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Opera Turbo is a free service that speeds up browsing on slow connections. In the best case, it will make a dial-up connection more nearly resemble a broadband line. In cases where the connection speed is variable or in doubt, an automatic setting permits Opera itself to decide if Opera Turbo can be beneficial, and to act accordingly.
To use Opera Turbo, find the Opera Turbo icon on the lower left of the screen, on the left side of the status bar. Hover this icon, and it says "Opera Turbo Off". Click on it, and Opera Turbo is enabled. The icon turns green, and each time a page is loaded, information is displayed about the network savings. Clicking the Opera Turbo icon one more time turns it off again.
To configure Opera Turbo, click the drop-down arrow on the right side of the icon, and select "Configure". Three options are available:
- Enable Opera Turbo only when a slow network is detected
- Optimize pages with Opera Turbo so they load faster on slow networks
- Load pages normally, without Opera Turbo (default)
In case of doubt, select the "Automatic" setting. These options are available also in the Web Pages tab of Preferences.
The notification about network speed can be turned on or off via the checkbox marked "Notify me about network speed".
The technology behind Opera Turbo is a proxy server with server-side compression of Web pages. A compression rate of up to 80% can be achieved, in part by reducing the quality of images. If you want to view an image uncompressed, right-click on the image, and select "Reload Image in Full Quality".
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