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Opera Legacy: Tips
written by: admin

Date Written: 11/10/06 Last Updated: 7/12/20

Note: No Longer Maintained

I like Opera because I can customize it so much.  Sometimes I forget how I did some of the more complicated tweaks, so this page is designed to explain how to duplicate what has been done, so that I don't repeat mistakes and waste time.

Specialized Buttons

Toggle menu bar.  File ––> Toggle menu bar.

Generate a custom button (dead link)  This link will generate a custom button.  It requires a little practice and is limited by your creativity.  I used it to create a button that would toggle the scrollbars.  I created another that would enter into full screen with the address bar still there.  I would combine all three, but there is a bug or regression with the latest version of Opera where the scrollbars can't be added to other commands.  I also have the toolbars narrowed down to one bar for maximum screen size viewability and usability.

Find in Page Highlight every occurrence of a word.  Right click menu bar ––> customize ––> buttons tab ––> search ––> find in page.  Then drag it onto the menu bar.

Button Maker (dead link).  To alter and add keyboard shortcuts go to menu ––> settings  ––> preferences ––> advanced ––> shortcuts ––> edit (the one for the keyboard) then double click on what you want to change.  I have it set up on my computer so that F11 will leave the address bar on the screen when entering full screen mode.  I use this in the command line "Leave fullscreen | Enter fullscreen & View address bar, 2"  The 2 is the location of the bar on you browser.  For example 2 is on the top and 3 is on the right.  Play around with it to see what you like.

0 = Off
1 = Left
2 = Top
3 = Right
4 = Bottom
5 = Floating (hotlist only)
6 = previous visible state

Stop reloading page when going to the previous page: opera:config set it to 3.

Power Buttons (dead link) For fun I use a button that allows me to destroy and remove elements from a page.  You can always get them back by refreshing the page.  It is known as a power button because it allows you to alter the contents of a web page.  Others are listed there as well.

On the power buttons page is a button for a modified wand like the one that Opera has except that this one lets you see what the password is that you stored in memory.  The one that Opera has enters in the password when you click the wand icon and sends you to the next page which means that you never get to see the password once you save it to opera.  Now you can see it again

Useful Tips

Add webcrawler search Settings ––> Preferences ––> Search tab ––> Add ––> type in the name and use
for the address.  I use i for webcrawler since w is already being used for wikipedia.

Turn off Auto Update Settings ––> Preferences ––> Advanced ––> Security ––> set the last option to Do not check for updates.

Show panel toggle at edge of screen Appearance ––> panel ––> click "show panel toggle at edge of screen"

Disable Image Resize (dead link) To disable the image resize option insert the following at the end of your image.css file:
/*solution begins here*/

*, *::before, *::after {
position: static !important;
height: inherit !important;
width: inherit !important;
cursor: default !important;
padding: 0px !important;

/*solution ends here*/

To find your image css file go to opera:config and type image.css to find the location of the file.  Close Opera, open the file and make your changes.  Save the file and then open Opera and the image resize feature will be disabled.  This will allow you to resize images using ctrl + mouse wheel.

Disable Opera Tooltips Settings ––> Preferences ––> Advanced ––> Toolbars ––> uncheck "Double–click text to display context menu"

Show Dropdown Button In Address field

opera:config  The Opera config allows you to customize how Opera operates.  It determines such things as destination folder, how cache operates, fonts used, and hundreds more.  To learn more about the details of the settings go here.

display full url parameter To display the full url parameter go here opera:config#UserPrefs|ShowFullURL

NOTE: I notice that for me the skins were stored in C:\Program Files\Opera\skin  Copying the various files over to the new version of Opera didn't quite work if Opera was running.

Favicons To show or hide favicons go to menu Settings ––> preferences ––> advanced ––> browsing ––> Page icons

Alter Scrollbar Color
1.) close Opera desktop browser.
2.) Go to C:\Program Files\Opera\skin\
3.) Copy the zipped skin that you want to modify.
4.) paste in another location.
5.) Unzip it.
6.) open skin.ini with notepad.
7.) find
[Scrollbar Vertical Skin]
Native = 1

and replace with
[Scrollbar Vertical Skin]
Color = #555555

8.) Change the name in line 4 to something distinctive.  This is around line 4 of the file located just under [Info]
9.) save and close file.
10.) highlight all of the files in the folder containing the skin.ini file and zip them with 7zip.
11.) place the file in C:\Documents and Settings\MyName\Application Data\Opera\Opera\skin\ folder.
12.) Open Opera and select your new skin and you will see a darker background for your vertical scrollbar.

Disable mouse gestures Go to opera:config and uncheck Enable Gesture.

my commonly used shortcuts

ctrl + alt + z  ––  opens the last closed page

crtl + w  ––  closes a page


hold right click then click left to go back a page.

hold left click then click right to go forward a page.

hold the right mouse button and then move the mouse wheel to scroll through the tabs thus eliminating the need for tabs.

type a g and a space in the address bar and then type in your search term(s) to do an instant Google search.  Terms separated by a space will also do a Google search by default.

Browser Tests

performance test 1
performance test 2
Take the Canvas test
canvas test results Opera currently stands at 635/788 passes or 81%.
Acid Tests

Canvas test results:

opera 10 first alpha     = 497/672 or 74%
1219                     = 497/672 or 74%
1893                     = 497/672 or 74%
3263                     = 562/672 or 84%
3419                     = 635/734 or 87%
3445                     = 635/788 or 81%
3488                     = 639/788 or 81% (8/19/2010)
1317 12.00 alpha         = 701/788 or 89% (3/20/2012)


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