At Opera, we celebrate many events, but there’s one that we especially love, Halloween, because then we get to wear costumes. I’m currently dressed up as a “young person with daddy issues”. I want to share some tips to get you into the right Halloween mood.
Trick or treat Add a Halloween theme to your browser. Simply go to Opera extensions for Halloween themes and take your pick.
Add our favorite themes If you want to use an image you found online or that you made yourself – and, if you did, we would love to see it – then open the image, right-click and choose “Use Image as Theme”.
As I mentioned, we love Halloween at Opera. Here’s our lobby today:
We hope you have a great – or should I say: spooooky – Halloween!
Telenor Myanmar has partnered with us to deliver more affordable internet access to its subscribers. Users can now access local relevant content, including free Wikipedia and Facebook Zero, with just one click, by using the Opera Mini browser. In addition, the data-savings technology in Opera Mini means users can save up to 90% of data and save on their phone bills.
Take a look at the press event announcing this partnership through these tweets:
Everyone has different styles of searching online, including which search engine to use. Some of the most-recognized search engines are Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Wikipedia.
Do you prefer other search engines? Do you have a favorite that you wish you could use more easily? Here’s a tip: Add a custom search engine in Opera for computers.
Add your favorite search engine
To add a search engine in Opera for computers, simply visit the search provider’s site, right-click in the search bar and choose Create Search Engine.
You’ll see this message:
Give the engine a name and assign it a keyword. A keyword refers to a letter or short word that you can use to make searches even quicker. It’s like a nickname that reminds Opera which search engine you want to use. Choose something that’s easy to remember. We suggest a single letter. Click OK to add the search engine.
Search the web with your favorite engine Once you’ve added your preferred search engines, there are two easy ways to use them.
1. Select the icon from the address bar.
When you type the words you want to search in Opera’s address bar, you’ll notice different search engine icons at the bottom of the suggested searches. Click which one you want to use to search for results from that engine.
2. Use the keyword.
An even quicker way to search is using the keyword. If you want to search for shoes on Amazon, for example, you just need to write z, then space, then shoes.
Are there any other search engines you want to share to the other Opera users? Join the conversation by adding a comment below. We’re looking forward to your suggestions!
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Head over to Android Authority to learn more about the giveaway which ends on Friday, October 31st: http://opr.as/datahorror/.
Saving the stuff I find and like just got jazzed up with Operabookmarks.
It’s easier to remember and recognize which bookmark is which. And, I can choose however I want my bookmark folders to look like.
Bookmark by color Take, for example, bookmarking by color. My favorite color is red, so I save websites with a red layout, stories about the color red and images with a red theme.
Bookmark by interest Speaking of images, the internet is a treasure box of visual art – from publicly shared photos to digital artwork. A folder of photos I love is perfect in Opera’s bookmark manager. Going back to that folder is an enjoyable experience in itself because I see photo previews of the websites I’ve saved.
Bookmark by humor How about bookmarking by humor? Think funny animals. I have not yet decided if I’m a dog person or a cat person, but this doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy videos and photos of fluffy fun from pet owners around the world.
I’m on to my eighth bookmark folder. How about you? Have you used Opera bookmarks yet? How many folders do you have and what’s your style of bookmarking the web?
I like our new Opera bookmarks. I like the way I can organize my sites. And, I’m not just writing this because I work for Opera.
First, I like that I can add images to bookmarks, because it allows me to organize them in a new way. It has reinvigorated my urge to collect things. I find myself organizing pages with the same passion I had as a kid. I used to collect old sports cards. They were all put into folders. I had a folder dedicated to each team – Tottenham was my favorite. I had another for guys with mullets
What matters to me, and the reason why I like our new bookmarks feature, is that I get to choose how I organize things.
