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by Martin Brinkmann on September 08, 2020 in Internet

Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi 3.3, a new stable version of the company's desktop web browser, for all supported platforms on Monday. [...]

The big new feature of Vivaldi 3.3 is a Break mode that is designed to provide users with options to take breaks while working in the browser.

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Once activated, break mode "mutes and stops HTML5 audio and videos, hides all tabs, panels, and other content leaving the screen clean".

Just click on the new break mode icon on the left side of the browser's status bar, or use the designated keyboard shortcut Ctrl+, to toggle it.

The main idea behind break mode is to power down the browser for the time being; ideal for taking a break without browsing Internet sites or watching videos, or chatting with others without any distractions on the screen.

Break mode offers another interesting option. Remember boss key applications that hide program windows on the desktop when activated? Since Break mode hides everything that is happening in the browser, it can be used for a similar purpose. Not necessarily to hide activity from your superior, but ideal when someone else approaches you or is about to walk by you.

Last but not least, Vivaldi notes that Break mode may reduce the browser's resource usage so that other programs may use the freed-up resources.

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