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Command the browser with your mouse

Opera's mouse gestures let you perform common browsing actions with quick, small mouse movements.

To enable or disable mouse gestures:

  1. Select Opera > Preferences.
  2. Click Browser in the sidebar.
  3. Under Shortcuts, tick the Enable mouse gestures checkbox.
Note: Enabling mouse gestures while using a Magic Mouse or trackpad can cause unpredictable behavior.

Mouse gestures work by holding the right mouse button, moving the mouse a certain direction, then letting go of the button. With practice, navigating with the mouse can become fast and efficient.

Navigate with mouse gestures

The following mouse gestures work when clicking the empty space of pages.

Action Gesture
Illustration Description of mouse movement
Go back one page Move mouse to the left gesture Move left
Go forward one page Move mouse to the right gesture Move right
Open a new tab Move mouse downward gesture Move down
Reload the page Move mouse upwards, then downwards gesture Move up, then down
Close current tab Move mouse downward, then to the right gesture Move down, then right

The following mouse gestures work when clicking links on a page.

Action Gesture
Illustration Description of mouse movement
Open a link in a background tab Move mouse up, then down gesture Move down, then up
Open a link in a new tab Move mouse downward gesture Move down
Open a link in a new window Shift ⇧ + Move mouse downward gesture Move down, holding shift

Go backward and forward through a tab's history with rocker gestures

When you enable rocker gestures, you can navigate backwards and forwards through pages by rocking your fingers between the right and left mouse buttons. Simply click and hold one button, click the other, then release the first before releasing the second. With a little practice, you can speed through this gesture.

To enable or disable rocker gestures:

  1. Select Opera > Preferences.
  2. Click Browser in the sidebar.
  3. Under Shortcuts, tick the Enable rocker gestures checkbox.

Rock right to left to navigate backward, and left to right to navigate forward.

Note: Enabling rocker gestures while using a Magic Mouse or trackpad can cause unpredictable behavior.

Navigate faster with keyboard shortcuts

You can browse a lot faster using the keyboard. Opera allows you to customize browsing actions to your own keyboard combinations. To customize your keyboard shortcuts:

  1. Select Opera > Preferences.
  2. Click Browser on the sidebar.
  3. Under Shortcuts, click the Configure Shortcuts button.

Here's an overview of the available keyboard shortcuts and their default keyboard combinations:

Command the browser

Action Shortcut
Open Downloads page +J
Open Extensions page +Shift ⇧+E
Open History page +Shift ⇧+H
Open local file +O
Open location +L
Open Preferences page +,
Print current page +P
Quit Opera +Q
Save a page locally +S

Find text on the page

Action Shortcut
Find on page +F
Find next +G
Find previous +Shift ⇧+G
Action Shortcut
Cycle forward through page elements Tab ⇥
Cycle back through page elements Shift ⇧+Tab ⇥
Go forward one page +
Go back one page +
Go to bottom of page +
Go to top of page +
Page down Space
Page up Shift ⇧+Space
Reload the current page +R
View current page source +U

Control tabs and windows

Action Shortcut
Activate tab menu Ctrl+M
Close current tab/window +W
Cycle forward through open tabs Ctrl+Tab ⇥
Cycle back through open tabs Shift ⇧+Ctrl+Tab ⇥
Cycle through open windows +`
Minimize a window +M
Open new tab +T
Open new window +N
Open new private window +Shift ⇧+N
Reopen last closed tab +Shift ⇧+T
Toggle tab menu Ctrl+M
View previous active tab Ctrl+`

Manipulate text

Action Shortcut
Copy +C
Cut +X
Paste +V
Select all +A
Undo +Z
Redo +Shift ⇧+Z

Zoom in and out

Action Shortcut
Enter full-screen mode Ctrl+Shift ⇧+F
Enter presentation mode +Shift ⇧+F
Zoom in ++
Zoom out +-
Reset zoom to 100% +0

Use and configure advanced keyboard shortcuts

Single-key and alternatively-configured shortcuts are available by enabling advanced keyboard shortcuts. To do this:

  1. Select Opera > Preferences.
  2. Click Browser in the sidebar.
  3. Under Shortcuts, tick the Enable advanced keyboard shortcuts checkbox.
Action Shortcut
Cycle left through tabs 1
Cycle right through tabs 2
View previous tab Ctrl+`
Find on page /
Go back one page Z
Go forward one page X
Zoom in +
Zoom in more 8
Zoom out -
Zoom out more 7
Reset zoom to 100% 6