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Extensions make it possible to add features and functionality to Opera that are not native to it. They run in the browser, but their behavior and their appearance in the user interface vary widely; one extension may be in the form of a button while another extension runs in the background.

See the extensions catalog to read about and choose from a wide range of extensions.

Extensions can be installed, uninstalled, or disabled from within the extensions manager. To open the extensions manager, select the menu item Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.

Install an extension

You can only install extensions from trusted websites. By default, there is only one trusted site from which you can download extensions: the extensions catalog at However, it is possible to add to the list of trusted websites.

To download and install an extension from the catalog, select one of the following methods:

  • From the menu, select Tools > Extensions > Get Extensions.
  • In the extension manager, click “Get more extensions”.
  • Click on the extensions catalog link.

Find an extension you want to use and click the “Install” button.

Extensions are packaged as files with the “.oex” file extension. In general, clicking on a file of this type opens the extension installation dialog.

Disable or uninstall an extension

You can disable or uninstall extensions from within the extensions manager. From the menu, select Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions. Find the relevant extension, and click on “Disable” or “Uninstall”.

Extension settings

You can change the settings for an extension from within the extensions manager. Locate the extension and click the settings button on the right. Depending on the nature of the extension, the settings may vary.

You can also change the privacy settings. By default, extensions interact with secure pages (HTTPS), but not with private tabs. To change these settings, select “Privacy” from the settings drop-down.

Mouse gestures

Opera’s amazing mouse gestures lets you do frequently performed browse operations with small, quick mouse movements. Some operations can be done with several different gestures. Try them out and see which one you like better.

Example: Pressing  on your keyboard while rolling the wheel on your mouse activates zooming.

When mouse gestures are enabled, a visual guide displays when you hold the right mouse button down and move the mouse. This visual interface shows the available gestures. When you complete an action, a notification briefly shows what action you performed. When you perform gestures quickly, the interface will not display.

Turn mouse gestures on or off

Mouse gestures can be enabled or disabled via Opera > Preferences > Advanced > Shortcuts, by checking/unchecking the box labeled “Enable mouse gestures”. In this setting, you can also:

  • Enable corresponding back and forward gestures if you are left-handed
  • Enable or disable visual hints that display when making mouse gestures

These gestures help you to navigate faster.

Action How to do it Image
Go to previous page in history
  • Hold Ctrl button, drag mouse left
  • Flip back: hold right button, click left button
Go to next page in history
  • Hold Ctrl button, drag mouse right
  • Flip forward: hold left button, click right button
Go to parent directory
  • Hold Ctrl button, drag up then left
Fast Forward
  • Hold Ctrl button, drag right then up
  • Hold Ctrl button, drag left then down
Reload page
  • Hold Ctrl button, drag up then down
Stop loading
  • Hold Ctrl button, drag up

Tab gestures

  1. Click and hold right mouse button
  2. Move the mouse in the indicated directions below
  3. Release the right mouse button
Action How to do it Image
Browse in new tab
  • Hold Ctrl button, drag down
  • Double-click in a workspace or on the tab bar
Clone tab (open a copy in a background tab)
  • Hold Ctrl button, drag down then up
Close tab
  • Hold Ctrl button, drag down then right, or move right-left-right

Link gestures

  1. Point your mouse to a link
  2. Click and hold right mouse button
  3. Move the mouse in the indicated directions below
  4. Release the right mouse button
Action How to do it Image
Open link in new tab Move mouse pointer to link and hold Ctrl button, drag down
Open link in new background tab Move mouse pointer to link and hold Ctrl button, drag down then up

Wheel gestures

Action How to do it Image
Scroll up and down Roll mouse wheel up and down
Zoom in and out Hold Option key, roll mouse wheel
Move back and forth in tab history Hold Shift key, roll mouse wheel
Pan the webpage Click wheel then move mouse

Keyboard shortcuts

You can browse a lot faster using the keyboard, and this page gives you an overview of the available keyboard shortcuts. Some operations have multiple shortcuts; use those you find most convenient.

Notice that the keyboard shortcuts have changed considerably since Opera 9.2. The old shortcuts are still available if you choose “Opera 9.2 Compatible” in Preferences > Advanced > Shortcuts. A compromise approach that enables some of the more popular single-key shortcuts is to check the box marked “Enable single-key shortcuts”.


  •  refers to the Apple key, also known as Command or Cmd.
  • Alt and Option are the same key.

Topic list

Standard keys


Move one line up
Move one line down
Move one character to the right
Move one character to the left
Move one screen-full up
  • Page Up
  • Shift + Space
Move one screen-full down
  • Page Down
  • Space
Move one screen-full to the left  + Page Up or Ctrl + Page Up
Move one screen-full to the right  + Page Down or Ctrl + Page Down
Go to top Home
Go to bottom End


Cycle focus forward within active context Tab
Cycle focus backward within active context Shift + Tab
Activate Enter
Exit context or cancel Esc
Display context menu ⌘ + Shift + M or Shift + F10
Properties dialog
  • Option + Enter or Alt + Enter
  • ⌘ + I

System keys

Open file  + O or Ctrl + O
Save copy of page  + S or Ctrl + S
Print page  + P or Ctrl + P
Quit Opera ⌘ + Q
Hide Opera ⌘ + H or Ctrl + Alt + Shift + H
Minimize Opera ⌘ + M

Text keys


Undo recent changes  + Z or Ctrl + Z
Redo recent changes
  •  + Y or Ctrl + Y
  •  + Shift + Z or Ctrl + Shift +Z
Copy selection to clipboard
  •  + C or Ctrl + C
  • Ctrl + Insert
Move selection to clipboard
  •  + X or Ctrl + X
  • Shift + Delete
Paste from clipboard
  •  + V or Ctrl + V
  • Shift + Insert
Copy selected text to Notes panel ⌘ + Option + C or Ctrl + Shift + C
Select all  + A or Ctrl + A
Delete selection (or character right of cursor) Delete
Delete selection (or character left of cursor) Backspace
Toggle text-style bold  + B or Ctrl + B
Toggle text-style italic  + I or Ctrl + I
Toggle text-style underline  + U or Ctrl + U
Convert hex to Unicode Ctrl + Shift + X

UNIX editing keys

Go to end of line Ctrl + E
Go to beginning of line Ctrl + A
Go to next character Ctrl + F
Go to previous character Ctrl + B
Go to next line Ctrl + N
Go to previous line Ctrl + P
Paste (Yank) Ctrl + Y
Delete to end of line Ctrl + K
Delete next character Ctrl + D
Delete previous character Ctrl + H


Find text  + F or Ctrl + F
Find next instance of text ⌘ + G or Ctrl + G F3
Find previous instance of text ⌘ + Shift + G or Ctrl + Shift + G Shift + F3
Search for text in page (press Option + F9 first to set focus on page)
  • (numeric) /
  • . (period)
Search for text in links in page (press Option + F9 first to set focus on page)
  • Shift + (numeric) /
  • , (comma)

Loading keys


Go to your home page
  • Ctrl + Space
  • Option + Home or Alt + Home
Enter a web address F2
Paste and go in current or new tab  + Shift + V or Ctrl + Shift + V
Display a Speed Dial  + 0-9 or Ctrl + 0-9
Enter nickname for fast bookmark access Shift + F2
Save page address as new bookmark  + D or Ctrl + D
Save as new bookmark in active bookmark folder  + Shift + D or Ctrl + Shift + D


Reload (get latest version of) page
  •  + R or Ctrl + R
  • F5
Reload selected frame
    • Option + F5 or Alt + F5
  • ⌘ + Shift + R or Ctrl + Shift + R
Stop page loading
  • Esc
  • ⌘ + .

