How to remove Google from Speed dial?

  • Ok, I'm starting to like Opera, and I'll become my default browser only if I can find a way, to remove that disgusting Google search bar inside the Speed Dial page. I just don't like it, is useless, unnecessary, and takes a lot of space.

    How do I remove it? Thanks for read me.

  • Settings > Start Page. Check "Hide the search box in Speed Dial"

    Note: you'll have to enable power user settings for this option to appear.

  • Thank you so very much! I didn't knew about Power User mode, and is very interesting how to enable it.

    I think Opera team should offer a clever way to get it, even if that implies 5 warning windows 😛

    Again thanks.

  • thx leocg, you actually made me keep opera!

  • I didn't knew about Power User mode, and is very interesting how to enable it.

    Use the Komani code while on the Settings page.

  • Opera was going up up, now its going down down, and being left right behind with obscure Komani codes to access it's settings. opera:config was a lot easier to use for power user settings that not everyone needed, however, there's no longer any need for this. Just put everything on the Settings tab:

    Browser
    Webpages
    Security & Privacy
    Power User Settings
    Experimental Features (opera:flags)
    Help

  • Hi
    I can't remove google search bar in speed dial.
    Here's the options I have with power user enabled: http://prntscr.com/3gk49t
    I have Opera 20.

    I never used that search bar. It doesn't make sense, because when I open a new tab, the cursor is on the url bar and it is possible to search in google on url bar, so why a google bar wasting space?

    How can I remove it?

  • Hi
    I can't remove google search bar in speed dial.
    Here's the options I have with power user enabled: http://prntscr.com/3gk49t
    I have Opera 20.

    What about the rest o the settings page? There is no power user options on your picture, are you sure it's enabled?

    The option is under Start Page.

  • Here's a more detailed explanation, if you're still having trouble. Maybe you did something wrong.

    You have to enter what's called, Power User Mode. Here's a link on it that explains:
    http://newsblog.wti.com/index.php/2013/11/opera-19-developer-update-how-to-enable-operas-power-user-mode/

    One thing not mentioned in the link, though. When you go to the settings page click an empty space first in that small Settings rectangle, to get yourself outside of the search box (if you're in the search box with the mouse, it will mess things up). Then follow the instructions at the link, which discuss doing: using your arrow keys -- up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, then the letters "b" and "a"

    Be sure to type type the small "b" and small "a"at the end. When you get the Welcome Box, click "proceed"
    Then you go down the menus. Scroll about half way down to the section on the Start Page, and put a check in hiding the search bar.

    That should do it!

  • I dont use Speed Dial, but every now and then I'll click off all the tabs and thats where I'd be, getting rid of the google search bar was easy enough, but then theres that other little search box, couldnt do anything with that to get rid of, or the Stash or the Discovery thing either, But I could get rid of the Thumbnails by reducing the size of the only remaining thumbnail to 1 x 1 instead of it's default size, it reduced the thumbnail to a dot so tiny you have to look hard to see it, so if i ever go to the speed dial by clicking off all the tabs i see pretty much my theme pic without most of the bullshit, hopefully new tweaking tips will be brought to life every now and then, Right On Man.

  • Here's a more detailed explanation, if you're still having trouble. Maybe you did something wrong.
    You have to enter what's called, Power User Mode. Here's a link on it that explains:
    http://newsblog.wti.com/index.php/2013/11/opera-19-developer-update-how-to-enable-operas-power-user-mode/
    One thing not mentioned in the link, though. When you go to the settings page click an empty space first in that small Settings rectangle, to get yourself outside of the search box (if you're in the search box with the mouse, it will mess things up). Then follow the instructions at the link, which discuss doing: using your arrow keys -- up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, then the letters "b" and "a"
    Be sure to type type the small "b" and small "a"at the end. When you get the Welcome Box, click "proceed"
    Then you go down the menus. Scroll about half way down to the section on the Start Page, and put a check in hiding the search bar.
    That should do it!

    Thanks 😄
    I thought power user was by only enabling developer tools. I missed that code.

