Opera Software
  1. Toolbars
  2. Menus
  3. Panels
  4. Bookmarks
  5. Widgets
  6. Notes
  7. Content Blocking
  8. BitTorrent
  9. Display Modes
  10. Source Viewer
  11. Preferences
  12. Advanced Preferences
  13. Skins
  14. Keyboard Shortcuts
  15. Using the Mouse
  16. Using Voice
  17. E-mail and News
  18. Newsfeeds
  19. Chat
  20. Dialogs
  21. Backing Up Opera

Panels

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Introduction

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.

Web panels

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.

Example: Create panel with table of contents for Opera help

Bookmarks

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.

Learn more about bookmarks

Widgets

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.

Learn more about widgets

History

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.

Mail

This panel is only available if you have set up an e-mail account.

Learn more about Opera's news and e-mail client

Contacts

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

Contact properties

Press Alt+Enter to:

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.

Chat

This panel is only available if you have set up a chat account.

Learn more about Opera's chat client

Transfers

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.

Notes

The Notes panel can serve as a clipboard manager, a "to do" list, a template archive, and much more.

Read more about notes

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.

Info

The Info panel displays technical information about the current Web page.

Search

The Search panel contains search possibilities for various search engines and on-line services.

Windows panel

The Windows panel contains a tree-structured, clickable view of your open tabs and application windows.

Panel setup

To customize your panel setup, go to Tools > Appearance > Panels, 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.