made the switch to Vivaldi while it was still in beta and have nejoyed using it ever since. Founded by one of the original founders of Opera, it follows a similar approach to flexibility and features of Opera 12.

Vivaldi has, today, reached version 3 which includes a built-in tracker- and ad-blocker in both the desktop and Android versions:

Vivaldi browser version 3 released

Once I’m out and about again, I look forward to giving both of these a try (especially the Android version), but that may have to wait a while.

Full details of the new release are here.

Disable Push Notifications In Vivaldi

Vivaldi BrowserThere are many irritating features of browsing the web with push notifications being the current one which is bugging the crap out of me. So many sites are asking to allow push notifications and I can rarely, if ever, see any reason why anyone would allow them.

I migrated to the Vivaldi browser a while ago which is based on Chromium. This means it has access to the Chrome extensions store and also a lot of settings in common with Chrome. One of these is the ability to block notifications without being prompted.

I’ve searched for the setting in the Vivaldi GUI without success, so need to fall back on the settings page address of chrome://settings/content. Select the Notifications section (ringed in red):

Vivaldi Content Settings page

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Local by Flywheel: Access Site From External Location

Local By FlywheelThis post is part of the series on Local by Flywheel.

You are able to give access to people externally in order that they can view your site in Local by Flywheel. You do this from the site overview page, by clicking the Enable button at the bottom of the screen:

Site Overview screen

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Local by Flywheel: Access Site

Local By FlywheelThis post is part of the series on Local by Flywheel.

Once you have a site created, it can be access by clicking the View Site button in the top-right corner:

Site Overview screen

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Stopping Auto-Play HTML5 Videos In Vivaldi (and Other Chromium Based Browsers)

Microsoft Dynamics GPI have a very low tolerance threshold for adverts; I largely stopped watching TV becasue of them (atually I no longer have a TV so I guess it would be more accurate to say I stopped watching TV because of them); not only are the adverts irritating in content, but the volumne was usually a lot higher than the TV show wrapped around them.

Adverts on the Internet have gone through various stages and varying annoyances with the current set not being too bad. Of sites I use regularly, arstehnica is by far the worst with adverts taking over the entire front page.

That said, it’s not actually adverts which are bothering me so much at the momernt, but sites with automatically playing videos. This “feature” has grown in popularity in recent times with many news sites having one, or more, autplay videos on almost every page.

Well, with the death of Opera 12 a few years ago, I made the transition to Vivaldi a while ago. This is a Chromium based browser which gives you access to Extensions in the chrome web store.

The best extension I’ve found for stopping autoplay videos is HTML5 Video Autoplay Blocker. Part of the reason for this post, is because I work on a variety of machines at work and home and keep having problems finding the extension, so I figured doing a step by step post to find and install the extension would help me remember.

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