View webpages

Full screen mode

Full-screen mode allows you to use the entire computer screen for browsing. This removes all menus and toolbars from view, but you will of course still be able to use context menusmouse gestures, and keyboard shortcuts.

Turn full screen mode on or off

To turn on full-screen mode, go to View > Full screen. To return to normal screen view, use the same menu path to deselect it.

Alternate menu path: Ctrl-click the webpage and select “Full Screen” from the context menu

Keyboard shortcut for Mac: Option+F11

Opera Show

If a web document is styled for the “projection” media type, switching to full-screen mode turns Opera into a presentation tool. Use Page Up and Page Down to switch slides.

Fit to width

Opera’s rendering engine supports flexible reformatting of all webpages. A lot of webpages are made for specific screen resolutions and sizes. Fit to width adjusts the page size to the available screen space, which is particularly useful if you use a laptop.

Turn fit to width on or off

To apply fit to width to the webpage you are viewing, go to the right of the status bar, and click the arrow next to the zoom slider. Select “Fit to Width” and the page will be adjusted accordingly. To return to normal display mode and turn off fit to width, select this option again.

Alternate menu path: View > Fit to width.

Keyboard shortcut: +F11.

To permanently enable fit to width so that it is applied to all webpages you view, go to Opera > Preferences > Webpages and in the image and zoom settings section, check “Fit to width”.


Recently visited webpages, collectively known as “history”, are stored by Opera so that you can review them later. The simplest point of entry into the browser history is the “Back” button (), but it is not the only one: you can search for webpages in your history based on the time of last visit, or on the content of the page.

To the extent that it is possible, history is cached: to display the cache, type opera:cache into the address field. Depending on the settings in preferences, history items are eventually removed from the list.

History is chronological

To display the global history, type opera:history into the address field. Alternatively, open the history panel (shortcut:Ctrl + 8), where your history is divided into categories: “Today”, “Yesterday”, “Earlier this week”, “Earlier this month”, and “Older”.

As you are browsing, Opera creates a searchable database of your history, based on the full text content of all visited webpages. To access this database, type a keyword into the address field, or in the “Quick find” field in the history panel. The same information is available from the page opera:historysearch.

Typed history

Opera includes a special category of history items called “typed history”. This category includes only those addresses that have been entered explicitly, as opposed to addresses that were visited via a link. Typed history is accessible by clicking the drop-down arrow on the right side of the address field, or by pressing the down arrow on the keyboard when the address field is in focus. Opera Link enables the sharing of your typed history with other computers and devices.


Preferences > Advanced > History

Remember visited addresses for history and auto-completion

You can specify the maximum number of visited addresses Opera should remember. Please note that a very large history might cause Opera to take longer to start up.

To delete the global history, press Clear.

Remember content on visited pages

When this box is checked, full-text search of your history is enabled.

Show page size

The title bar is the bar at the very top of the Opera application window, which displays the title of your currently active webpage as well as “Opera”. You can change settings to also show the size of the current webpage. This is useful if, for example, you have made a webpage and want to know how it looks with different window sizes.

Turn page size display on or off

To change this setting, go to Preferences > Advanced > Browsing and check “Show webpage size in title bar” to display the page size, or uncheck it to hide it.

Searching in Opera

Searching the web and searching within webpages is completely integrated in Opera.

Find in page

To find a specific word or phrase within a document, you have two main options:

    1. Go to Edit > Find or press +F or Ctrl + F to open the search bar.
    2. Press . (period), then start typing the search word or phrase to find as you type. If you press , (comma) instead, you will search only within the text of the links on the page.

All search results on the page will then be highlighted, and the first search result will be focused. You can press F3 (or +G or Ctrl+G) to move focus to the next search result.

Searching the web

There are multiple ways to make use of Opera’s integrated searches.

  1. Type into the search field on the address bar, use the drop-down to find the desired search engine.
  2. Type into the address field itself, using the keyword for the specific search engine you want and a word or phrase to search for. For example type g "vampire slayer" to search Google for a vampire slayer.
  3. Select and Ctrl-click a word or phrase, and select a search engine from the context menu.

Custom searches

Opera comes with a useful set of default search engines, but you may want to add some of your own favorite searches to the mix.

To add a new search engine of your own choice, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the site that has the search you want.
  2. Ctrl-click the search field.
  3. Select “Create search” from the context menu.
  4. Edit the name of the search engine to your liking.
  5. Add a short keyword to be able to use the search engine directly from the address field, as described above.
  6. Click “OK”, and the new search is added and can be used anywhere within Opera.

If you want to make the new search your default search engine, expand the dialog by clicking the “Details” button, and check the “Use as default search engine” box. To make it your default search engine on your Speed Dial, check “Use as Speed Dial search engine”. Click “OK” to save the changes.

In the expanded dialog, you can also edit the search string directly and specify that the POST method should be used for this search.

Search preferences

To manage your searches, go to Opera/Settings > Preferences > Search. Here, you can change the keywords and search strings for existing searches, as well as delete searches you regret adding.

Site preferences

Sometimes you may want to change settings permanently for one website only. If you know that one of your favorite websites relies on using pop-ups, for example, using Opera’s site preferences you can allow all pop-ups from this specific site while still blocking them on other sites. You may also want to allow trusted websites, such as your bank, to use more technologies than, for example, a game site you just happened to stumble across.

To add or edit site preferences, ctrl-click a page while browsing the site and select Edit site preferences. A dialog displays, that allows you to adjust the following settings for the website:

Note: Site preferences have a higher priority than quick preferences, so if you have set site preferences and then change a setting using the Quick Preferences menu option, it will not override the setting in site preferences.

To manage all site preferences, go to Preferences > Advanced > Content and select the “Manage site preferences” button.

Style modes

Style menu

Opera’s built-in user style sheets can be used to improve readability, debug markup, and drastically change the appearance of webpages. To use the available style sheets, select View > Style and choose from the following:

Tip: To switch between Author and User modes while browsing, press Shift+G, or use the drop-down button on the View bar.

Mode settings

To adjust settings for “Author mode” and “User mode” modes, go to Preferences > Advanced > Content, click the “Style Options” button, and select the “Presentation Modes” tab.

You can select which mode to use as a rule, and you can edit display settings for each mode. Note that “My fonts and colors” and “My link style” refer to the settings for fonts in the Webpages tab of Preferences.

Display frames, forms and scrollbars

To control the display of frames, forms and scrollbars, go to Preferences > Advanced > Content and select the “Style Options” button.

If you disable frames or inline frames, pages that use them will display alternative content if available.

To see how webpages with frames are constructed, enable frame borders. When you view framed pages, the currently active frame will always be outlined.

You can choose whether to show forms and scroll bars in webpages in the standard style or allow websites to style them differently.

Use your own style sheet

Go to Preferences > Advanced > Content and click “Choose” to select a personal style sheet to use. Note that the default “user.css” is a blank file. This style sheet will not be listed on the Style menu.

Learn more about user CSS

Set site-specific preferences

If you want to change the style sheet for a particular website, you can use site preferences.


Zoom allows you to magnify content to read websites with small text easily, or zoom out to see the whole webpage. Opera’s zoom resizes all elements of the page, not just text.

To use it, go to the bottom-right of the window and click the Zoom (100%) button. Use the zoom slider to zoom in or zoom out. To return to the default setting, click the arrow to the left of the slider and select 100%.

Change the zoom settings

To change the default zoom level and automatically apply this to webpages, go to Preferences > Webpages and select the default in the “Page zoom” field.