Opera Help

Searching in Opera

Searching the web and searching within webpages is completely integrated in Opera.

Find in page

To find a specific word or phrase within a document, you have two main options:

  1. Go to Edit > Find or press +F to open the search bar.
  2. Press . (period), then start typing the search word or phrase to find as you type. If you press , (comma) instead, you will search only within the text of the links on the page.

All search results on the page will then be highlighted, and the first search result will be focused. You can press F3 (or +G) to move focus to the next search result.

Searching the web

There are multiple ways to make use of Opera's integrated searches.

  1. Type into the search field on the address bar, use the drop-down to find the desired search engine.
  2. Type into the address field itself, using the keyword for the specific search engine you want and a word or phrase to search for. For example type g "vampire slayer" to search Google for a vampire slayer.
  3. Select and Ctrl-click a word or phrase, and select a search engine from the context menu.

Custom searches

Opera comes with a useful set of default search engines, but you may want to add some of your own favorite searches to the mix.

To add a new search engine of your own choice, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the site that has the search you want.
  2. Ctrl-click the search field.
  3. Select "Create search" from the context menu.
  4. Edit the name of the search engine to your liking.
  5. Add a short keyword to be able to use the search engine directly from the address field, as described above.
  6. Click "OK", and the new search is added and can be used anywhere within Opera.

If you want to make the new search your default search engine, expand the dialog by clicking the "Details" button, and check the "Use as default search engine" box. To make it your default search engine on your Speed Dial, check "Use as Speed Dial search engine". Click "OK" to save the changes.

In the expanded dialog, you can also edit the search string directly and specify that the POST method should be used for this search.

Search preferences

To manage your searches, go to Opera > Preferences > Search. Here, you can change the keywords and search strings for existing searches, as well as delete searches you regret adding.

Related topics

See also: Search with Opera in the Introduction to Opera.