Opera Help

Email and news


Opera's news and email client is built-in to the Opera desktop browser, and is designed for speed, elegance, and user friendliness.

All messages you receive are automatically sorted by date. They are kept in a single database and can therefore appear in multiple views without copying and moving.

What you need to get started

To use Opera Mail, all you need is:

Import messages and set up Opera Mail

Follow this procedure to set up Opera Mail and import messages, contact information, and settings from other email clients:

  1. Select Mail and Chat Accounts.
  2. Click “Add” and select “Import email”.
  3. Select the email client to import from.
  4. If Opera has not located the correct folder, click “Choose” to select the folder the messages are located in.
  5. Select which account to import into; choose “New account” to import to a fresh account.
  6. Select whether to import settings, contacts, messages, or a combination.
  7. Click “Import” to start importing.

Imported messages are treated as follows:

Set up a new account

Follow this procedure to set up a brand new Opera Mail account without importing any old messages:

  1. Select Mail and Chat Accounts.
  2. Click “Add” and select the type of email account you want.
  3. Enter your name, email address, and optionally an organization you belong to.
  4. Enter your user (log-in) name and password (given to you by your service provider).
  5. Enter mail server information from your service provider, if not already completed for you.
  6. Click “Finish” to create the account.

Messages that are not already on your computer will then be downloaded from the mail server.

For more, see the tutorial.

Writing messages

You can also change the settings for the compose window. Click the “Settings” button at the top-right and choose from these actions:

For more, see the tutorial.

Reading messages

To sort listed messages, click the “Settings for this view” button at the top-right of the message list and choose an option.

Respond to a message

To respond to a message you received, you can use the toolbar above it to reply, forward, mark as read or spam, delete or label it. Alternatively, you can right-click it in the message list for more options.

Quick Reply helps you reply easily to messages by placing a message reply window directly below the message. To enable this, click the “Default Mail Settings” icon at the top-right of the message display and check “Show Quick Reply”.

For more, see the tutorial.

Organizing messages

The mail panel displays a tree of views that organize your messages. Note the following details about the view tree:


Creating your own labels

Opera Mail sorts messages automatically, but if you want to organize your messages even more, you can create your own labels. Each label shows as a separate view under the Labels category in the Mail panel for easy access. Top-level labels are created by Right-clicking anywhere inside the Mail panel and selecting “New Label”.

Label messages manually by clicking the Label icon and selecting from the default labels, or creating a new one. Alternatively, Right-click a displayed message and select “Label As”.

If you want Opera Mail to automatically sort your mail into particular labels, you can set up specific rules for message sorting. Each message can appear in as many views as you like. To edit the name of a label or the rules associated with it, right-click the label in the panel, and select “Properties” from the context menu.

For more, see the tutorial.


The spam view separates advertisements and unwanted messages from messages in other views. By default, Opera's internal spam filter is set to medium strength, and it will analyze messages that are added to and removed from it to continually improve its automated sorting.

The internal spam filter examines messages for suspicious content, missing sender address, and so forth. If too many questionable matters are found, the message is considered spam. You can change the spam filter settings by right-clicking “Spam” in the panel and selecting “Properties” from its context menu.

To quickly retrieve particular messages, type your search term into the search field above the message list. You can choose to search all messages or just a particular view, by selecting the button options offered. Click the “Save Search” button to save the search as a label so you can use it another time.

Opera Mail settings

To change the settings, you can use these icons:

Image Item Explanation
  • Default Mail Settings
Change overall layout, sorting, threading, and options for plain text, fit to width, Quick Reply or marking as read; changes are applied across all views in Opera Mail
  • Settings for This View
Change sorting, threading and categories for the selected view only; any changes are not applied to any other view
  • Show Message Thread
Display, follow or ignore threads, or mark threads as read

For more, see the tutorial.

Managing accounts

You can choose different settings for each of your accounts in Mail and Chat Accounts.


For more, see the tutorial.


Enter the email or news account information you received from your service provider, or contact them if you're missing information.


Low-bandwidth mode

Low-bandwidth mode is a setting on mail accounts that uses as little bandwidth as possible. For POP, this means that Opera does not fetch more than the first 100 lines of a message unless requested. For IMAP, Opera only synchronizes new messages and does not fetch attachments unless requested. This mode is not advised if you set a POP account to delete message after X days, as messages that are not completely downloaded will be removed from the server and you will not be able to retrieve the complete message.



You can also subscribe to newsgroups, which are online discussion forums focusing on a particular topic. By subscribing to a newsgroup, you will receive a message whenever an item for discussion is posted.

Subscribing to newsgroups

To subscribe to a newsgroup, set up a news account the same way you set up an email account.


Once you have an account set up for a particular news server, you can add more newsgroups by selecting Mail > Newsgroups from the main menu. For a newsgroup on another news server, you need to set up another newsgroup account.

Reading news

To read a newsgroup discussion, click the group you want to read under the "News" category header in your Mail panel. Reading and writing news articles is very similar to working with email messages. Note the following tips:

For more, see the tutorial.

Related topics

See also: Opera Mail tutorial