Bookmark pages in Opera It’s simple. I go to a page I like and click on the heart icon. Then, I can choose an image and put it in a folder. That’s it. Just like this:
Visual bookmarks in Opera 25
Organize pages in the bookmark manager It’s easy for me to open the bookmark manager and see my favorite sites presented as images. I can rearrange them by dragging and dropping, placing the important ones first, if I want. It’s my choice. I can also delete a bookmark or turn one into a Speed Dial entry.
Opera bookmark manager
Edit bookmarks I can add my own description to a bookmark, allowing me to personalize my bookmarks. I love that because I can search later to find them again. I never remember the original page title, but I know what I named it.
Edit Opera bookmarks
Keep it neat … or messy The way we organize is unique. What I think is messy, might be neat to you – and, vice versa. Now, I can view bookmarks either as a list or as a gallery of images. And I can organize them into folders – however I want. My bookmarks, my choice.
When I think back on moments, I can see them. That’s my way to remember. It’s the same for how I find things on the internet. All those videos, pictures or songs that I’ve discovered are visual memories for me.
Today, we introduce a new feature to Opera. A feature I’m personally very excited about. It’s bookmarks, but with a twist.
Here’s the twist: Visual bookmarks Bookmarks in other browsers save website addresses – you can organize them in folders, and you can edit the titles. That’s easy. But, making it look good too is what we do at Opera. And, this is how it looks:
Using Opera bookmarks Click the heart to bookmark a site. Take a look at how it works:
We hope you are as excited as we are with the new visual bookmarks in Opera for Windows and Mac. Thanks to everyone who tried the bookmarks in the beta channel and gave us their feedback. And, please remember that Opera for Linux is available in a beta version.
We’d love to hear from you about this new feature. Join in the discussion, below!
This week has been especially exciting for us, because we just launched the new bookmarks for Opera! And, to wrap up the week, we’re also joining this year’s first-ever Wroclaw Nonference co-organized by TechCrunch. Our Product Manager for Desktop Products, Zhenis Beisekov, will shed more light on the story behind the visual bookmarks in Opera for computers at the Wroclaw Nonference.
Opera innovation: Visual bookmarks The Wroclaw Nonference will host inspiring speakers from around the world. It will kick off at 10:00 on Saturday, October 18, and will be divided into four streams: Inspire, Innovate, Implement and Fund. No surprise, Opera will headline the Innovate stream.
The innovation focus for Opera’s presentation will be visual bookmarks, released yesterday in Opera 25. Browsers have gone through significant changes over the last 15 years. But, the way people save their favorite web content has remained more or less the same. Zhenis will explain why we decided to make bookmarks visual, and how this follows people’s habits.
Drop by if you’re in town!
Wroclaw, Poland, is a must-visit city, with Opera’s office right next to the beautiful market square. Almost 200 talented engineers work here on Opera for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, as well as the Opera TV Store, Opera Max and more. With top universities and a thriving IT industry, Wroclaw has become a natural host for technology events.
If you are nearby, join in the Wroclaw Nonference. Grab your ticket here.
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Share your horror stories on social media with the hashtags #DataHorrorStories and #OperaMax for your chance to win! The contest closes on October 31, 2014, at the strike of midnight, so get your entries in as soon as possible.
There are times when you don’t want your browsing history recorded. Like when you’re logging in to your email or social-media profiles using a friend’s computer or when you’re accessing your online bank in an internet café.
When you don’t want your online sessions recorded, remember to open a private window and browse from there. Once you’ve closed all the private windows after your browsing session, all internet history from them will be deleted.
Browse from a private window
It’s easy to open a private window in Opera for computers. You can either go through the menu: File > New Private Window. Or, you can use keyboard shortcuts: Ctrl+Shift+N for Windows and ⌘+Shift+N for Mac.
Easily recognize which window is private
Private windows in Opera for computers are also easier to recognize. If you’re multi-tasking and you also have a normal window open, you’ll know which window is private, because it’s darker than a normal window.
If you want to learn more about private windows, head on over to our help page. And, if you don’t have Opera for computers yet, it’s a free download. Try it today.