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Organize multiple pages with tabs

Opera can organize multiple pages into one browsing window using tabs, which are designed to resemble paper filing tabs. Tabs allow you to interact with many pages simultaneously without closing a page until you are ready.

To open a new tab, click the + button on the tab bar.

Preview a tab's contents

You can optionally hover your mouse over a tab to preview its contents without changing focus from the current page. Previewing tabs is helpful if you have many open. You can enable tab previews in Opera's preferences. To enable or disable tab previews:

  1. Select Opera > Preferences.
  2. Click Browser on the sidebar.
  3. Under User interface, tick the Show tab previews checkbox.

Close tabs

To close a tab, hover your mouse over the tab and click the X button. To close all tabs, except your current tab, Ctrl+click the current tab and select Close Other Tabs.

Pin tabs

You can prevent Opera from closing tabs accidentally or prioritize important pages by pinning tabs. A pinned tab does not close. To pin or unpin a tab to the tab bar, Ctrl+click the tab and select Pin Tab/Unpin Tab. When pinned, the tab will move to the left side of the tab bar where it can be accessed quickly.

Manage tabs

If you'd like an open tab to be housed in a separate window, simply drag and drop the tab off the tab bar. Tabs can be dragged between open windows, as well.

If you'd like to open a copy of a page in a new tab, Ctrl+click the tab and select Clone Tab.

You can save all open tabs in a window as a folder of Speed Dial entries. Ctrl+click the tab bar and select Save Tabs as Speed Dial Folder.

Reopen tabs or view synced tabs with the tab menu

If you like to have a large number of tabs open, the tab menu can better help you manage, view, and open the tabs you're looking for.

The tab menu appears on the right side of the tab bar. Click the tab menu to see a list of recently-closed tabs and open tabs from all your synced devices.

You can interact with the tab menu using your keyboard. Press Ctrl+M to open or close the tab menu. Use the arrow keys to navigate the tab list. Press Enter to open an entry from the list.

To make the most of the tab menu, you may wish to enable tab previews.

Find text on the page

Opera can search through the text on a page and find keywords for you. To find text on a page, press +F on your keyboard.

Found words are highlighted in green as you search. If more than one instance of the word exists on the page, they will be highlighted in yellow and a count will appear in the search field. To navigate between instances, click the left and right arrows.

Browse faster on slow networks with Opera Turbo

Opera Turbo saves bandwidth and compresses data while you browse. It will speed up your browsing experience on slow network connections.

To enable or disable Opera Turbo, click Opera > Opera Turbo. Read more about Opera Turbo.

Browse longer with battery saver

Battery saver makes it possible to browse longer when your laptop is unplugged, as demonstrated in the following time-lapse performance test.

Left: battery saver ON, ad blocker ON / Right: battery saver OFF, ad blocker OFF

The first time your laptop's power cable is unplugged, the battery saver icon appears next to the search and address field, together with a tip: Save battery and browse longer! If you accept the offer, battery saver is activated every time your laptop is unplugged. If you have not previously enabled ad blocker, you are encouraged to do so; battery saver works somewhat better when you also block ads.

If you click on the battery saver icon, a dialog appears with an on/off switch, a link to the battery saver options in Preferences, and an estimate of the time remaining.

So how does battery saver work? The secret is that the browser avoids doing more work than it has to, reducing activity in background tabs, pausing plug-ins and animations, rescheduling JavaScript timers, and tuning video-playback parameters. If you're playing online video games, you might want to switch it off.

Read more about battery saver

View more options with context menus

Context menus appear when you Ctrl+click a part of a webpage. A different menu will appear depending on the element type: page, text, link, or image.

The page context menu appears when you Ctrl+click a part of a webpage where there are no links, images, or text. This menu provides you with navigation options (go back, forward or reload the page), options for saving the page as a Speed Dial entry or bookmark, viewing the source code of the page, and more.

The link context menu appears when you Ctrl+click a link and lets you decide how to open or save the linked page or address.

The image context menu appears when you Ctrl+click an image and contains multiple options for opening, copying, and saving the image.

When you Ctrl+click an image that has a link, a menu will appear that combines items from both the image and link menus.

Make text more readable by zooming

Opera's zooming functionality allows you to read small fonts more easily. To zoom, select View > Zoom In/Zoom Out.

You can set the zoom by default, if you would like all webpages you visit to be zoomed in or out. To set the default zoom:

  1. Select Opera > Preferences.
  2. Click Websites on the sidebar.
  3. Under Display, click the Page zoom drop-down menu.
  4. Select how small or large you would like the page to be zoomed.

After you set the page zoom, pages will zoom to the default size when you open them. If you have tabs already open, reload them to view the page at your new default size.

Get back more screen space with full-screen and presentation modes

Opera lets you browse with more screen by giving you the option to browse with full-screen and presentation modes. Full-screen mode hides the menu bar from view but keeps your tab bar, and the combined address and search bar visible.

To turn full-screen mode on or off, go to View > Enter/Exit Full Screen.

Presentation mode will hide all menus and toolbars, allowing the page to fill the entire screen. This is particularly useful when projecting your screen.

To turn presentation mode on or off, go to View > Enter/Exit Presentation Mode.

In either of these modes, you can access your menu bar by hovering your mouse at the top of your screen. Each can be exited by pressing Esc.

Display video in a separate frame, always on top

Video pop out allows you to watch a video at the same time as you are doing other things. Go to a video page, and run the video. When you hover your mouse over the video, you should see a pop-out button at the top of the video frame. Click the button, and the video detaches from the page. Now you can switch to another tab or even another application, and the video floats on top until you dismiss it.