Navigate with the combined search and address bar

combined address and search bar overview

The combined search and address bar:

  • Navigates your browser to web addresses you type (for example, 'www.opera.com').
  • Allows you to query popular search engines and websites, like Google and Amazon.
  • Shows you information about pages you visit (for example, 'Secure connection').
  • Lets you quickly save content to your Speed Dial or Stash.

Predictive search suggestions appear below the combined search and address bar as you type, and can be filtered by search engine tabs on the lower-right.

predictive search results

Organize multiple pages with tabs

tab bar overview

Opera can organize multiple pages into one browsing window using tabs, which are designed to resemble paper filing tabs.

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

To close a tab, hover your mouse over the tab and click the close/delete button. To close all tabs, except your current tab, right-click the tab bar and select 'Close Other Tabs'.

You can reopen tabs you've closed. From the main menu, hover over 'Recently close' and click an entry.

You can save all open tabs in a window for later viewing. Right-click the tab bar and select 'Save Tabs as a Speed Dial Group'.

Search the web using text on the page

Text on the page can be used as a phrase to search the web. If you are reading an article and want to quickly search for an unfamiliar term, or if you are curious what others have written about a subject, Opera can query search engines based on text you highlight.

To search the web for text you find on a page:

  1. Highlight the text.
  2. Right-click the highlighted text.
  3. Select 'Search' to use your default search engine, or 'Search With' to use another search engine.

Find text on the page

find on page bar

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

Found words are highlighted in orange 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. Your scroll bar will place yellow markers on where in the page the keyword has been found.

Context menus

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

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

The link context menu appears when you right-click a link and lets you decide how to open or save the linked document or address.

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The image context menu appears when you right-click an image and contains multiple options for opening, copying, and saving the image. Select "Image properties" to get all available metadata on the currently selected image.

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

The form context menu appears when you right-click inside a form field. It holds a number of text editing options as well as the option to insert personal information from the Forms preferences and notes. Select "Check spelling" to perform a spelling check on all content in the current form field.

Make text more readable by zooming

Opera's zooming functionality allows you to read small fonts more easily.

To zoomfrom the main menu, click the left or right arrows next to the word Zoom. Click the target to reset the page zoom to 100%. Pressing Ctrl++ or Ctrl+- on the keyboard will also zoom.

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

  1. From the main menu, select 'Settings'.
  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

Opera lets you browse with more screen by giving you the option to browse in full-screen mode. Full-screen mode removes the menu bar from view.

To turn full-screen mode on or off from the main menu, select Page > Full Screen or press F11 from your keyboard.