For those of you new to Opera who like to learn through seeing something being done, this page collects a series of visual guides (Flash based) for a variety of small or large topics related to learning how to use the Opera browser. Opera also has some flash tutorials on offer. If you would like to make some tutorials of your own, see MakingFlashTutorials for more information.
This visual tutorial gives a brief tour of the Opera user interface for new users. The guide shows interaction with the Page bar, the Panels, the Address bar, the Start bar and the View bar:
Users coming from other browsers sometimes want Opera to have the layout of their previous browser, which invariably means having the navigation and address entry functions above the page (tab) bar. In said other browsers, the toolbar would be dragged or moved to get the desired effect. Opera works differently: Toolbars contain buttons and fields, and you drag these elements around between toolbars. This allows you to mix and match functions from several different toolbars into one.
This visual tutorial will simply show you how to make Opera have your navigation buttons and address entry field above the tab bar:
Note: If you use the ad-sponsored version — it is better to use the status bar to add your navigation buttons (as it doesn't resize the google textads as the main bar does) — but remember to set its placement to Top.
As part of Opera’s extensive advancement of multi-device rendering, it has introduced a new display mode, known as “Fit to Window Width”. This mode readjusts the web page to remove any horizontal scrollbars, and if the width of the window falls below a certain amount, will automatically switch into small screen rendering (SSR).
This tutorial has its own page: ControllingPopups
A very useful feature of Opera is something called the hotclick. When we double-click any word on a page, that word is selected and a context menu appears with several options. These options include checking the hotclicked content in a dictionary & thesaurus, translating to⇔from several languages, storing it as a research note or sending it by mail; even getting Opera to read it to us!
This tutorial has its own page: StylingWebPages
Whenever you hover your mouse over a web link, a tooltip appears with the real address of that link (also shown in the status bar if you have activated it). Make sure, especially if you are following a link to a secure or important site that you check the real address first. As an example, here we see a email apparently from “eBay” — the tooltip saves the day!