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Opera Stable: Tips
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Date Written: 9/22/14 Last Updated: 10/20/23

Current as of Opera 101.  Note: These tips are primarily for Windows 10, but will probably work with other versions of Windows as well.

  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.  opera://settings/shortcuts you can turn on mouse or rocker gestures here.  I keep mouse gestures turned off, but rocker gestures on.

  3. Show Full url in address bar Go here: opera://settings/?search=full+url

  4. Show or hide images for a specific site opera://settings/content/images Here you can hide/show images for all websites and then add exceptions below.  opera://settings/content Will give options for blocking javascript, cookies, popups, etc. for specific sites.  Site Settings Sidebar extension makes managing these preferences much easier.

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

    1. turn off 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 To update the list of words that you manually added to the dictionary go to opera://settings/editDictionary.

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

    Add the following to the target area of your shortcut --remote www.animeviews.com

  8. Disable auto update

    • 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. Next, 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.

    • Windows 10:

      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.

      2. Windows key type Task Scheduler hit Enter.  Right click on all of the Opera update items (about 4) and click disable.

  9. Disable flags Similar to tip 8, 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

    Note: To the best of my knowledge this still works.

  10. Profile The Opera profile is located in opera:about.  The install and cache directory locations are also listed here.

  11. Change download location go to opera://settings/?search=Downloads and scroll to the bottom of the page where you will see a section marked Downloads.  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 search box from speed dial go to opera://settings/?search=start%20page 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  Extension: Image Downloader

  16. How to disable hardware acceleration Use Alt+P or Ctrl+F12 and type hardware acceleration in the search settings in the upper right corner.

      Why?  Hardware Acceleration is turned on by default, but it can affect video playback forcing the user to refresh the screen multiple times in order for the video to play.  Hardware Acceleration is designed to boost the browser performance, but when issues arise it may be better to turn it off.  Depending on the user, there may be no noticeable improvement with hardware acceleration turned on.

Optional 3rd party software to install

Adobe Reader

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