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Opera Speed Dial

Friday, June 27th, 2008 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

I just started using the Opera Web browser the other day and if you can, I’d love to learn more about the Speed Dial feature. Please share any information you may know. Thanks!

Oooh, great question! I, too, am a relatively new Opera Web browser user and at first, I didn’t quite understand the Speed Dial function either. But once I sat down and really tried to figure it out, I was hooked! Opera is known for coming up with different ways to simplify your online life and they’ve really hit the nail on the head with this one. So, if you’re interested in learning more about the Speed Dial feature in Opera, please keep reading. Also, if you’re a seasoned Speed Dial user, I urge you to read this tip as well, because I’ve got some brand new Speed Dial information to share with you. Okay, let’s get started!

So, tell me, do you have a lot of Web sites you visit frequently? You know, you have the same few you go to almost everyday and if you didn’t, you’d be afraid you’re missing out on something. Well, do you ever get tired of typing in those Web addresses every single time you visit a site? I mean, the process can get pretty repetitive and slightly annoying after awhile. And that’s right when Speed Dial comes to the rescue!

The Speed Dial feature allows you to save a set of your favorite Web sites that comes up as a visual bookmark area every time you open a new browser window or tab. That way, you can go up to the site you’d like to visit, give it one click and you’ll be whisked away. With just one click, you ask? Yep, that’s all it takes!

Once you have Opera installed on your computer (the latest version is 9.5 and you can get it here), you can add a new Web site to your Speed Dial list by simply clicking on an empty Speed Dial space and typing in the site’s URL. Opera will even give you suggestions based on your browsing history and the other bookmarks you have saved. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

So, what other news do I have about Speed Dial? Well, with version 9.5, you can now add even more Speed Dial slots to your Opera browser. You get nine of them to start out with, but if you have more than nine favorite Web sites, you’re going to need more and now you can have them! That’s right, you can now customize how many Speed Dial spaces you want shown at any given time. To get started, make sure you have at least one Speed Dial entry already added and then type “about:opera” into the address bar to get to the Opera Preferences area.

Next, close your Opera browser (it’s very important for you to do that) and then open the “speeddial.ini” file found in the Opera Preferences directory you just opened. Then just add these lines somewhere near the top of the directory:


You can adjust the rows and columns to meet your needs. If you need two more Speed Dial slots, put Rows=2, Columns=2. If you need six or even 10, go ahead and type that in. When you’re finished, open your Opera browser once again. Now, you will need to experiment with the rows and columns you add so that they will fit on your screen properly. Opera only allows a certain size for each Speed Dial entry, so if they don’t all fit on your screen, they will just disappear and you won’t be able to access them. So, you just need to play around and figure out what works the best for your screen size.

Either way, when it’s all said and done, you’ll have more Speed Dials than you ever thought possible. And I’m sure you’ll come to find out that your Opera experience just wouldn’t be the same without them. Happy speed dialing, my Opera friends!

~ Erin

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