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Opera's panels, enabled by pressing F4 or by clicking the left edge of the Opera window, give you quick access to your bookmarks, contacts, browsing history, and much more.
To add the current page as a Web panel, click "Add Web panel", or click "Get Web panels" to go to the My Opera download section.
Some Web pages provide special links (rel="sidebar") that make it easy to add Web pages as panels.
All your bookmarks can be accessed and managed in the Bookmarks panel. If you have a large selection of bookmarks, use the "Quick find" field to quickly retrieve what you are looking for.
All your widgets can be accessed and managed in the Widgets panel. Use the "Add" drop-down button to download new widgets or create folders to organize your existing widgets.
Opera's history panel keeps a list of Web pages that you have recently visited. In Opera's History preferences, you can choose how many addresses to keep track of.
Tip: If you recall having visited an interesting site, but forgot to bookmark it, use the "Find" field in the History panel to locate it.
Click history entries to open them in the current tab, or hold Shift while clicking to open the entry in a new tab.
This panel is only available if you have set up an e-mail account.
Create contacts and store e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, chat nicknames, and postal addresses. This panel is only available if you have e-mail and/or chat enabled.
|Operation||How to do it|
|Create new contact||Click "Add"|
|Create folder for group of contacts||Click the drop-down arrow on the "Add" button, select "New folder"|
|Show messages associated with contact||Click contact|
|Make contact available at all times||Drag contact to any toolbar|
Press Alt+Enter to:
- Edit selected contact's name, e-mail address, home page address, chat nickname, postal address, and phone numbers.
- Write down notes about the contact.
- Select a picture (about 60x50 pixels) that you would like to associate with the contact.
- Select a small icon you would like to have displayed next to messages from the contact.
Tip: If you type the word "party" in the "Notes" field of your best friends, you can later type "party" in the "Quick find" field to find all those people, then drag and drop them into an e-mail to send a party invitation.
This panel is only available if you have set up a chat account.
Opera's transfer panel lets you monitor and control files being transferred between your computer and the Internet.
|Operation||How to do it|
|Download file linked to from a Web page||Click the link to the file or drag the link to the "Quick download" field|
|Download file||Enter file address in the "Quick download" field|
|Resume, stop, or repeat transfer of selected files||Click "Resume", "Stop", or "Retransfer"|
|Sort list of files||Click column headers|
Note: Not all Web sites support resuming of file transfers.
The Notes panel can serve as a clipboard manager, a "to do" list, a template archive, and much more.
The links panel extracts all links in the current Web page so you can easily find images, music, video clips, zip files and other downloads, as well as links to other pages.
Example: Type "mp3" in the "Quick find" field to find all mp3 files on the page.
Tip: Click the "Lock" button to keep the current list of links even if you browse to other pages.
The Info panel displays technical information about the current Web page.
The Search panel contains search possibilities for various search engines and on-line services.
The Windows panel contains a tree-structured, clickable view of your open tabs and application windows. If you detach a page from the application window, you can merge it back by dragging it into the windows panel.
To customize your panel setup, go to, or right-click a panel and select "Customize".
From the list of available panels, select which ones to display and which ones to hide. Note that the "Mail", "Chat", and "Contacts" options will be grayed out if e-mail or chat accounts have not been set up.
You can also select whether and where to display panels.
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