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Maintain Browser Consistency: Opera

I like to have more than one browser installed, as some are better suited than others for certain operations. It also helps to have a backup in case of failure. However, switching between multiple browsers can be a little jarring without some uniformity. So, my first step after installing Opera [1] was to establish an appearance and functionality similar to other browsers installed on my computer. Of course, everyone’s needs are unique but, using the tools described here, anyone should be able to develop a consistent look of their own.

My first change was to display the classic menus; File, Edit, View, etc. To do this, hold the Alt key and select Show Menu Bar

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…to display those familiar menus.

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Home Page

The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F12, brings up Preferences. To set the home page, under the General tab, either click the Use Current button (if you’re on the page you want as your home page), or type the URL of your preferred home page. Here, among other choices, you can also assign a startup page. Mine is set to open to the home page, but the Startup drop down menu offers other options.

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Default Search Engine

Under the Search tab in Preferences, select your preferred search engine and click the Edit button.

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In the Search Engine dialog box, check Use as default search engine (you may have to click the Details button to reveal this choice).

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If you’re on a page you’d like to add as a bookmark, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+D, to bring up the Add Bookmark dialog box.

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Click the Details button to reveal all options. The bookmark below was renamed WorldStart Home and Show on Bookmarks Bar was checked.

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To display the Bookmarks Toolbar, in the View menu, select Toolbars and check Bookmarks Bar.

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To edit or remove a bookmark from the toolbar, right click it and choose from the context menu. The Style option determines how bookmarks will appear on the toolbar.

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Properties opens the Bookmark Properties dialog box (very similar to the expanded Add Bookmarks dialog).

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Select Manage Bookmarks from the Bookmarks menu for more options.

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This opens the Bookmarks tab, where a variety of modifications are possible.

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To import bookmarks from another browser, under File, select a browser from the submenu. Then find and import bookmarks that have been exported from another browser. For information about exporting bookmarks from Internet Explorer, click here [14].

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Just as the original Big 3 (GM, Chrysler, and Ford) once dominated the asphalt landscape, the new Big 3 (Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome) currently reign over cyberspace travel. However, as it was with the original Big 3, that control might be more fragile than it appears, and an upstart could become the next cyber heavyweight. Opera may just be that digital trailblazer. Adjust it for comfort and take it for a spin.


To import bookmarks from another browser, under the File menu, scroll down to Import and Export and select a browser from the submenu. Then find and import bookmarks that have been exported from another browser. For information about exporting bookmarks in Internet Explorer, click here [14].