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The Opera browser layout

The Opera browser consists of five groups of elements on the screen:

  1. The main menu
  2. The tab bar
  3. Navigation buttons (back, forward, refresh/stop, start page)
  4. The combined address and search bar
  5. The web view

The main menu offers ways of interacting with the browser. You can open new tabs or browser windows, zoom pages, or view Opera pages, such as Speed Dial, news, bookmarks, downloads, history, or settings.

Opera Turbo can be enabled from the main menu. This feature compresses content on pages to help you browse faster when you have a slow connection.

The bookmarks submenu allows you to access pages in your bookmark folders, or add pages to your bookmarks manager.

From the main menu, you can also browse Opera's extensions catalog, print pages, find help, or exit the browser.

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 + button on the tab bar. Read more about tabs.

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

Button Action
back button Go back one page.
forward button Go forward one page.
reload button Reload the current page.
start page button View the start page.

The combined address and search bar directs the browser to 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'. Read more about the combined address and search bar.

The web view shows the content of a page. Here you can interact with pages by reading text, viewing pictures, clicking links, and more.