You can change the background in 18 by installing a theme. Layout was an option in 12.xx - back when speed dial didn't support folders - but has not been reimplemented as of 18. (There is a setting in the latest test version, Opera 19 Developer, but that is still considered unstable.)
The info you found was apparently for Opera 12 or earlier, which Pesala's screenshot was from.
Let's say that over the years I have read quite a few answers by Pesala and they were often useful. But this time I am on the side of Saiyin. He brought up a lot of interesting points regarding the lack of a bookmark feature and the findings of Opera surveys. He made a innocent remark not intended at anyone, no explanations were given. Instead of getting a reply he got a lecture.
Saiyan did not ask an innocent question. He started this thread with a rant about all he thought was wrong with the new Opera and its lack of a bookmarks manager, with a personal attack thrown in for good measure. I am not defending the New Opera, I am well aware of its failings, and will continue using 11.64 until it is a better choice for me, but people need to get real here. It is a new product, and many planned features are not included yet. Others are not planned (integrated email, notes, etc.) — it will never be the same as Opera 12.x again. It is not a Chrome clone, and it won't be a clone of the old Opera either.
Saiyan brought up nothing of interest, just a lot of points that have been made repeatedly by others since Opera 15 was released. He apparently failed to read any of the previous replies on the forums and blogs. In my reply, I explained how to manage bookmarks on the QAB or use Opera Link, and further that a bookmark manager was being worked on.
Now you join the fray shouting “WE DO WANT BOOKMARKS BACK” when you have already been told that they're working on it. How about doing some reading before giving me a lecture? The reasons why the email client is no longer integrated have also already been given many times. The mail client is no worse for being separated, it still has the same excellent features with fast search, and database filtering. The only loss is that it has been made rather less convenient to access from the browser. Customisable shortcuts could easily fix that. One minor improvement is that users can now check their mail without starting their browser — not something that I would use, but nevertheless an improvement for some.
There is an answer... Download Opera 19 Developer then under the 'More tools' drop down menu synchronize your previous bookmarks bar into Opera. It takes a while, but it's worth it.
One annoying fault that you will notice is that your bookmark icons will disappear. to fix this, left click on the folders within the newly created bookmarks bar and click on Open All. Again it takes a while, but once done, KERRCHING Opera is back to the great browser it used to be in Opera 12.
I will never understand the reasoning behind Opera's decision to scrap bookmarks. Speed Dial is farcical when you have more than say 20 bookmarks!
There is no reason for Opera 15/16/17/18. This fact has been stated multiple times for months now and the reasons have been provided. Use another browser before downloading useless Opium. This thread can be closed now.
Given that they're installed in the same folder I'd much appreciate more information before I reinstall 18 and check it out.
I alwasy use the USB install option, which makes it easy to keep things separate. To import your settings from 12.16 to Opera 18 use a command line switch with Windows Key + R:
"<Full path to Opera 18>\launcher.exe" --presto-small-prefs-dir="<Full path to old Opera>\profile"
As you read in the link that you gave, Opera 18 is far from complete yet. You could safely ignore it for now, but it's not a bad idea to start getting used to it. Opera 12.16 will become obsolete later, though it is still being maintained, i.e. 12.17 may be released if security updates are needed.
Many features are not available in the new version. Some may return later, but not all.
Speed Dials should import OK. You can enable the Quick Access Bar (aka Bookmarks Bar) by typing "opera:flags" in the URL field, then enabling it in Settings. Use the Bookmark Importer to add bookmarks to Speed Dial or the Quick Access bar.
Note that their code boxes scroll ... there's a lot more in that box than you see at first. Also note, they are using an external program compiled from an AutoHotkey script - without that program, it presumably won't work.
It looks like another case where the user "secured from himself", because there can be no distinction between a search engine set willingly and covertly, unless they make it possible for the engine URL to be enterable via the GUI, and then encrypt it. But I guess that is not acceptable, because copying and seeing the URL is considered too complex for the user. I'd still see that method as unnecessary "secure" for a simple search engine, because if there is unwanted software writing to my configuration files running on my computer, setting the search engine is the least of my concerns. The only "safe" solution appears to be a set of search engines set by the authors.
Look, he raised the comparison to cameras not I. I simply accommodated him in his imperfect analogy. Opera is not going to reverse its direction. It's too late now. We've heard these same sob stories for months now with the result that... the new browser continues to be developed and the old becomes increasingly incompatible. If you don't like it - tough. That's life so deal with it.
Thanks for the reply. Opera version is what it says.
Control panel states Intel Celeron cpu 900 @ 2.2GHz. What's the diff between processor and core processor?
Looking at device manager, I don't see anything that says graphics card.
i do have "Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family" but not sure if that's what you want to see.