Combined address and search bar
The combined address and search bar allows you to query search engines or input web addresses to find what you’re looking for on the web.
If you don’t know the location of a page, or if you want to see relevant results from search engines to help you find information, use the combined address and search bar to search the web. Opera queries the Google search engine by default.
To search the web:
- Click the Search or enter address field.
- Type key words for what you want to find. For example, type
- Click one of the predictive search suggestions that appear or press Enter.
Predictive search suggestions appear as you type. If you want to view results from another search engine, such as Yahoo!, Amazon, or Bing, click the corresponding tab that appears at the lower-right part of the predictive search suggestion box.
If you already know the location of a page, type the web address directly into the combined address and search bar and press Enter to navigate to that page. For example, type
www.opera.com and press Enter to navigate to the Opera Software homepage.
Default search engine
Opera’s default search engine is Google, but you may prefer to search using Yahoo!, DuckDuckGo, Amazon, or Wikipedia. To change the default search engine:
- Go to Settings.
- Under Search engine, select your preferred search engine from the dropdown menu.
Custom search engines
In addition to Opera’s default search engines, you can set up the combined address and search bar to return results from other search engines. To do so:
- Ctrl+click (Mac) or right-click (Win/Lin) on a site’s search bar and select Create Search Engine….
- Assign the engine a name and keyword.
- Click OK.
Create a custom search engine
To create a search in a custom search engine, type your engine’s assigned keyword first followed by a space and then enter your query.
You can edit keywords, manage, or remove search engines from the settings page:
- Go to Settings.
- Under Search engine, click the Manage Search Engine button.
Searching with a custom search engine
To use a custom search engine in your search, type the keyword followed by a space before your query. For example, Bing has the keyword “b”. To search with Bing, type “b What is the capital of Idaho.” The results will open in a Bing search results page.
The space between the keyword and your search query is important for selecting a custom search engine.
Search pop-up tool
The search pop-up tool is Opera’s utility belt that allows you to search or copy (or share if you’re on a Mac) the text you highlight on a web page. With just one click, your highlighted text opens a new tab and is queried by your default search engine. You can also copy the text to your clipboard to use later on.
The tool can also convert unfamiliar currencies, units, and time zones when highlighted into a value of your choice. If you wish to know how much $44.50 is in euros, how tall 2.05 m is in feet, or what time 7:00pm MST is in Central Europe, Opera’s search pop-up can tell you. Read more about the converters here.
How to use search pop-up:
- Highlight text on a web page.
- A pop-up will appear above the highlighted text, including the options Search and Copy (and Share if on a Mac). If a currency, unit, or time zone is highlighted, the converted value will appear in the pop-up.
- Select Search to query your default search engine with the highlighted text.
- Select Copy to copy the highlighted text to your clipboard.
- If there is a converted value in the pop-up, click the value to copy it to your clipboard.
To disable the search pop-up tool, including all of its functions:
- Go to Settings.
- Click Advanced in the left sidebar, and click Features.
- Under Search pop-up, turn off Enable the search pop-up when selecting text.