  • Opera was going up up, now its going down down, and being left right behind with obscure Komani codes to access it's settings. opera:config was a lot easier to use for power user settings that not everyone needed, however, there's no longer any need for this. Just put everything on the Settings tab:
    Browser
    Webpages
    Security & Privacy
    Power User Settings
    Experimental Features (opera:flags)
    Help

    Of course, something in settings would be better for the user. Maybe the financial arrangement with Google (and clearly, Opera needs revenue to develop a free browser) is linked on the hiding of the Google Search bar being not that simple to accomplish. [Mod edit: adding link to another relevant comment: https://forums.opera.com/post/38175]

  • lem729,

    Just to point out, the link you put in your May 5th post above references "Remove Google search bar from speed dial", a discussion now closed. In that discussion, alreadybanned gave instructions in his April 11 post as to how to enable Power User Mode while on the Settings page. Those instructions were in error. Rather than repeat them, I'll quote the correct instructions, below:

    "...using your arrow keys -- up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, then the letters "b" and "a" Be sure to type type the small "b" and small "a"at the end."

    I thought this should be pointed out, just for clarity. (I would have put it in the other discussion, but of course, that one is closed, so I couldn't.)

    See also, this link (also mentioned above) which gives the same instructions with a bit more detail:

    http://newsblog.wti.com/index.php/2013/11/opera-19-developer-update-how-to-enable-operas-power-user-mode/

    aboutblank6

    5/18/2014

  • Pfff i honestly thought those konami cheats to enable power user mode were all troll posts (i'm not even joking), now i've finally tried it and i got the notification that power user mode is enabled but i still can't find the button to remove that sorry excuse for a searchbar.

    I could probably get it to work if i spend a little more time looking but imo as a first impression opera failed due to this very single obstacle.
    I've downloaded it because firefox has trouble with some webpages for me but as soon as they provide a fix i'm going to haul my ass back to mozilla because this is just overcomplicated and ridiculous.

    Google? Really? The ability to remove anything google related should be a number 1 priority in any non-chrome browser, if i want to use google i'll download chrome...

  • The ability to remove anything google related should be a number 1 priority in any non-chrome browser

    Opera is based on Chrome. Honestly though, based on your post, its not much of a surprise. You're are bumping a post that is 11 months old, complaining about how you couldn't figure out the Konami Code, can't figure out how to hide the search bar and don't even know that Chrome and Opera share a renderer. Firefox sounds perfect for you. Glad you registered here just to post that rant too btw.

  • @lando242 Konami Code is just dumb idea. Why doest it even exist? Its like cheats from games 10 years ago. Can you tell me the reason to hide settings with some stupid code? But of course why not to complicate it even more...

  • Can you tell me the reason to hide settings with some stupid code?

    I guess that the name "power user settings" explains it enough. The idea is (was?) to keep the regular user from messing up with some settings.

  • You can go to opera://settings/powerSettingsOverlay directly to access Power User mode.

  • I guess that the name "power user settings" explains it enough. The idea is (was?) to keep the regular user from messing up with some settings.

    Checkbox with warning should be enough. Still whats the point of nonsence code if you can do it easier. Who is regular user? You mean someone who dont even know what browser does he have? This type of users definitely dont have Opera so... point? Dont know about any BFU user with Opera. Only BFUs with Opera was users that had that browser from powerusers who installed it to them. But most poweruser I know dont recoment Opera anymore cause they just say use IE or Chrome it better. Ive uninstall Opera from all BFUs PCs and tell them the same.

  • Checkbox with warning should be enough.

    Never understimate someone's potential to mess up and break things. 🙂

    Still whats the point of nonsence code if you can do it easier.

    Already answered. Also, konami code is known and people can serach for it while a new code may not be easy to find.

    Who is regular user?

    The ones that are not power user, what means the majority of users.

    You mean someone who dont even know what browser does he have? This type of users definitely dont have Opera so... point?

    Based on what have been said and on my experience, i'm not sure that this is correct. Opera has lots of regular users.

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