Opera is a modern browser that is on par with other popular browsers like Chrome and Firefox. Though it’s mobile version is very popular unfortunately, desktop version is underrated.

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Opera was overhauled recently with a simple and elegant Interface and a stylish icon. Moreover, it is based on the same rendering engine(Webkit) that Chrome uses and as you can guess, it is quite fast.
But, there’s more than what meets the eye. Opera has very useful features like Opera Turbo,Preview Tabs etc.
If you haven’t tried Opera yet, then go grab a copy that suits your PC from here. It is definitely worth trying and if you’re a Google Chrome fan, then I’m sure you’ll like Opera because judging by its looks and speed, one can say it’s a cousin of Chrome! Who knows, you may even end-up changing your default browser to Opera.

Here I present some useful tweaks that everyone who uses/going to use Opera Browser on their PC must know.

1. Opera Turbo.image

If you use Opera on your phone, then you already know this feature. Some people prefer Opera solely because of this feature. For those who don’t, here it is.

Opera Turbo is proprietary feature developed by Opera Software that smartly compresses Webpages(and media on them) to save bandwidth as well as to improve the page-loading speed. This is useful especially when you’re on a metered connection or when you have a slow internet connection which takes ages to load a page. You can enable this feature from main ‘Opera’ menu on the top left corner as shown below :

2. Tab previews

This is yet another cool feature of Opera that shows the glimpse of a tab without actually having to open it. This is useful if you work/browse with multiple tabs simultaneously. You can enable this feature in Settings.

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Once you enable this feature, you can hover the mouse over any of the inactive tabs you want to preview and you’ll immediately see a preview of that tab without actually switching to it.

3. Themes

Who doesn’t love customising ? Opera lets you select a theme from the pre-installed themes or download new ones or even create one of your own theme! Creating a theme is quite easy. All you have to do is go to the ‘Themes’ from ‘Opera’ menu and follow these simple steps :
1. Click on ‘Create theme’ on the left pane.
2. Choose a background picture of your choice for Opera.
3. Name your theme.
4. Align the image as you wish(‘Center’ is recommended)
5. Click ‘Create’ at the bottom.

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There you have it! You can view/apply all the themes you’ve created under ‘My themes’.

4. Keyboard Tricks

You can browse a lot faster using the keyboard. Opera allows you to customize browsing actions to your own keyboard combinations. To customize your keyboard shortcuts:
From the main menu, select Settings.Next, click Browser on the sidebar. Under Shortcuts, click the Configure Shortcuts button.
Here’s an overview of the available keyboard shortcuts and their default keyboard combinations:

Command the browser

Action Shortcut
Open Downloads page Ctrl+J
Open Extensions page Ctrl+Shift ⇧+E
Open help F1
Open History page Ctrl+H
Open local file Ctrl+O
Open location Ctrl+L
Open main menu Alt+F
Open settings page Alt+P
Print current page Ctrl+P
Quit Opera Ctrl+Shift ⇧+X
Save a page locally Ctrl+S

Find text on the page

Action Shortcut
Find on page Ctrl+F
Find next Ctrl+G
Find previous Ctrl+Shift ⇧+G
Action Shortcut
Cycle forward through page elements Tab ⇥
Cycle back through page elements Shift ⇧+Tab ⇥
Go forward one page Alt+
Go back one page Alt+
Go to bottom of page End
Go to top of page Home
Page down Space
Page up Shift ⇧+Space
Reload the current page Ctrl+R
View current page source Ctrl+U

Control tabs and windows

Action Shortcut
Activate tab menu Ctrl+M
Close current tab Ctrl+W
Close current window Alt+F4
Cycle forward through open tabs Ctrl+Tab ⇥
Cycle back through open tabs Ctrl+Shift ⇧+Tab ⇥
Cycle through open windows Alt+Tab ⇥
Minimize a window Windows+M
Open new tab Ctrl+T
Open new window Ctrl+N
Open new private window Ctrl+Shift ⇧+N
Reopen last closed tab Ctrl+Shift ⇧+T
Toggle tab menu Ctrl+M
View previous active tab Ctrl+`

Zoom in and out

Action Shortcut
Enter full-screen mode F11
Zoom in Ctrl++
Zoom out Ctrl+-
Reset zoom to 100% Ctrl+0

Use and configure advanced keyboard shortcuts

Single-key and alternatively-configured shortcuts are available by enabling advanced keyboard shortcuts. To do this:

  1. Select Settings from the main menu.
  2. Click Browser in the sidebar.
  3. Under Shortcuts, tick the Enable advanced keyboard shortcuts checkbox.
Action Shortcut
Cycle left through tabs 1
Cycle right through tabs 2
Find on page /
Go back one page Z
Go forward one page X
Zoom in 0
Zoom in more 8
Zoom out 9
Zoom out more 7
Reset zoom to 100% 6

5. Miscellaneous Mystic Tweaks

These tweaks are going to be of great use if you are a regular user of Opera or otherwise. For these tweaks to work, you’ll have to modify Opera’s preference against its will 😛 To do that, just type opera://flags in the address bar of a new tab and hit enter. You’ll now enter a restricted area, so as to speak, where you experiment.
You can change each of the settings seen here but it is not recommended because if you fool around here, it can mess up the browser’s functioning.
All the tweaks given below are safe to implement. You can either scroll through the list or Search using a keyword for any of the settings. Also, remember to restart the browser if you want to see the tweaks in action immediately. Set the following options as shown in the images below –

Most useful :image

For Privacy-Nazis :

 

To customize the tiles on Start page : image

 

Bonus tip : Make a portable version of Opera

If you like Opera and want to use it everywhere, then you can make a portable version of Opera for use on-the-go. This fits any USB drive comfortably and you can use Opera on any other PC wihout installing. You can use same on your PC if you use Opera occasionaly .

Making a portable version is quite easy. Go to the installation directory of Opera ( usually C:\Program files\Opera or C:\Program files (x86)\Opera )

Here, you’ll see a folder named with numbers as shown below.

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Note that number may differ as it the version number of Opera installed on your PC. Now copy this folder( size~ 110 MB) to anywhere you wish like a USB drive or other hard disk partion in your PC. That’s it. This folder is the portable version of Opera and for convinience, change the name of the folder to ‘Opera Portable’ or whatever you like.

Now, if you want to use the browser fro the portable version you created, just run opera.exe inside the folder.

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You can also create a shortcut to that file for easy access.
Thats all for now. I hope this makes browsing easier for you.

If you have any questions, please comment.

Keep coming back for more cool tricks and tweaks!
Cheers !

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