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

Opera Widgets

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Widgets are applications based on browser technology. There are widgets for just about any purpose: weather forecasts, games, clocks, dictionaries, media players, and much more.

Prior to Opera 10.50, widgets were intimately tied to the browser user interface. When you closed Opera, you closed your widgets. Opera Widgets is a technology that frees widgets from the browser user interface, and gives them the status of regular applications. With Opera Widgets, it is possible to open a widget without ever opening the browser. Opera must be installed, because a running widget depends on a widget engine, but otherwise the widget is on its own. To emphasize its status as a regular application, Opera makes the widget available through the applications menu, together with all your other applications.

Upgrading your widgets

If you were using widgets prior to Opera 10.50, and if you wish to retain your widget settings, you need to upgrade your widgets before you can continue using them. To do so, choose Widgets > Upgrade from the menu. If you you do not wish to retain your widget settings, or if there is any problem with the upgrade, you can reinstall your widgets.

Installing widgets

To find and install widgets, select Widgets > Get Widgets from the menu. Selecting this menu item takes you to widgets.opera.com, where a large number of widgets is available.

To install a widget, choose one, and click on the "Launch" button. The Widget Installation wizard opens, and guides you through the installation process. By default, the wizard creates entries under "Programs" in the Start Menu, on the desktop, and on the Quick Launch bar, together with other applications.

Uninstalling widgets

Removing a widget from the system is the same as removing any other application.

Context menu

You can drag and place widgets anywhere you want on your screen. The widget context menu makes possible some additional configuration:

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