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


Press Page Down and Page Up to switch slides

Multiple Web documents and messaging views are accessible as tabs on the tab bar.

There are numerous ways to open a new tab:

and to open a link in a new tab:

and to close an active tab:

To recover a closed tab, open the trash can on the right side of the tab bar, and select the tab.

Tabs can be rearranged on the tab bar by dragging and dropping them.

Tab context menu

Right-click a tab to see its context menu.

Tab preferences

Preferences > Advanced > Tabs

The preferences let you tweak Opera's tab setup to your liking.

When cycling through tabs with Ctrl + Tab

By holding the Ctrl key and repeatedly pressing Tab, you can cycle through all the tabs you have open within the Opera workspace. This setting allows you to choose what order the tabs should be cycled in, and whether you want to see the list of open tabs while you are cycling through them.

Cycle in recently used order
The default setting places the recently used tabs at the top of the list
Cycle in tab bar order
This setting lists the tabs in the order that they appear on the tab bar
Cycle without showing list
This setting uses tab bar order, but does not show the list

Show thumbnails in tab cycle

Check "Show thumbnails in tab cycle" to display a thumbnail of the selected tab in the tab cycle.

When closing a tab

Activate the last active tab
The default setting returns focus to the most recently used tab
Activate the next tab
This setting returns focus to the next tab on the tab bar
Activate first tab opened from current tab
This setting returns focus to tabs created from within the closed tab

Reuse current tab

When you open an item from the panels, such as a bookmark, the default action is to open the document in the current tab. If you prefer such items to be opened in a new tab, uncheck "Reuse current tab".

Open new tab next to active

By default, new tabs are added at the end of the tab bar. Check "Open new tab next to active" if you want new tabs to appear next to the active tab on the tab bar.

Show thumbnails when hovering tabs

By default, a thumbnail of the page is shown when hovering a tab. To disable this behavior, uncheck "Show thumbnails when hovering tabs".

Additional tab options

New tabs

The "New tabs" setting lets you decide how much size a new tab should take up when opened. If you always want to use the whole workspace for viewing tabs, leave the setting as "Always maximize".

Allow window with no tabs

By default, an Opera application window must have at least one tab. Choose "Allow window with no tabs" to permit a window with zero tabs.

Click on tab to minimize

By default, clicking the active tab on the tab bar has no consequence. You can minimize the active tab if you check "Click on tab to minimize".

Show close button on each tab

By default, a close button is displayed on each tab. Uncheck "Show close button on each tab" to remove the close buttons.

Open windows instead of tabs

By default, new tabs open within a single Opera application window. Select "Open windows instead of tabs" to make new tabs open in a separate window.

Multiple Document Interface

Opera defaults to a an easy-to-use tabbed browsing setup. However, Opera is also a full-fledged MDI application, and all tabs can be resized, juxtaposed, tiled, and cascaded.

For the look and feel of "classic" MDI: