Frequently asked questions

What does Opera have to offer?

Here is a quick rundown on how we make web browsing all the more enjoyable and efficient for you:

  • Video pop-out allows you to watch almost any video while you browse other web pages or even use other programs.
  • Battery saver stretches your laptop’s battery life when unplugged.
  • We have built-in features which normally require third party installations on other browsers, such as ad blocker, and VPN.
  • Our search pop-up feature provides a convenient route for searching, copying and sharing any highlighted text on the web. If that text is a price tag or a unit of measurement, Opera will convert the value to your desired value. Time-zones can also be converted this way.
  • The sidebar seen on the start page provides access to popular messengers and has shortcuts to your bookmarks, newsreader, downloads, history, and more. It can be pinned to your browser to take with you wherever you browse.

We are continually working to make improvements to our browser and to create the next great innovation. Stay up-to-date with what we are working on with our blogs page.

What about security? How does Opera protect my privacy?

Opera protects your privacy as you browse in a few ways. First, Opera displays security badges in the combined search and address bar, giving you a quick glance at the security of a page. If the browser detects anything potentially dangerous, it will display a security badge to warn you. Read more about security badges.

Second, Opera provides of a free, built-in ad blocker which prevents websites from tracking your browsing history. The default mode for ad blocker will block ads on all websites. The built-in ad blocker also stops cryptocurrency mining scripts from abusing your system’s CPU.

You can manage exceptions under Manage Lists… in Settings.

To ensure your privacy, there are ways you can control how websites monitor your web activities, and ways to keep your browsing habits and data private if you share a computer or account. You can manually set what information you want to share with specific sites. Read more about setting your web preferences.

Is Opera available in my language?

Opera is translated into many languages. Click here to learn how to change the language of Opera’s interface.

How do I remove items from my browsing history?

To remove items from your history:

  1. From the O Menu on Windows/Linux or the toolbar on Mac, select History > Show All History.
  2. Hover over any entry and click the x that appears on the right.

To clear all browsing history, including cookies and more, click the Clear browsing data… button on the top-right of the History page. Read more about clearing browsing data.

I love Opera! How do I make it my computer’s default browser?

Setting Opera as your default browser is easy:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Under Default browser, click the Make default button.

If you are switching to Opera from another browser, you can import your data from your old browser to Opera. Read more about importing browser data.

What’s a private window?

Private windows remove any browsing data once you close them – history, image cache, passwords, everything. You can browse more comfortably on public computers knowing your browsing activity and passwords are removed when you close all private windows. Read more about private browsing.

How do I zoom into a page?

For Mac users, you can zoom in or out by selecting View > Zoom In / Zoom Out from the menu.

For Windows or Linux users, go to the O Menu Zoom and click the + or buttons.

Opera also has fullscreen and presentation modes for browsing without menus or toolbars. Read more about zooming options in Opera.

How can I run Flash in my Opera browser?

To run Flash on Opera, you need Flash Player to be installed on your computer.

When accessing a page with Flash, you should see the following image somewhere in the page:

If you click on it, you should see the following dialog banner asking you to allow or block Flash on the page:


Clicking on “Allow” or “Block” will add the site as an exception in Settings > Privacy and security > Content settings > Flash.

In some situations, the banner or the plug-in placeholder may not appear, so you will need to add the exception manually in Flash > Allow > Add.

I want to add my own rules/lists to Opera’s ad blocker. Is it possible?

Yes, you need to go to Settings > Basic >  Block Ads > Manage lists > Custom lists.

The web page I want to reach is not displayed properly or is unavailable

Please try one of the following steps: 

  • Open the same page through a private window (Ctrl or ⌘ + Shift + N) and check the problem
  • Clear cache and cookies in Settings > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data (or with Ctrl or ⌘ + Shift + Del)
  • Disable your VPN by clicking the VPN icon in the combined address and search bar
  • Update your browser to the newest version

Where can I find previous versions of Opera?

To get an older version of Opera, take a look on Opera’s FTP.

How can I clean the cache of a web page?

Reload the web page to refresh possibly outdated or corrupted files

  • Hold down the Shift key and left-click the Reload button in the address and search bar 
  • Press “Ctrl + F5” or press “Ctrl + Shift + R” (Windows, Linux) 
  • Press “Command + Shift + R” (Mac)

How can I change search engines in Opera?

To change the search engine in your combined address and search bar, go to Settings > Basic > Search engine, and then click Manage search engine. Here you can change your default search engine or add a new engine.

To use your custom search engine in the address and search bar, first input a keyword and then your search query.

What should I do if an extension from addons.opera.com doesn’t work properly?

If you experience malfunctioning extensions, you can send feedback directly to the author of the extension in the Add-ons Store or report a bug in Opera’s bug wizard. Please remember to attach a link to the extension and describe your problem precisely.

The browser doesn’t keep my passwords saved

Login passwords can be lost if you lose your cookies. If you reinstall Opera, some cookies can be lost. Check if you allow local data in Settings > Privacy and security > Content settings > Cookies.

How do I enable spell check in Opera?

Usually, spell check for the browser’s language is enabled by default. To add languages, use the Customized spelling option in Settings > Languages > Customized spelling.  

To add a new spell check, first add a language to Order languages based on your preference and then you can choose it in the Spell Check option. This is available only for Windows and Linux users.

I’m a MacOS user, and Opera asks for access to my Mac’s keychain

This is due to a changed app signature. If you’re using macOS, all you have to do is type in your system’s password once and click Always Allow. Opera will again have access to the stored browser login passwords and you will stop receiving the notification.

Some additional information is available here.

I have video playback issues – image, video, or sound doesn’t work or works badly.

If you have bizarre visuals on screen, a black screen, or strange sound effects – it may be a GPU problem. We recommend you check the drivers for your graphic card. You can also try enabling or disabling the Hardware Acceleration function in Settings > Browser > System  and click Use hardware acceleration when available.

Colors in my browser were changed. How can I bring them back?

Since Opera 49 we have followed monitors’ color profiles, so web pages should appear the same on all devices. However, every operating system that Opera runs on handles colors differently. On macOS, ColorSync has provided mature color profile support for years, and Chrome and Safari should now behave identically. On Windows, color management has been present for decades, but many applications ignore the Windows color management settings. On Linux, X11 also has color management support, but, like Windows, most applications ignore the color management settings.

To bring back your browser’s colors, you can use opera://flags/#force-color-profile in the address and search bar.

This tells the Opera browser to ignore the operating system’s settings and use some other value instead. Setting this to “sRGB” will make Opera behave as it did before on Linux and Windows (for 99% of web page content). This setting will not have the same effect on macOS (it will clip all colors to the sRGB gamut).