My best Opera configuration

Every person who has read my article "Software you must have —a list for Windows" knows that I recommend using Opera as your main Internet browser. I already explained there that I chose Opera because I find it really fully featured with its built-in e-mail client, download manager, torrent client, IRC chat or feed reader; not to mention its browsing speed, which is remarkable too.

However, I didn't mention what I did to make Opera work best for me. This article describes my current Opera configuration:

First changes

Starting from a fresh installation, first I hid the menu bar. This will make a new menu symbol appear on the top left side of the window, and gave me more space for viewing the web pages I surf. After all, that's what a browser is meant to do.

Next, I change my Speed Dial settings to twelve spaces. It's so convenient that other applications are already copying this idea for their browsers. Of course, you can use a different number of spaces if you wish.

Then, on the bookmarks menu, I remove the bookmarks that come with the installation.


In menu > tools > appearance (or just Shift+F12), you go to the appearance screen. On its first tab, you can change the skin and the colour scheme for the application. I usually use sand theme with the standard skin. You can change it ad lib.

In Panels, I choose right and deselect History and Downloads. You will notice why a little later.

I don't really use the status bar, so I turn it off in "toolbars".

In Buttons, I make the following changes:

I remove the home button right-clicking on it and selecting "remove from toolbar". I do the same with the password manager's key because I don't use it.

I think there is no need to keep the search bar on the right, so I remove it too. Opera allows you to carry out a search directly on the address bar, so there is no need to duplicate.

I add to my bar the Opera Link and the Check/Send email buttons. I drag them to the right side, but you can set their position to your own liking.

With this, my appearance options are ready and now it's time to check the Preferences. To access them, you can either click menu> tools> preferences or press control+F12.


The "preferences" tabs are pretty straightforward, so this should be fast. On the first tab, I check my preferred language, and in "Details...", I remove the countries I am not interested in. As for the home page, I choose my favourite site. Later, you visit it striking control+space bar.

In forms, I disable the password manager. If you are going to use it, fill the spaces in.

The search tab is to add, delete or edit your search engine configuration. It's self explanatory. I usually remove most and create my own surfing to the correct page and right-clicking on the search bar. The "create search..." option will appear towards the end of the menu. The next step is as easy as choosing a key letter and saving the change.

If you need ideas for searches, you can try:

+ Local and International Google search
+ Bing
+ Wikipedia in your mother tongue

I don't really change anything in the Web Pages tab. I'll skip it. After all, the last tab “ Advanced” has many things to change for me:

In browsing, I change to redraw instantly and unmark the "show scroll bars" box.

In downloads, I edit the .pdf file preference so that I will download the file before opening it.

In history, I made three changes: I ask the software to remember zero addresses but still remember their content. I have found that, with less things to store, my browser keeps faster. I also ask Opera to delete the disk cache on exit, and to check for new images every hour instead of five. You can make your own adjustments.

In connections, I disable "server name completion" unmarking the two boxes inside the option. In addition, I change the maximum number of connections up to 32 if the Internet speed is fast enough. If not, I just leave it on 20.

I leave the other options unaltered.

In the Opera’s configuration file

My last few changes are in Opera's configuration file. I start by opening a new tab and typing "opera:config".

Once there, search for turbo. Do you see a "turbo mode" box? Well, I unmark it and save.

Next, I search for "mail". Opera can handle my email quite well, but I find it more useful when I know where it is stored. That said, I change my "Mail Root Directory" to a location I can easily find. This way, it is easier for me to make backups.

After saving and restarting, my tweaking job is over.

Two final comments

If you wish to know why I deactivated the scroll bars in Opera, it is because I found that not knowing how long a web page is, allows me to read it in a more calmed manner. I know it is subjective, but it works.

As to why I turned the Turbo mode off, it is because it seems to force the browser to display all graphics twice: first, a sort of preview while the file is loading, and then the final version when it has downloaded in full. This seems to use more computer memory; while turning it off usually gives me an overall feeling of faster downloading speed.

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