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Opera Stable: Tips
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Date Written: 9/22/14 Last Updated: 5/2/20

Current as of Opera 68.

  1. Back and Forward arrows Left click and hold the back arrow and you can rewind to where you want to go.

  2. Rocker gestures Rocker Gestures allow you to go forward a page or back a page by holding the right click and then the left click or vice versa.  Under Settings you can turn on rocker gestures, which are off by default.  I keep mouse gestures turned off.

  3. Show Full url in address bar. In opera:settings.  Under User Interface category select Show full URL in combined search and address bar.

  4. Site Preferences In opera:settings go to websites located under Privacy and Security and you will be able to set site specific preferences such as Do not show any images for that site by clicking the manage exceptions button.  A few other options are available such as allowing pop ups or disabling javascript.  Site Settings Sidebar is an extension that will make managing these preferences much easier.

  5. Opera Passwords Opera offers to save typed in passwords.  In opera:settings Autofill you can do the following:

    1. turn off the offer to save passwords
    2. view the sites where you chose never to remember any passwords (located at the bottom of the passwords list)
    3. view the saved passwords
    4. delete them as you see fit

  6. Customizing Spell checker In Opera:settings under Languages you can make changes to the language that Opera uses as well as add dictionaries.  Just below that there is a section called Spell check.  In Customize spell check you can see the words that you have added to the Opera dictionary of legitimate words.  Here, you can add and remove words as you see fit.

  7. Code for creating multiple shortcuts that you can pin to your desktop.

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe" --ran-launcher --remote www.animeviews.com

  8. Disable auto update Note: This tip is intended for Windows 7. Like nearly every other browser, Opera auto updates.  To turn this off do the following:

    1. Find the shortcut for Opera.  In properties and in the target add a space after the ending quote and add ––disable–update  Auto update is now turned off.  You can confirm this in the opera:about page.

      "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe" --disable-update

    2. In Windows 7 go to control panel System and Security Schedule Tasks Task Schedule Library Opera Schedule Autoupdate Right click and disable.

    Now you can update Opera when you want, but you will have to install the updates manually.  After installing a new version of Opera, you may need to repeat these steps to be sure that auto-update is turned back off.

  9. Disable flags Similar to the above, this will disable the experimental flags you have set and allow you to start Opera as if all flags were set to default.  This may be handy if one of the experimental flags caused Opera to stop running or made it somehow unusable.  

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe" --no-experiments

    --no-experiments is a command line switch.  List of command line switches

  10. Profile The Opera profile is located in opera:about.  The install and cache directory locations are also listed here.  If you look in the profile folder you will see many useful files such as bookmarks, cookies, history, settings, and others.  Passwords are located in Login Data.

  11. Change download location go to settings and type in download.  You will now be able to type in a new download location.

  12. View Opera Cache Use ChromeCacheView to display Opera's cache.  When you first run it hit F9 to change the directory to Opera.  There is a button that will specifically change it to Opera's directory.

  13. Remove Google search from speed dial go to opera:settings under Start page click Hide search box

  14. Resize speed dial snapshot thumbnail images Speed dial and bookmark images are stored both locally and in sync.  When creating a NEW bookmark/speed dial if you resize the window first you can set the thumbnail with different dimensions.  This also works with zooming in and out with the mouse wheel so as to change the look of the thumbnail image.

    To update an old thumbnail snapshot select a different image, close and reopen the heart menu then choose the snapshot which will now be current.

  15. Use Inspect Element to view all images on a page Use Ctrl+Shift+C click on Network then Img then F5

3rd party software to install

Adobe Reader
Adobe Flash

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