Wish I received these replies a bit earlier lol. I kept googling and didn't think about reinstalling an older version of Opera first, so I resorted to manually copy and pasting each address from the file into another browser and creating new bookmarks. Took me 4 hours but now they're sorted... Thanks anyway, if I ever come back to Opera this info might come in handy.
I use Neater Bookmarks for Chrome. And you get something akin to a sidebar (more like a vertical drop-down menu, but with nice space for helping to organize bookmarks. I find it to be a very useful extension.
There's a picture of what you get at that link. To use a Chrome extension in Opera, you need the Opera Extension, called "Download Chrome Extension." https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/?ref=menu
Putting aside for the moment the fact that changing the locale does not in fact work (it seems this setting is hardcoded from the locale at install time, and I am not reinstalling), changing the locale of the OS interferes with other localized applications when Opera already has a setting for this which is being completely ignored. It's not a reasonable solution.
I am using the second suggestion already, a custom search with a keyword. However I have been using the keyword for wikipedia in opera for years and it is quite difficult to change those old habits.
I'm not looking for ways to cope with the problem, I'm looking for ways to fix it.
Or in the very least, making sure someone is aware that it is currently broken.
I think all three markets feed each other. If Opera does well with its new Opera for Android or Coast for Ipad or Ipod, it sends customers to Desktop Opera, and if it does well in Desktop Opera, it semds customers to its mobile versions. It would make no sense to give short shrift to any of the areas. You're convinced, jito463 . . . Said another way, you've closed your mind on this. You don't like Desktop Opera, and from there you believe Opera has given up. Ha, I think it's doing great in Desktop Opera and with its mobile devices. I use it in the different areas -- desktop and mobile, because I find what Opera is doing better and more enjoyable for me than what the competition offers. And I am crazy about browsers. I have all of the main competitors on my desktop computer and on my tablets -- just to test them.
Well, it's a free product and a pleasure to use in many ways. When they get sync done, why it will be even better. But no doubt then you will have something else to complain -- and always about the other guy who screwed up. Now rafaelluik gave you a reasonable work around. It may take a tad of effort, but . . . Oh, I know, that's too much for you! Have a wonderful day, joefonebone.
Well written. Necessity and the inevitable nature of change in software. Nothing stays forever so we simply move with the changes as best we can. And unless our work is seriously dependent upon former Opera features (and I can't think that this is actually the case as many claim... after all... surely we can learn to make do with what is available) then it behooves us to learn to adapt. And really... that's the long and short of it.