Navigation keys


Go to next page in history
    •  + → or Alt + →
    • Ctrl + →
    • Shift + Backspace
    • Shift + scroll wheel up
  • ⌘ + ]
Go to previous page in history
    •  + ← or Alt + ←
    • Ctrl + ←
    • Backspace
    • Shift + scroll wheel down
  • ⌘ + [
Fast forward
  • Shift + Backspace
  • Space

Site navigation

To remove the last part of any web address (such as a sub-directory) and go to that address, press  + Backspace or Ctrl + Backspace.

Display modes

Print preview (toggles on/off)  + Shift + P or Ctrl + Shift + P
Use entire screen for browsing Option + F11 or F11
Toggle “Fit to width” ⌘ + F11 or Ctrl + F11

Developer Tools

Open Dragonfly ⌘ + Option + I or Ctrl + Shift + I


View page source  + U or Ctrl + U
View source of active frame  + Shift + U or Ctrl + Shift + U
Validate source of active page or frame ⌘ + Option + Shift + U or Ctrl + Alt + Shift +


Increase zoom by 10%
  • Plus
  •  + Plus or Ctrl + Plus
Decrease zoom by 10%
  • Minus
  •  + Minus or Ctrl + Minus
Restore zoom to 100%
  • *
  •  + 0 or Ctrl + 0
Select next link in page  + ↓ or Ctrl + ↓
Select previous link in page  + ↑ or Ctrl + ↑
Follow selected link Enter
Open selected link in new tab ⌘ + Shift + Enter or Shift + Enter
Open selected link in background tab  + Enter or Ctrl + Shift + Enter
Save link target (such as document or image)  + Shift + S or Ctrl + Shift + S

Spatial navigation keys

Navigate between links and form elements Shift + ← ↑ → ↓

Tip: The combination of the Shift key and arrow keys is the fastest way of moving around a webpage when wanting to locate links and webform elements.

Form keys

Log in/auto-fill form using the Password Manager
  • Ctrl + Enter
  • For a series of connected pages, see Fast Forward
Go to next element in form Tab
Go to previous element in form Shift + Tab
Select form element
  • Space
  • Enter

Access keys

These shortcuts are unique to pages that have access keys enabled.

Toggle HTML access keys Shift + Esc
Enter HTML access keys A-Z and 0-9

Page keys: basics

Browse in new tab  + T or Ctrl + T
Close active tab
  • ⌘ + W or Ctrl + W
  • Ctrl + F4
Undo closing of tab  + Shift + T or Ctrl + Shift + T

Application windows

Browse in new application window  + N or Ctrl + N
Browse in new private window  + Shift + N or Ctrl + Shift + N
Close application window ⌘ + Shift + W Alt + F4

Tab keys: switching

Cycle to next tab (defaults to recently used order) Option + Tab or Ctrl + Tab
Cycle to previous tab (defaults to recently used order) Option + Shift + Tab or Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Switch to previous tab on tab bar
  • ⌘ + {
  • ⌘ + Option + ←
  • Ctrl + Shift + F6
Switch to next tab on tab bar
  • ⌘ + }
  • ⌘ + Option + →
  • Ctrl + F6

Panel keys: activation

Toggle last active panel with panel selector F4
Toggle last active panel Shift + F4
Activate panels for keyboard navigation F7
Expand all folders/views in panel Shift + →
Collapse all folders/views in panel Shift + ←
Toggle Search panel Ctrl + 1 or Ctrl + Shift + 1
Toggle Bookmarks panel
  • Ctrl + 2 or Ctrl + Shift + 2
  •  + B or Ctrl + B
Toggle Mail panel Ctrl + 3 or Ctrl + Shift + 3
Toggle Contacts panel Ctrl + 4 or Ctrl + Shift + 4
Toggle Notes panel Ctrl + 6 or Ctrl + Shift + 6
Toggle Downloads panel Ctrl + 7 or Ctrl + Shift + 7
Toggle History panel
  • Ctrl + 8 or Ctrl + Shift + 8
  • Ctrl + H
Toggle Links panel Ctrl + 9 or Ctrl + Shift + 9
Toggle Windows panel Ctrl + 0 or Ctrl + Shift + 0

Panel keys: actions


Open bookmark Enter
Open bookmark in new tab  + Enter or Shift + Enter
Open bookmark in background tab  + Shift + Enter or Ctrl + Shift + Enter


Mark all email in selected view as read  + Shift + A or Ctrl + Shift + A


Show messages associated with contact Enter
Compose message to contact Shift + Enter


Open downloaded file Enter


Edit your preferences
  • ⌘ + , or Alt + P
  • ⌘ + F12 or Ctrl + F12
Quickly edit most popular preferences Option + F12 or F12
Edit browser appearance Shift + Option + F12 or Shift + F12

Focus keys

Set focus to webpage (to enable keyboard navigation) Option + F9 or F9
Set focus to address field
  • F8
  •  + L or Ctrl + L
  • Option + D or Alt + D
Set focus to search field  + E or Ctrl + E
Set focus to bookmarks bar (only when you have search fields) Shift + F7
Restore original address in address field and set focus to page Esc

Manager pages

Manage bookmarks
  •  + Shift + B or Ctrl + Shift + B
Manage downloads
  •  + J or Ctrl + J
Manage history
  •  + Shift + H or Ctrl + Shift + H
Manage links  + Shift + L or Ctrl + Shift + L

Mail keys: reading and sending


Check email  + K or Ctrl + K
Write new message ⌘ + Option + M or Ctrl + M
Attach files to message  + O or Ctrl + O
Upload queued messages to mail server  + Shift + K or Ctrl + Shift + K
Send composed message
  •  + Shift + S or Ctrl + Shift + S
  •  + Enter or Ctrl + Enter


Go to next message J
Go to previous message U
Go to next unread message
  • H
  • Shift + J
Go to previous unread message
  • Y
  • Shift + U
Move one screen-full up Shift + Space
Move one screen-full down, then go to next unread Space
Scroll up in message body (even if focus on message list) Option + ↑ or Alt + ↑
Scroll down in message body (even if focus on message list) Option + ↓ or Alt + ↓
Set focus to message list F8
Set focus to message F9


Expand all threads Shift + →
Collapse all threads Shift + ←
Mark thread as read M
Mark thread as read, go to next unread N

Mail keys: managing


Mark selected message as read K
Mark selected message as read, and go to next unread email G
Mark selected message as read, and go to previous unread email T
Mark selected message as unread Shift + K
Mark all messages in active view as read  + Shift + A or Ctrl + Shift + A
Move selected message to Trash Delete
Delete selected message permanently, without moving to Trash Shift + Delete


Reply to message R
Reply to all recipients of message, including sender Shift + R
Forward message F
Redirect message D
Continue editing message (Drafts, Outbox, and Sent views) Enter
Focus “Quick reply” field
  • Q
  • Option +Shift + F9 or Shift + F9


Save sender’s address as new contact A
Save attachments Shift + S
Label message (for example important or funny) L
View all messages associated with sender E
Copy raw message data to clipboard C


Toggle different layout of message list and message body I

Help keys

Open Opera Help Help or ⌘ + ? or F1
Search while viewing help page  + F or Ctrl + F

Single-key shortcuts

Opera 9.5 disables the following single-key shortcuts, which were enabled by default in Opera 9.2 and previous. To re-enable these shortcuts, check the box marked “Enable single-key shortcuts” in Preferences > Advanced > Shortcuts.

