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Multiple Web documents and messaging views are accessible as tabs on the tab bar.
There are numerous ways to open a new tab:
- from the menu, select
- use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + T
- click the plus icon ("+") on the tab bar
- double-click the tab bar
To open a link in a new tab:
- Right-click a link, and select from the context menu
- Shift-click a link
to open a link in a background tab:
- Right-click a link, and select from the context menu
- Ctrl-Shift-click a link
- middle-click a link (Shift-middle-click for middle-click options menu)
and to close an active tab:
- use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + W
- click the close icon ("X") on the tab
- Shift-click the tab, or middle-click it
To recover a closed tab, click on the "Closed Tabs" icon on the right side of the tab bar, and select the tab. Note that you cannot recover closed private tabs.
Tabs can be rearranged on the tab bar by dragging and dropping them. You can reposition the tab bar using the tab context menu.
Attention state indicator
At the top, right of a tab, a small blue dot indicates that a Web page has new content that you have not yet viewed.
To more easily identify your tabs, you may choose to display them as thumbnails. Find the drag handle marked by three dots on the bottom of the tab bar. You can expand the tabs to display them as larger thumbnails by either middle clicking or double clicking the drag handle. Middle or double click the handle again to collapse them back into plain tabs. Alternatively, drag the handle with your mouse to display the thumbnails in an intermediate size.
If you do not want the visual tabs and drag handle to display, you can disable this option in one of several ways:
- go to and deselect "Enable thumbnails in tabs"
- right-click the tab bar, select "Customize" from the context menu, and deselect "Enable thumbnails in tabs"
- go to , select the tab bar, and deselect "Enable thumbnails in tabs"
To browse without leaving any trace of the Web sites you visit, you can use a private tab. This is especially useful if you are using someone else's computer, or planning a surprise that you want to keep secret. When you close a private tab, the following data related to the tab is deleted:
- browsing history
- items in cache
A closed private tab cannot be recovered from the "Closed Tabs" drop-down on the right side of the tab bar.
While private tabs do not leave any record of the Web sites you visit, if you deliberately save data, for example, if you save a bookmark, or download a file, it will still be visible after the tab is closed.
Create a private tab
To create a private tab, selectfrom the menu. Alternatively, right-click the tab bar and select "New Private Tab" from the context menu.
Close a private tab
Close a private tab in the same way as a normal tab. To close all the private tabs you have open at once, right-click a tab and select "Close All Private Tabs" or use the Ctrl+Shift+Q keyboard shortcut.
If you prefer to use separate windows when browsing, rather than tabs, you can create a private window by selecting. Closing the window removes all traces of your browsing.
Tab context menu
Right-click a tab to see its context menu.
|New Tab||Opens a new tab|
|Clone Tab||Opens a copy of the current tab, retaining its history|
|Create Follower Tab||Opens a background tab. Any link you click in the current tab will open in the follower tab|
|New Private Tab||Opens a private tab|
|Pin Tab||Protects the tab from being closed, particularly useful for chat sessions|
|Restore||Restores tab to its original size and position|
|Close||Closes the current tab|
|Close All||Closes all tabs|
|Close All but Active||Closes all tabs except the current tab|
|Close All Private Tabs||Closes all private tabs|
|Detach||Moves the tab from the tab bar to a separate window|
|Tab Bar Placement||Moves the tab bar to the top (default), bottom, right, or left of the browser window|
|Arrange||Resizes and rearranges all tabs according to options in the submenu|
|Customize...||Customize the tab bar|
The preferences let you tweak Opera's tab setup to your liking.
When cycling through tabs with Ctrl + Tab
By holding the Ctrl key and repeatedly pressing Tab, you can cycle through all the tabs you have open within the Opera workspace. This setting allows you to choose what order the tabs should be cycled in, and whether you want to see the list of open tabs while you are cycling through them.
- Cycle in recently used order
- The default setting places the recently used tabs at the top of the list
- Cycle in tab bar order
- This setting lists the tabs in the order that they appear on the tab bar
- Cycle without showing list
- This setting uses tab bar order, but does not show the list
Show thumbnails in tab cycle
Check "Show thumbnails in tab cycle" to display a thumbnail of the selected tab in the tab cycle.
When closing a tab
- Activate the last active tab
- The default setting returns focus to the most recently used tab
- Activate the next tab
- This setting returns focus to the next tab on the tab bar
- Activate first tab opened from current tab
- This setting returns focus to tabs created from within the closed tab
Reuse current tab
When you open an item from the panels, such as a bookmark, the default action is to open the document in the current tab. If you prefer such items to be opened in a new tab, uncheck "Reuse current tab".
Open new tab next to active
By default, new tabs are added at the end of the tab bar. Check "Open new tab next to active" if you want new tabs to appear next to the active tab on the tab bar.
Show thumbnails when hovering tabs
By default, a thumbnail of the page is shown when hovering a tab. To disable this behavior, uncheck "Show thumbnails when hovering tabs".
Enable thumbnails in tabs
See Visual tabs.
Additional tab options
The "New tabs" setting lets you decide how much size a new tab should take up when opened. If you always want to use the whole workspace for viewing tabs, leave the setting as "Always maximize".
Allow window with no tabs
By default, an Opera application window must have at least one tab. Choose "Allow window with no tabs" to permit a window with zero tabs.
Click on tab to minimize
By default, clicking the active tab on the tab bar has no consequence. You can minimize the active tab if you check "Click on tab to minimize".
Show close button on each tab
By default, a close button is displayed on each tab. Uncheck "Show close button on each tab" to remove the close buttons.
Open windows instead of tabs
By default, new tabs open within a single Opera application window. Select "Open windows instead of tabs" to make new tabs open in a separate window.
Multiple Document Interface
Opera defaults to a an easy-to-use tabbed browsing setup. However, Opera is also a full-fledged MDI application, and all tabs can be resized, juxtaposed, tiled, and cascaded.
For the look and feel of "classic" MDI:
- Enable "Allow window with no tabs".
- Disable "Show close buttons on tabs" to display minimize/maximize, restore, and close buttons on the right end of the menu bar.
- Enable "Click on tabs to minimize".
- In the Browsing preferences, select "Show window menu".
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