If you’re new to Opera, welcome! Fine-tune your Opera browser with a few easy-to-use advanced settings and get more out of your online experiences.

 Learn about advanced settings in Opera

It’s easy to find Opera’s advanced settings:

  1. From the main menu, select Settings (Opera > Preferences on Mac).
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and check the box labeled Show advanced settings.

Here are some of the key advanced settings that will open up:

Delay loading background tabs

We prioritize making Opera a fast browser and implement a lot of improvements to make this happen. If you want your browser to start up quicker, consider delaying background tabs from loading. Check this box (under the On startup heading) and only the active tab from your previous session will load when Opera starts up. The content in your background tabs will load when you view them.

Customize your Speed Dial

You can change the look of your Speed Dial with the advanced settings found under the Start page heading. Choose a maximum number of columns for entries on your Speed Dial (between 3 and 11) to make the most of your screen space. This can be especially helpful if you are looking to organize a long list of Speed Dial entries.

View complete locations

Show and quickly manipulate the full path of URLs while you browse by checking the advanced setting Show full URL in combined search and address bar. This option appears under User interface.

Get a little extra on Windows

In response to requests from some of our attentive Windows fans, we added the option to Disable tab bar’s top spacing when browser window is maximized under the User Interface heading. This removes the gap between the tabs and the edge of the screen, so literally not a single pixel of the screen space is wasted.

Pump the brakes on slower machines

If you use a computer that’s not very powerful, you might choose to disable hardware acceleration. Uncheck Use hardware acceleration when available under the System heading and Opera won’t use the capacity of your graphics card for loading content faster.

We hope that these little extras will help you make your Opera experience even better. Enjoy browsing!

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  • hey Kendra , thanks a lot dear – you are best

  • senja1

    And Konami Code for unlocking power user settings.

  • Lee Kok Wai

    Oh yeah. You are the best. Cheers..

    • Ali Usof

      feacebook addjust my opera acount please?

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  • Albertjunderwood

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  • Joel Granger

    Kendra, great tips.

  • Gerry H

    Opera is a fast browser, but unfortunately the bookmark manager is something from outer space. I’m about to leave Opera because of it’s very poor BM MGR !

    • Sumit Malwadkar

      Try Xmarks.

  • rbq

    Tried the latest version again, sadly there is still no option to disable the phone-home anti-features (auto-updating, sitecheck, …). Any recommendation what to use as a replacement for Opera 12?

  • ersağ üyelik : I hope that these little extras will help you make your Opera experience even better. Enjoy browsing!

  • Tayyab Aries

    Hey! Kendra I want to block some ads and sites, pointed out by my McAfee, which are keep showing whenever I click once or twice something as kind of side products. I tried Internet help to block some ads and sites on opera, but, those steps and buttons they’ve mentioned, are not available on this New Desktop Version of Opera Settings. Kindly help me out!

    • Ruth_opera

      Hey Tayyab, are you using an ad blocking extension such as Ad Block Plus? It helped me out a lot with the pesky ads 😛

      • Tayyab Aries

        Thank You! It worked. 🙂

        • Ruth_opera

          You’re very welcome 🙂 happy browsing

  • psc

    How to make twitter.com play videos in Opera 37.0.2142.0a (Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS (x86_64; Unity))?

  • been using Opera for a while and enjoyed it. Of late I’ve had to use Youtube more and more for a project I’m working on. Unfortunately I can’t read text via youtube using Opera. This issue does not exist with Firefox or IE – without any adjustments at all. Even enlarged Opera is not legible…unless this can be remedied its time to move to a new browser.