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Convert measurements, currencies and time zones in Opera 48

Opera 48 has arrived with new and improved features. Leading the list is the search pop up tool with currency converter, now enriched with unit and time zone converters, making it simple and easy to translate unfamiliar measurements on the spot. Moreover, with the new snapshot tool, Opera lets you capture favorite parts of the web.

Plus, we’ve added the option to remove unwanted autocomplete suggestions in the search and address bar, cleaned up menus, allowed importing bookmarks from Edge and Yandex and sharpened the interface for HiDPI screens

Easier search

Opera’s search pop up tool is a super convenient feature that allows you to search or copy (or share if you’re on a Mac) the text you highlight on a web page. With just one click, your highlighted text opens a new tab and is queried in your default search engine. (To change your default search engine, both in the search pop up and your address bar, go to Settings (Preferences on Mac) > Browser > Search and select your engine).

Convert measurements, time zones and currencies

Planning to make a seasoned craft beer for the winter, but don’t know how much 4 oz of yeast is in grams? Or, unsure if your 20 cm x 30 cm poster from Paris fits a 10″ x 16″ frame from California? How much is that flight in Swiss francs if it’s $899 AUD? Travelling and don’t know how far 258 mi is? Need to check what time locally your hometown football club is playing at a 20:00 GMT kickoff?

A simple highlight of these strange values in Opera will convert them into a familiar and practical form.

We enhanced the search pop up tool when we introduced the currency converter and now, starting today we are adding units of measurement and time zone converters.Today’s Opera 48 release adds 16 units of measurements and 14 time zones along with the 32 already available currencies ready to be converted. Just like the search pop up tool, all you need to do is highlight the value and its converted number will be seen in the pop up. This number can be copied to your clipboard for easy pasting later on.

Below are all the convertible units, time zones and currencies in Opera 48. If you wish to learn more or test out the converters, visit our beta release blog.


  1. lb ⇄ kg
  2. °F ⇄ °C
  3. oz ⇄ g
  4. mph ⇄ km/h
  5. mpg ⇄ l/100km
  6. gal ⇄ l
  7. qt ⇄ l
  8. fl ⇄ ml
  9. mi ⇄ km
  10. yd ⇄ m
  11. ft ⇄ m
  12. in ⇄ cm
  13. kW ⇄ hp
  14. lb ft ⇄ Nm

Times zones are converted to your system’s time settings.

  1. PST / PDT: Pacific Standard / Daylight Time
  2. MST / MDT: Mountain Standard / Daylight Time
  3. CST / CDT: Central Standard / Daylight Time
  4. EST / EDT: Eastern Standard / Daylight Time
  5. AST / ADT: Atlantic Standard Time / Daylight Time
  6. NST / NDT: Newfoundland Standard Time / Daylight Time
  7. GMT: Greenwich Mean Time
  8. BST: British Summer Time
  9. MET: Middle Europe Time
  10. CET / CEST: Central Europe Time / Daylight (Summer) Time
  11. EET / EEST: Eastern Europe Time / Daylight (Summer) Time
  12. WET / WEST: Western Europe Time / Daylight (Summer) Time
  13. JST: Japan Standard Time
  14. KST: Korean Standard Time
  15. IST: Indian Standard Time
  16. MSK: Moscow Standard Time

Currencies: To select your preferred currency – which all foreign currencies will be converted into – go to Settings (Preferences on Mac) > Browser > User Interface and select one of the below currencies under the “On text selection convert currency to” drop down menu.

