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Opera browser on Mac

The browser layout consists of, starting from the top, left: The menu bar and then the tab bar. Below that is the address bar, and then the display window. A status bar runs along the bottom of the browser. Panels display at the left, when toggled. (The left image reflects Opera on Mac; the right image reflects Opera on Windows and Linux.)

  1. Address field
  2. Search field
  3. Tab bar
  4. Menu bar
  5. Closed Tabs
  6. Display window for web content
  7. Zoom sliderfit to screen width, and control images
  8. Opera Turbo icon
  9. Opera Link icon
  10. Panel
  11. Panel selectors
  12. Panels button (to toggle panels)


The key Opera functions are available from the main menu. Note that nearly every element of the browser can be Ctrl-clicked to display a context menu offering further options.

Main menu

The main menu for Mac users contains the following default elements:

To view the main menu on Windows and Linux systems, click the big red “O” icon on the top-left corner of the browser.

O Menu

Optional menu items

Additional items appear on the menu when you enable other Opera features, for example:

Context menus

Context menus appear when you Ctrl-click various items and elements, either in the browser or on a webpage. They contain options relevant to the current element.

Page menu

The page menu appears when you Ctrl-click a part of a webpage where there are no links, images, or forms.

Options of note include:

Reload Every
Monitor page by reloading frequently
Send Link by Mail
Compose an email message to tell a friend about the current page
View the source of current document
Validate the source of current document using an online service

Text menu

The context menu for selected text contains a number of useful options.

Link menu

The link menu appears when you Ctrl-click a link and lets you decide how to open or save the linked document or address. Try here

Image menu

The image menu appears when you Ctrl-click an image and contains multiple options for opening, copying, and saving the image. Select “Image properties” to get all available metadata on the currently selected image.

When you click an image that has a link, a menu will appear that combines items from both the image and link menus.

Mailto menu

The “mailto:” menu appears when you Ctrl-click a “mailto:” link and lets you copy, save, or use the linked email address. Try it here

When you click an image that links to an email address, a menu will appear that combines items from both the image and “mailto:” menus.

Form menu

The form menu appears when you Ctrl-click inside a form field. It holds a number of text editing options as well as the option to insert personal information from the Forms preferences and notes. Select “Check spelling” to perform a spelling check on all content in the current form field.

Quick preferences

Some of the most useful and frequently-used preferences are available in the “Quick preferences” menu.

You can access this menu at any time by pressing F12 or selecting Quick preferences from the Opera menu.

Tip: Open Opera’s preferences (press ⌘+, or Ctrl+12) for access to more settings.



Opera’s panels, enabled by pressing F4 or by clicking on the panels icon on the left side of the status bar, give you quick access to your bookmarks, contacts, browsing history, and more.


All your bookmarks can be accessed and managed in the Bookmarks panel. If you have a large selection of bookmarks, use the “Quick find” field to quickly retrieve what you are looking for.

Web panels

You can also display a site in the panel itself, which is called a “web panel”. To add the currently displayed page as a web panel:

  1. Select Bookmarks > Bookmark Page.
  2. Make sure that the “Create In” field shows the Bookmarks folder.
  3. Click the “Details” button.
  4. Click “Show in panel”, then “OK”.
  5. In your panels, you’ll see a new icon for this page, which when selected, displays page content in the panel.

Some webpages provide special links (rel=”sidebar”) that make it easy to add webpages as panels.

Example: Create a panel with the Google news site

Learn more about bookmarks


Opera’s history panel keeps a list of webpages that you have recently visited. In Opera’s History preferences, you can choose how many addresses to keep track of.

Tip: If you recall having visited an interesting site, but forgot to bookmark it, use the “Find” field in the History panel to locate it.

Click history entries to open them in the current tab, or hold  (Shift on Windows and Linux) while clicking to open the entry in a new tab.


This panel is only available if you have set up an email account.

Learn more about Opera’s news and email client


Create contacts and store email addresses, telephone numbers, and postal addresses. This panel is only available if you have email enabled.

Operation How to do it
Create new contact Click “Add”
Create folder for group of contacts Click the drop-down arrow on the “Add” button, select “New folder”
Show messages associated with contact Click contact
Make contact available at all times Drag contact to any toolbar

Contact properties

Press ⌘+I (Alt+Enter)to:

  • Edit selected contact’s name, email address, home page address, postal address, and phone numbers.
  • Write down notes about the contact.
  • Select a picture (about 60×50 pixels) that you would like to associate with the contact.
  • Select a small icon you would like to have displayed next to messages from the contact.

Tip: If you type the word “party” in the “Notes” field of your best friends, you can later type “party” in the “Quick find” field to find all those people, then drag and drop them into an email to send a party invitation.


Opera’s download panel lets you monitor and control downloads to your computer.

Operation How to do it
Download file linked to from a webpage Click the link to the file or drag the link to the “Quick download” field
Download file Enter file address in the “Quick download” field
Resume, stop, or restart download of selected files Click “Resume”, “Stop”, or “Restart”
Sort list of files Click column headers

Note: Not all websites support resuming of downloads.

Read more about downloads


The Notes panel can serve as a clipboard manager, a “to do” list, a template archive, and much more.

Read more about notes

The links panel extracts all links in the current webpage so you can easily find images, music, video clips, zip files and other downloads, as well as links to other pages.

Example: Type “mp3” in the “Quick find” field to find all mp3 files on the page.

Tip: Click the “Lock” button to keep the current list of links even if you browse to other pages.


The Info panel displays technical information about the current webpage.

The Search panel contains search possibilities for various search engines and online services.

Windows panel

The Windows panel contains a tree-structured, clickable view of your open tabs and application windows.

Panel setup

To customize your panel setup, go to Tools > Appearance > Panels, or Ctrl-click a panel and select “Customize”.

From the list of available panels, select which ones to display and which ones to hide. Note that the “Mail” and “Contacts” options will be grayed out if the relevant account has not been set up.

You can also select whether and where to display panels.

Speed Dial

What is Speed Dial?

Speed Dial is a set of visual bookmarks that is displayed every time you open a new tab, giving you quick access to your favorite websites and extensions. Each entry in Speed Dial is represented by a thumbnail, and clicking on the thumbnail opens a webpage. The first nine entries are accessible via the keyboard shortcuts  + [1-9] (for Windows and Linux use Ctrl+[1-9].

See the introductory video.


  • Add a webpage to your Speed Dial by clicking the star in the address field and choosing “Add to Speed Dial”.
  • With Opera Link you can synchronize your Speed Dial on all your computers and all your devices.

How do I add a new entry to Speed Dial?

To save a web address as a Speed Dial entry, click on the [+] button. A dialog presents suggestions for addition to Speed Dial, including frequently visited pages, open pages, and Speed Dial extensions: you may select a webpage from the list or type in a new address. It is also possible to drag and drop from bookmarks, panels, or any other location where web addresses are displayed. To add an address, drop it onto the [+] button.

How do I delete an entry from Speed Dial?

To delete a Speed Dial entry, click on the cross on the lower right corner of the thumbnail.

How do I reorganize Speed Dial?

To rearrange, drag and drop the thumbnails; the dragged-and-dropped entry is inserted into the existing order, displacing the other thumbnails.

How do I change the settings for Speed Dial?

By default, Speed Dial presents a fluid layout where the number of columns and the zoom level depends on the number of entries. As you increase the number of entries, the thumbnails become smaller, and the number of columns increases. To configure some or all of Speed Dial manually:

  1. Click the “Configure” button in the upper right corner of the page.
  2. To change the background, check “Custom background image”, select the positioning of the background image from Best fit, Center, Stretch, or Tile, and locate the image you want to use.
  3. To change the number of columns, select the relevant drop-down value under “Number of columns”.
  4. To fix the zoom at a pre-determined value, change the drop-down value under “Zoom” to “Manual”, and adjust the zoom slider to taste.
  5. To hide the [+] Speed Dial button, check the checkbox. When the [+] button is hidden, the context menu for Speed Dial includes an additional item, “Add New Dial”.



Multiple web documents and messaging views are accessible as tabs on the tab bar. You can organize your tabs in stacks.

Tab bar

The Tab bar displays your open webpages as tabs and contains buttons to help manage your tabs. The “Closed Tabs” drop-down button on the right side of the tab bar contains lists of closed pages and blocked pop-ups so that you can easily retrieve them.

The easiest way to change focus between tabs is clicking on the tab you want. You can also press Option + Tab or Ctrl + Tab to cycle through your open pages.

Tabs can be rearranged on the tab bar by dragging and dropping them. You can reposition the tab bar using the tab context menu.

Opening tabs

There are numerous ways to open a new tab:

  • From the menu, select File/Tabs and Windows > New Tab
  • Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + T or  + T
  • Click the plus icon (“+”) on the tab bar
  • Double-click the tab bar

To open a link in a new tab:

  • Right-click (or Ctrl-click) a link, and select Open in New Tab from the link context menu
  • -click or Ctrl+Shift-click a link

And to open a link in a background tab:

  • Right-click (or Ctrl-click) a link, and select Open in Background Tab from the link context menu
  • -Shift-click or Ctrl+Shift-click a link
  • Middle-click a link (Shift-middle-click for middle-click options menu)

Tip: If you want to bookmark a webpage, you can drag its tab directly to the Bookmarks panel. To drag it to an arbitrary toolbar, hold the Shift key while dragging.

Closing tabs

To close an active tab:

  • use the keyboard shortcut  + W or Ctrl + W
  • click the close icon (“X”) on the tab
  • Shift-click the tab

To recover a closed tab, click on the “Closed Tabs” icon on the right side of the tab bar, and select the tab. Note that you cannot recover closed private tabs.

Tab stacking

In analogy with stacks of paper on your desk, tab stacking helps you to organize your tabs, by collecting related tabs into a group.

To create a stack, drag a tab so that it overlaps with any other tab, and drop it when the tab on bottom has a visible shadow. An arrow on the right side of a tab reveals the presence of a stack. Clicking on it expands or collapses the stack. Alternatively, hover the stack to show a set of clickable thumbnails.

To unstack a set of tabs, or close the entire stack, right-click (or Ctrl-click) the tab stack, and choose one of the options under Tab Stack in the tab context menu.

See the introductory video Tab stacking in Opera 11.

Visual tabs

To more easily identify your tabs, you can choose to display them as thumbnails. Drag the bottom of the tab bar down to expand tabs to larger thumbnails, or back up to minimize, or to any size in between. You can also middle-click or double-click the bottom of the bar to expand or collapse tabs.

If you do not want the visual tabs and drag handle to display, you can disable this option in one of several ways:

  • go to Preferences > Advanced > Tabs and deselect “Enable thumbnails in tabs”
  • right-click the tab bar, select “Customize” from the context menu, and deselect “Enable thumbnails in tabs”
  • go to Tools > Appearance > Toolbars, select the tab bar, and deselect “Enable thumbnails in tabs”

Private tabs

If you wish to browse without leaving a trace, for example, if you’re using someone else’s computer or a public one, you can use private tabs or windows. See more in the Private browsing topic.

Tab context menu

Right-click (or Ctrl-click) a tab to see its context menu.

Tab preferences

Opera/Settings> Preferences > Advanced > Tabs

The preferences let you tweak Opera’s tab setup to your liking.

When cycling through tabs with Option + Tab

By holding the Option key and repeatedly pressing Tab, you can cycle through all the tabs you have open within the active Opera window. This setting allows you to choose what order the tabs should be cycled in, and whether you want to see the list of open tabs while you are cycling through them.

Cycle in recently used order
The default setting places the recently used tabs at the top of the list
Cycle in tab bar order
This setting lists the tabs in the order that they appear on the tab bar
Cycle without showing list
This setting uses tab bar order, but does not show the list

Show thumbnails in tab cycle

Check “Show thumbnails in tab cycle” to display a thumbnail of the selected tab in the tab cycle.

When closing a tab

Activate the last active tab
The default setting returns focus to the most recently used tab
Activate the next tab
This setting returns focus to the next tab on the tab bar
Activate first tab opened from current tab
This setting returns focus to tabs created from within the closed tab

Reuse current tab

When you open an item from the panels, such as a bookmark, the default action is to open the document in the current tab. If you prefer such items to be opened in a new tab, uncheck “Reuse current tab”.

Open new tab next to active

By default, new tabs are added at the end of the tab bar. Check “Open new tab next to active” if you want new tabs to appear next to the active tab on the tab bar.

Show thumbnails when hovering tabs

By default, a thumbnail of the page is shown when hovering a tab. To disable this behavior, uncheck “Show thumbnails when hovering tabs”.

Enable thumbnails in tabs

See Visual tabs.

Additional tab options

Show close button on each tab

By default, a close button is displayed on each tab. Uncheck “Show close button on each tab” to remove the close buttons.

Open windows instead of tabs

By default, new tabs open within a single Opera application window. Select “Open windows instead of tabs” to make new tabs open in a separate window.


Opera’s most important functions can be found on toolbars in the form of buttons, input fields, and drop-down menus.

Address bar

The Address bar contains buttons for the most important browser functions as well as the web address (URL) field.

Image Item Explanation
  • Back
  • Forward
Go back and forth in page history
  • Stop
  • Reload
Interrupt page load in progress or update current page from server
Password Manager Automatically log in to sites using Password Manager
Page icon Drag to Bookmarks panel or bookmarks bar to create bookmark
Address field Displays the address of the current document. You can enter web addresses directly, or simply type a keyword you remember to activate the full text history search. You can resize this field by dragging the right edge. The web address is shown in a shortened version to help you identify websites. If you prefer to see the full web address for all sites, go to Opera/Settings > Preferences > Advanced > Browsing and check “Show full web address in address field”.
Progress indicator Displayed on the right side of the address field while the document is loading
Security indicator Displays the security status of the current document in the address field. Click on it for additional information.
RSS icon Displayed within the address field if the current page contains a valid link to an RSS or Atom feed
Address drop-down button Access recently typed addresses
Search field Search the web directly. You can resize this field by dragging the left edge.
Search drop-down button Select search engine

Tip: If you have a web address on the clipboard, press  + Shift + V or Ctrl + Shift + V to “paste and go” to the address.

Progress indicator

When a page loads, a progress indicator appears within the address field.

Tab bar

See the Tabs topic for more information.

Status bar

The status bar displays information about hovered items in webpages as well as in the browser.

Fit to width Squeeze page contents to avoid horizontal scrolling
Show images Toggle image display: all, none, or cached images only
Zoom field Zoom in to enlarge text and images, or zoom out to get an overview

Optional toolbars

Main bar

The Main bar is hidden by default. It mainly contains buttons for document handling, such as saving and printing files, as well as buttons that will tile or cascade all open documents on your workspace.

Some sites provide special navigational links to make navigation within the site easier. Opera can display these links in the form of a navigation bar above the page contents.

Which buttons are active (not grayed out) on the navigation bar, depends on the information provided by each page. This toolbar is not turned on by default. A particularly useful setting for this bar is “Show only when needed”, which will hide the navigation bar completely whenever it is empty.

The Start bar is disabled by default. It drops down from the address field when the latter is focused.

Home Go to your home page
Top 10 Access your 10 most visited links
Bookmarks Access your bookmarks

View bar

The View bar is disabled by default.

Find in page Search within current document
Find next Find next occurrence of search term in document
Fit to width Squeeze page contents to avoid horizontal scrolling
Page mode Customize page style; click button to toggle between modes, use drop-down to select style
Print preview button Preview printed version of current document
Show images Toggle image display: all, none, or cached images only
Zoom field Zoom in to enlarge text and images, or zoom out to get an overview