The Opera browser layout

Opera 15 browser layout diagram
  1. Main menu
  2. Tab bar
  3. Navigation buttons (back, forward, refresh/stop, Speed Dial)
  4. Combined address and search bar
  5. Display window
main menu options

The main menu offers ways of interacting with the browser, including opening new tabs or browser windows, zooming, or viewing Opera pages, such as downloads, history, or settings. From this menu you can print, find help, or exit the browser.

The recently closed submenu will display a list of recently closed tabs. You can choose an entry and recover a tab you have closed.

The page submenu includes options for saving pages, such as adding the page to your Speed Dial or Stash.

The tab bar navigates between pages when you view more than one at a time. Click a page's tab to view its contents. To open a new tab, click the new tab button on the tab bar. For more information about using tabs, see 'Organizing multiple pages with tabs'.

The navigation buttons tell the browser where to go to view pages:

back buttonGo back one page.
forward buttonGo forward one page.
reload buttonReload the current page.
Speed Dial buttonView Speed Dial.

The combined address and search bar views websites and searches the web. You can type website addresses, for example http://www.opera.com, or search the web with key words, for example "Opera browser". You can read more in 'Navigate with the combined search and address bar'.

The display window shows the content of a page. Here you can interact with webpages by reading text, viewing pictures, clicking links, and more.

How to start browsing

To start browsing:

  • Type a URL (for example, 'www.opera.com') or a search term (for example, 'Opera browser') into the combined address and search bar.
  • Select a Speed Dial entry.
  • Or, click the Discover icon.