  1. AUD – Australian Dollar
  2. BGN – Bulgarian Lev
  3. BRL – Brazilian Reals
  4. CAD – Canadian Dollar
  5. CHF – Switzerland Francs
  6. CNY – Chinese Yuan
  7. CZK – Czech Koruna
  8. DKK – Danish Krone
  9. EUR – Euros
  10. GBP – British Pounds
  11. HKD – Hong Kong Dollar
  12. HRK – Croatian Kuna
  13. HUF – Hungarian Forint
  14. IDR – Indonesian Rupiah
  15. ILS – Israeli New Shekel
  16. INR – Indian Rupee
  17. JPY – Japanese Yen
  18. KRW – South Korean Won
  19. MXN – Mexican Peso
  20. MYR – Malaysian Ringgit
  21. NOK – Norwegian Krone
  22. NZD – New Zealand Dollar
  23. PHP – Philippine Peso
  24. PLN – Polish Zloty
  25. RON – Romanian Leu
  26. RUB – Russian Ruble
  27. SEK – Swedish Krona
  28. SGD – Singapore Dollar
  29. THB – Thai Baht
  30. TRY – Turkish Lira
  31. USD – United States Dollar
  32. ZAR – South African Rand

Snapshot – capture your favorite parts of the web

The snapshot tool makes its way into Opera 48 after being incubated in our Opera Neon concept browser, released earlier this year. The tool can be fired up from menu, the sidebar by clicking on the camera icon or by hitting the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + 5 (macOS: ⌘ + ⇧ + 5).

After initiating snapshot, an adjustable frame will pop onto your screen, allowing you to frame exactly what you want to capture. This frame can even scroll down the page if you wish to capture more than the currently visible area. You can also quickly create a new selection by clicking and dragging the area outside the current selection, making for easy reframing. There’s also a handy ‘Capture Full Screen’ shortcut button which snaps all that you see on your monitor, useful when you want to quickly share what you see.

All the images you capture from the browser can be saved locally onto your system as a .png image or temporarily copied to your clipboard.

We have more in store for this feature, so stay tuned.

Clean up unwanted suggestions

The autocomplete feature can be helpful when we regularly visit (or can’t quite remember the complete address of) a particular site, but there can be some entries or suggestions which we want to get rid of. For Windows and Linux platforms, Opera 48 allows you to delete URL history suggestions for web pages or search entries from being completed in the combined search and address bar. Whether that’s a mistyped search or a page you want to forget about, you can now get rid of it with just one click.

Deletable search or page URLs will have an ‘X’ on the far-right end of the entry in the search and address bar dropdown menu. No longer will you have to dig through your history log to delete these entries.

O-Menu cleaned up

Throughout the development of Opera 48, we reorganized and cleaned up items in the O-Menu in a more logical order. For instance, all bookmark-related actions, such as importing and exporting, can be found in the bookmarks submenu.

Under History, we added your Recently Closed Tabs for additional ease to return to your closed pages. All extensions and developer options are put in their respective sections in the menu.

Import bookmarks from Edge and Yandex

Speaking of bookmarks, you are now able to import them from Edge and Yandex and into your Opera browser. The two browsers have been added to our list of supported browsers and their bookmarks and other content. Here is the complete list of where you can import your data from:

  1. Google Chrome
  2. Mozilla Firefox
  3. Microsoft Edge
  4. Microsoft Internet Explorer
  5. Safari
  6. Yandex
  7. Bookmarks from an HTML file

Sharpening the view and preparing for the High Sierra update

As more and more HiDPI displays become prevalent and affordable, it’s important for browser interfaces to stay sharp and presentable. Throughout the development of Opera 48, a number of fixes and improvements were made for the interface, buttons and icons in Opera. Several animation clean ups were made to give this browser the sharpest look yet, perfect also for the arrival of the updated High Sierra OS for Macs.

Engine updated

Opera 48 runs on the tuned-up version of Chromium version 61. Amongst various changes, this version supports JavaScript modules, which helps to unify the way modular JavaScript can be written. Pages can now also request to clear cookies, caches and other data associated with it by sending a new HTTP header. In addition to functional changes, it delivers improved stability and security.

The full changelog.

Installation links

Currency conversion is based on the reference rates reported by the European Central Bank (“ECB”) using EURO as its base currency. According to the ECB, its reference rates are updated on working days, excluding TARGET closing days (generally Saturday, Sunday and certain holidays). The ECB’s reference rates are based on a regular daily concertation procedure between central banks across Europe. Rates are not verified by Opera and you should confirm current rates with your financial institution before engaging in any transaction. You can learn more about the ECB’s policy and exchange rates here.





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