Enable Autofill to complete web forms automatically

If you enable Autofill, Opera can complete common forms for you online including your address or credit card information.

To enable Autofill:

  1. From the main menu, select Settings.
  2. Click Privacy & security on the sidebar.
  3. Under Autofill, tick the Enable auto-filling of forms on webpages checkbox.

You can store multiple contact cards or credit cards in Opera, as well. To add contact or credit card information for Opera to use when automatically filling in forms, click the Manage Autofill settings button.

Manage camera and microphone access in webpages

Developers are finding new capabilities for controlling webcams and microphones through modern browsers. Some sites may ask you to access your computer's camera or microphone.

By default, Opera will always ask you to allow a site to access your camera or microphone. Opera will remember your sharing choice if the site is secured through an HTTPS connection.

To always deny sites access to your camera and microphone:

  1. From the main menu, select Settings.
  2. Click Websites on the sidebar.
  3. Under Media, select Do not allow sites to access my camera and microphone.

Click the Manage Exceptions button to set site-specific preferences.

You can also set which microphone or camera you wish Opera to use by default, if you have more than one connected to your computer. Use the drop-down menus to set your media preference.

Manage cookies in webpages

Cookies are small data files that store information in connection with a website. For example, a cookie may be created to store the contents of an online shopping basket, or to confirm that you are logged in as you browse the pages of a site. When a cookie is set, the sequence of events is the following:

During first contact, the website offers you a cookie for a specific domain. If you accept the cookie, it is saved on your computer. Every time you make contact with a resource in that domain, the browser sends the cookie.

Cookies can be used to construct a profile of your browsing habits, and are therefore regarded by some as a privacy issue.

If no expiration date is assigned to it, a cookie expires at the end of the session, when you exit the browser. A cookie that expires at end of session is called a session cookie.

Set your cookie preferences

Setting preferences gives you control of how Opera handles cookies. The default settings is to accept all cookies. To change this:

  1. From the main menu, select Settings.
  2. Click Privacy & security in the sidebar.
  3. Under Cookies, select an option for handling cookies.

Click the Manage Exceptions button to set site-specific preferences.

Manage images in webpages

You can control how Opera handles images on webpages. You can opt to display all images or not, as well as set site-specific image preferences. To change image settings:

  1. From the main menu, select Settings.
  2. Click Websites on the sidebar.
  3. Under Images, select an option for handling images.

Click the Manage Exceptions button to set site-specific preferences.

Manage JavaScript in webpages

JavaScript is a scripting language used to add functions to webpages, such as manipulating browser windows. In rare cases, JavaScript may be used intrusively to perform certain actions you may find annoying. For these cases, you can turn it off completely, but note that this will often mean that some webpages will not work as designed.

To change JavaScript settings:

  1. From the main menu, select Settings.
  2. Click Websites on the sidebar.
  3. Under JavaScript, select an option for handling JavaScript.

Click the Manage Exceptions button to set site-specific preferences.

Manage location sharing in webpages

Some sites may ask to use your location to provide localized features (such as reviews from nearby shops, or coupons from businesses located in your area). To do this, the sites may ask you to allow geolocation on the page. You can choose whether or not to share your location when browsing. Opera will not share this information without your permission.

Setting location-sharing preferences gives you control on how sites access your location. The default setting is to ask you if you'd like to share your location the first time you visit a site that requests it. You can choose to allow or deny access to your location, and Opera will remember your choice for future visits to that site. To change this:

  1. From the main menu, select Settings.
  2. Click Websites on the sidebar.
  3. Under Location, select an option for sharing your location.

Click the Manage Exceptions button to set site-specific preferences.

More information about geolocation and location sharing can be found in the article 'Geolocation with the Opera web browser'.

Manage desktop notifications

Desktop notifications allow web sites and apps to display information about their service's activities or status. These notifications display on your computer's desktop even when the browser is minimized. They can alert you to things like new emails, special coupon offers, or if comments are posted to your blog.

You can control how sites deliver notifications. By default, Opera asks you if you'd like a site to notify you. You can choose to allow or deny the site to display notifications, and Opera will remember your choice for future visits to that site. To change this:

  1. From the main menu, select Settings.
  2. Click Websites on the sidebar.
  3. Under Notifications, select an option for displaying desktop notifications.

Click the Manage Exceptions button to set site-specific preferences.

Manage saved passwords

When you log in to a website, Opera gives you the option to save your password. If you click Never, that site will be added to Opera's never-saved list. Saved passwords are managed in the password manager.

By default, Opera will offer to save your passwords. To disable this offering:

  1. From the main menu, select Settings.
  2. Click Privacy & security on the sidebar.
  3. Under Passwords, untick the Offer to save passwords I enter on the web checkbox.

To view your passwords:

  1. From the main menu, select Settings.
  2. Click Privacy & security on the sidebar.
  3. Under Passwords, click the Manage saved passwords button.

From there you can search through saved passwords, delete passwords that Opera remembers, or block passwords from being saved on specific sites.

Manage plug-ins in webpages

Many multimedia files on the web require third-party software, known as plug-ins, to be played. A common example is a media player to play videos or music. When Opera detects the need for a plug-in that is not installed, it offers to take you to a site to download it, or offers to download it for you.

Opera, by default, runs any plug-ins installed on your computer automatically. But, you can control how Opera handles plug-ins manually, if you wish. To change plug-in settings:

  1. From the main menu, select Settings.
  2. Click Websites on the sidebar.
  3. Under Plug-ins, select an option for handling plug-ins.

Click the Manage Exceptions button to set site-specific preferences.

To disable plug-ins, and prevent Opera from running them, click Disable individual plug-ins. This will open the plug-ins page, giving you a list of plug-ins that Opera is using. This list includes details about what version of the plug-in you have installed, and a brief description of the plug-in's use.

Click the Disable button to prevent Opera from using the plug-in. This does not delete the plug-in from your computer.

Install and configure the Java plug-in

Java may be required to display web content properly. It is a common tool used by some web developers.

The instructions that follow will help you install the Java plug-in for viewing Java content on Opera.

To install Java, download the latest version from the Java website. Click the Agree and Start Free Download button to begin downloading the set-up file. Then, open the set-up file and follow the on-screen instructions.

Manage pop-ups in webpages

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Opera will try to distinguish pop-ups that you have requested, typically log-in pages or similar, from pop-ups launched automatically from websites, typically advertising.

By default, Opera will block pop-ups you have not requested. You can control how Opera handles pop-ups. To change pop-up settings:

  1. From the main menu, select Settings.
  2. Click Websites on the sidebar.
  3. Under Pop-ups, select an option for handling pop-up windows.

Click the Manage Exceptions button to set site-specific preferences.