Opera Software
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  3. Panels
  4. Speed Dial
  6. Opera Widgets
  7. Notes
  8. Opera Link
  9. Opera Turbo
  10. Opera Unite
  11. Content blocking
  12. Fraud Protection
  13. BitTorrent
  14. Display modes
  15. Developer tools
  16. Preferences
  17. Advanced Preferences
  18. Skins
  19. Keyboard shortcuts
  20. Using the mouse
  21. E-mail and news
  22. Feeds
  23. Chat
  24. Dialogs
  25. Auto-update
  26. Backing up Opera


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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:

To open a link in a new tab:

to open a link in a background tab:

and to close an active tab:

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.

Visual tabs

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:

Private 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:

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, select Tabs and Windows > New Private Tab from 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.

Private windows

If you prefer to use separate windows when browsing, rather than tabs, you can create a private window by selecting Tabs and Windows > New Private Window. Closing the window removes all traces of your browsing.

Tab context menu

Right-click a tab to see its context menu.

Tab preferences

Settings > Preferences > Advanced > Tabs

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

New tabs

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: