Look and feel

Custom toolbars

Add or remove toolbars

You can easily add or remove toolbars by going to View > Toolbars.

Customize toolbars

You can change the appearance of a toolbar by adding items, changing where or when it displays, changing the style and wrapping, or returning to its defaults. To do this, Ctrl-click the toolbar and select “Customize”. The toolbar is highlighted by a yellow border and you can start customizing the toolbar in the following ways:

  • To add an item, such as a button or search field, select “Appearance” and in the resulting dialog, click “Buttons” and drag a new button from the list for any toolbar to the highlighted toolbar.
  • To change where the toolbar displays in the browser, select “Appearance” and change the Placement setting.
  • To change the style of the toolbar, for example, to use text rather than buttons or images, select “Appearance” and change the Style setting.
  • To change the wrapping of the toolbar, select “Appearance” and change the Wrapping setting.
  • To set the toolbar to display only when it is needed, select “Appearance” and check “Show only when needed”. This is especially useful for the navigation bar.
  • To undo any changes you made and reset a toolbar to the default setting, select “Reset Toolbar to Its Defaults”.
  • To remove an item from a toolbar, select “Remove from Toolbar”.
  • To change the order in which toolbar buttons or icons appear, drag-and-drop the buttons or icons.
  • To change the size of the buttons on all toolbars, select Tools > Appearance > Skinand in the “Icon Size” field, select the percentage to scale the buttons.

Alternatively, you can go to:

  • View > Toolbars > Customize
  • Tools > Appearance > Toolbars

Use multiple toolbar setups

Besides customizing toolbars, you can also have more than one toolbar setup, for example, if you want a specific set of toolbars to use for a particular task, but you also want to keep the existing toolbar setup for general browsing. If you want to keep the existing setup around and create a new, additional one, follow these steps:

  1. Select the toolbar setup you want to use as a template and click “Duplicate”.
  2. Highlight the newly-created toolbar setup, select “Rename”, and name it so you can easily identify it.
  3. Select your new toolbar setup in the list and click “OK” to exit the preferences.
  4. You are now using the new toolbar setup. Right-click any toolbar and select “Customize” to go to the “Appearance” dialog, where you can drag and drop buttons, search fields and other toolbar elements.
  5. To return to the previous toolbar setup, select Opera/Settings > Preferences > Advanced > Toolbars and select the setup from the list.

Download toolbar setups

Members of the Opera community often share their custom-made setups for toolbars on the My Opera Community website. Have a look and see if there is a setup that suits you. If you create a custom setup that might be useful for other people, you can share it here too.

Display modes

Opera comes with a selection of different display modes to accommodate your hardware and your browsing habits. Two of these display modes that are particularly useful for laptop users: fit to width and full-screen mode. See the relevant topics listed below:


Changing fonts

To specify how fonts in different parts of the browser and webpages are displayed, go to Preferences > Advanced > Fonts and select an item in the list and click “Choose”.

Note: You may have to enable “My fonts and colors” in Author mode or User mode to make font changes for webpage elements work.

Font size

If text appears too small on certain pages, increase the minimum font size to ensure readability.

Font color

Not all webpages clearly specify styling for all page elements. Use this preference setting to choose which colors to use, and whether links should be underlined in such cases.

International fonts

If international characters appear incorrectly on a webpage, try changing the font used for the respective language.

Note: You may have to install fonts that are missing on your system.

Webpage fonts

Not all webpages clearly specify styling for all page elements. To choose which fonts to use in these cases, go to Opera/Settings > Preferences > Webpages.


Webpage audio

Webpages sometimes play audio tracks, such as music or voice.

Turn it off or on

When you do not want to hear webpage audio, for example, if you are listening to music from your computer, or are working in a shared environment, you can disable it. Go to Opera > Preferences > Advanced > Content and uncheck “Enable sound in webpages”. To turn it back on, check this option.

Program event sounds

Sound clips can be played for certain Opera program events. For example, you can play a jingle when a download is complete.

To set events sounds, go to Preferences > Advanced > Notifications, select an event and click “Choose”. Select a sound file from your computer.

Set site-specific preferences

If you want to disable or enable sound for a particular website, you can use site preferences.


A theme is a collection of instructions, colors, and graphics, such as the background image and some colorization, used to change Opera’s look with one click.

Get a new theme

To get a new theme, go to Opera add-ons: Themes, choose one you like and click “Add to Opera”. The theme is applied and a bar displays at the top of the window that allows you to keep the theme (Done X), or revert to the previous theme (Undo). If you don’t make a decision after a short while, the theme is automatically applied and this bar disappears.

Alternate menu path: Go to Tools > Appearance > Themes and select “Find More Themes”.

If you chose not to keep the theme by selecting “Undo”, it will be deleted from your computer by Opera.

Change, delete or add themes

Go to Tools > Appearance > Themes to change or delete themes. When you delete a theme, the next theme in the list is applied. You can also add a new theme by clicking the “Find More Themes” button.