Function Single-Key Shortcut
Switch to previous tab on tab bar 1
Switch to next tab on tab bar 2
Cycle through frames in page 3 and Shift + 3
Minimize tab 4
Restore/Maximize tab 5
Restore zoom to 100% 6
Decrease zoom by 100% 7
Increase zoom by 100% 8
Decrease zoom by 10% 9
Increase zoom by 10% 0
Cycle through links in page A and Q
Cycle through headers in page S and W
Cycle through elements in page D and E
Toggle between author mode and user mode Shift + G
Address bar history drop-down H
Load and display all images I
Toggle loading of images Shift + I
Forward X
Fast forward Shift + X
Back Z
Rewind Shift + Z

Changing shortcuts

If you wish to change the default keyboard setup:

  1. Go to Preferences > Advanced > Shortcuts.
  2. Select the configuration you wish to change, and click “Edit”.
  3. Find the operation you wish to edit by typing in the “Quick find” field or clicking the list.
  4. Click “Edit” and enter a sequence of keys to associate with the event.

Opera Turbo

What is Opera Turbo?

Opera Turbo is a free service that speeds up browsing on slow connections. In the best case, it will make a dial-up connection more nearly resemble a broadband line. In cases where the connection speed is variable or in doubt, an automatic setting permits Opera itself to decide if Opera Turbo can be beneficial, and to act accordingly.

See the introductory video Speed up slow connections with Opera Turbo.

How do I turn Opera Turbo on?

To use Opera Turbo, find the Opera Turbo icon on the lower left of the screen, on the left side of the status bar. Hover this icon, and it says “Opera Turbo Off”. Click on it, and Opera Turbo is enabled. The icon turns blue, and each time a page is loaded, information is displayed about the network savings.

How do I turn Opera Turbo off?

If Opera Turbo is on, clicking the Opera Turbo icon on the lower left of the screen turns it off again. Rather than turning it on and off all the time, you may prefer to change the setting to “Automatic”.

How do I change the settings for Opera Turbo?

To configure Opera Turbo, click the drop-down arrow on the right side of the icon, and select “Configure”. Three options are available:

Enable Opera Turbo only when a slow network is detected
Optimize pages with Opera Turbo so they load faster on slow networks
Load pages normally, without Opera Turbo (default)

In case of doubt, select the “Automatic” setting. These options are available also in the Webpages tab of preferences.

The notification about network speed can be turned on or off via the checkbox marked “Notify me about network speed”.

How does Opera Turbo work?

The technology behind Opera Turbo is a proxy server with server-side compression of webpages. A compression rate of up to 80% can be achieved, in part by reducing the quality of images. If you want to view an image uncompressed, right-click on the image, and select “Reload Image in Full Quality”.

Opera Widgets

Important message: From Opera 12, Opera Widgets are turned off by default for new users and we are no longer developing Opera Widgets. We encourage all developers to move their solutions to the extension platform.

You can still re-install widgets, however be aware that widgets in this form will be phased out. Only those moved to the extension platform will be supported long-term.

Widgets are applications based on browser technology. There are widgets for just about any purpose: weather forecasts, games, clocks, dictionaries, media players, and much more.

Prior to Opera 10.50, widgets were intimately tied to the browser user interface. When you closed Opera, you closed your widgets. Opera Widgets is a technology that frees widgets from the browser user interface, and gives them the status of regular applications. With Opera Widgets, it is possible to open a widget without ever opening the browser. Opera must be installed, because a running widget depends on a widget engine, but otherwise the widget is on its own. To emphasize its status as a regular application, Opera makes the widget available through the applications menu, together with all your other applications.

Installing widgets

To find and install widgets, go to Choose a widget, and click on the “Install” button. The Widget Installation wizard opens, and guides you through the installation process. By default, the wizard creates entries in /Applications, together with other applications.

Uninstalling widgets

Removing a widget from the system is the same as removing any other application.

Context menu

You can drag and place widgets anywhere you want on your screen. Ctrl-click for a context menu that offers additional configuration, including placement and zoom, settings, developer tools, and closing.

Spell checker

The spell checker checks your spelling within any multiple-line text input field: when filling in forms, composing an Opera Mail message, or typing notes.

Use the spell checker

When you type in a multi-line text input field, spelling errors are automatically identified by a dotted red line under the word. For single line text fields, spell checking is not automatic, but you can activate it by right-clicking (or Ctrl-clicking) in the field to display a context menu and checking “Check spelling”.

Fix spelling errors

To view suggestions for correct spelling, Ctrl-click a misspelled word to display a context menu, and then select the word with the correct spelling. You can also add the word to your default dictionary, ignore all instances of the word, or remove the word from the dictionary.

Turn spell checking on or off

To enable or disable the spell checker, you can either:

  • Right-click a multi-line text entry field, and select or deselect “Check Spelling”.
  • Go to Preferences > Advanced > Browsing and select or deselect “Check spelling”.

Add a dictionary

Opera uses the Hunspell dictionary format, and includes a US English dictionary by default. To add a spell checker dictionary for another language:

  1. Ctrl-click in an input field to display the context menu.
  2. Select Dictionaries > Add/Remove Dictionaries.
  3. In the Spell Checker Dictionaries dialog, select the language. You can use the “Quick Find” field at the top of the list to quickly search the full list.
  4. Check the language you want to use and click “Next”.
  5. Read and accept the license, and click “Next”.
  6. Choose the default dictionary and click “Finish”.

Using the mouse

The mouse can be used for a lot more than just clicking links, including powerful mouse gestures and flexible drag-and-drop operations.

Note: Many of the mouse actions described below may be more practical with the use of a two-button mouse. This allows the user to right-click instead of having to hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on a single-button mouse. In cases where a two-button mouse is required, right and left clicks will be specified.

Basic mouse usage

Single-click to activate buttons, follow links on webpages, open items in panels, and so forth.

Press  or Shift (Windows and Linux) while clicking to open a link or bookmark in a new tab. If you also press Shift or Ctrl (Windows and Linux), the new tab will open in the background instead of popping up on top of your current tab.

Most of Opera’s browser elements as well as webpage elements have their own context menus containing multiple options. To display the context menu, hold Ctrl and click.

Context menu activation

The context menu for selected text can be accessed by clicking repeatedly on the word or expression you want to select.

  • Double-click to select the word
  • Triple-click to select the full sentence
  • Click four times to select the entire paragraph

The menu contains options like dictionary and encyclopedia searches. If a web address (URL) is not marked up as a link, double-click it and select “Go to URL” from the context menu.

The context menu is also available when you Ctrl-click any selected text.

Mouse gestures

Mouse gestures is a really useful way to move the mouse and click buttons to perform common actions. When mouse gestures are enabled, a visual guide displays when you hold the right mouse button down and move the mouse to show you the available gestures. See more in the Mouse gestures topic.

Drag and drop

Dragging and dropping items can speed up your browsing and facilitate customization of the browser.

“Pick up” the desired item by clicking on it and holding the mouse button, then moving it to the desired location and dropping it. To drag and drop links, make sure to drag them directly up or down at first to initiate dragging.

Items you can drag

  • Links and images in webpages
  • Items on the bookmarks bar
  • Items in panels
  • Tabs on the tab bar

Dragged items can be dropped on toolbars and panels, and they can also be dragged to your computer desktop. Examples of uses:

  • Dragging a link to the bookmarks panel or a toolbar saves it as a bookmark.
  • Dragging a bookmark to the workspace/webpage area opens the bookmark.
  • Tabs can be rearranged by dragging them on the tab bar.
  • Notes can be dragged into email messages for automatic pasting.
  • Drag a download link to the downloads panel to start downloading.

The best way to learn more about dragging and dropping is to play around and discover all the possibilities.

Changing the mouse setup

If you wish to change the default mouse setup:

  1. Go to Preferences > Advanced > Shortcuts.
  2. Select the configuration you wish to change, and click “Edit”.
  3. Find the operation you wish to edit by typing in the “Quick find” field or clicking the list.
  4. Click “Edit” and enter a sequence of mouse movements to associate with the event.

The “Middle click options” dialog lets you choose what Opera should do when you click the middle button or scroll wheel on your mouse. The default action is to open the clicked link in a background tab.