Drag and drop URLs from Opera Address bar to desktop (or another folder)

  • I've just recently changed my browser from Chrome to Opera.
    Using Chrome (and other browsers) I can drag URLs (the favicon actually) from the address bar and drop it to the desktop (or another folder). However, in Opera 31 this doesn't work, while dragging and dropping a URL from history (as a tedious workaround) and from a webpage is possible.

    I searched the forum and found the following topics:

    1 - Drag-to-desktop to create shortcut missing

    2 - How to Drag and Drop URLs to Folders

    3 - Drag'n'drop URL to desktop not available

    Opera developers, could you please add this functionalty to the Opera browser as it is indispensable for many users.
    Thanks in advance

  • The removal of this feature when Opera became a Chrome clone was the sole reason I sopped using Opera after 15+. It's weird Opera is the only browser that has chosen to remove this feature. It's awkward having to go through the History to bookmark a site but I'll give it the college try until I find another browser to fill the position Opera is leaving vacant here.

  • True question: why would someone needs this?

  • when you find a page you wish to see often, or as soon as you start your computer, it's very convenient to have the link right there on your desktop - to create that link, all other browsers permit you to simply drag and drop the link on your desktop. opera does not, for some crazy reason.
    does that help?

  • when you find a page you wish to see often, or as soon as you start your computer,

    And why not just add it as a bookmark or Speed Dial or even a home page? It wouldn't make much diference.

  • I like to drag & drop URLS to the desktop as temporary bookmarks or very quick reference when I don't have Opera open. There are also times when I want to save the bookmark in a folder of related documents in My Documents. There are multiple reasons for wanting this functionality. I use it with other browsers, and seriously miss it when I cannot do it with Opera.

  • Another reason (mine): I have a compilation of applications for Windows. In most of them I have the shorcut to homepage for each application to download new versions. Useful or not?

  • I currently have close to a hundred shortcuts that I have saved on my desktop. While I can save pages as bookmarks, if I saved that many, it would create a nightmare trying to find the one I want. On my desktop I can create icons for them, group them by similarity, etc., NONE of which can be done in Opera. The more important question already asked but never answered with an actual answer is: why, when every other Browser available allows the user to do that, Opera does not. It was why I quit using Opera last time, and I'm about to quit using it again for the same reason.

    Another question is: why there isn't a method to ask the question to the people that need to answer it, which is the Opera developers. Other users are not likely to know why as is evident.

    Final question is: Why is there always someone on every forum that apparently LIVES on the forum, and instead of providing useful answers, trolls the comments and challenges them with questions like "Why do you need that?" Why do you need to know that? If you have a solution, offer it. If you don't know, keep quiet. 7,874 posts???? SERIOUSLY???

  • @disasterman - obviously that person knows how the world should be much better than we lowly mortals do. but to the question at hand, i've never seen an answer to this in the 14+ years i've used opera, on and off. i mostly use Seamonkey, also designed by Mozilla. not as many bells and whistles but fast, streamlined and has drag and drop URL capability.

  • Another question is: why there isn't a method to ask the question to the people that need to answer it, which is the Opera developers. Other users are not likely to know why as is evident.

    Opera doesn't offer individual support. Opera's support is by this forum, the blog and social networks.

    And even if developers were answering questions here, they couldn't give all wanted answers.

    Final question is: Why is there always someone on every forum that apparently LIVES on the forum, and instead of providing useful answers, trolls the comments and challenges them with questions like "Why do you need that?" Why do you need to know that?

    That's simple: because if you want a feature or anything implemented on a software (or any product, service, etc), you need to show why it should be implemented by saying how it would benefit the (majority of) users. You need to show why your suggestion (or the one you are supporting) should be take in consideration.

    If you have a solution, offer it.

    If you didn't notice, this is the forum for suggestions and requests. You will not find solutions here most of the time.

    If you don't know, keep quiet.

    Sorry but this is not how things work here. As long as the forum rules are respected, anyone can comment on any topic and can reply to any comment.
    If you or anyone else don't like a comment, just ignore it.

  • ... if you want a feature or anything implemented on a software (or any product, service, etc), you need to show why it should be implemented by saying how it would benefit the (majority of) users.

    This 'majority' part is what is killing a lot of software. Sure I can understand economic reasons behind this, but it makes me sometimes sad to see how some unique and interesting piece of software starts to gravitate toward 'majority' and lose its face. Not that opposite trend (include only unique, not standard features) is any better 🙂

    About topic - I have desktop PC with multiple users (I know, I know, this is so 20th century) and I sometimes create links to interesting sites or pages for my wife and copy these links to her desktop (and vice versa). For static pages I can save those in mhtml, but for dynamic pages saved links (internet shortcuts) are the only good way. Currently I just open IE and perform some copy-pasting for this task... She uses IE anyway.

    About trolling - I've seen numerous cases, when innocent question is attacked with 'Why do you need this?' attitude. Your question likely was of genuine interest (and IMO not qualifies as trolling), but often this "Why..." is succeeded by stating that asker is idiot and his/her request makes not sense and he/she should use software in different way or even for different purposes.

  • This 'majority' part is what is killing a lot of software. Sure I can understand economic reasons behind this, but it makes me sometimes sad to see how some unique and interesting piece of software starts to gravitate toward 'majority' and lose its face.

    Even if not targeting the majority of users, new features should be something that may help keeping current users and adding new ones.
    If there is a chance that the suggested feature will not serve for that propose, then it may not worth working on it, specially if you have a small amount of resources.

  • leoc g

    I personally use folders to organize all of the assets related to my projects - things like plans, strategies, installers, code, procedures, & information resources. It makes sense to me.
    Research is a part of most of my projects. So for those I need a project to be able to reference web resources somehow. For me it's very convenient to be able to collect and organize web links while I am researching, by simply dragging the URL right into my project collection. With this work flow I am able to organize the resource right then and there, rather than waiting till some later time to re-address it. It becomes more complicated. And at that later time if I have to navigate somebody else's idea of what works organizationally and convert it to how I do things, adds more complication. And its easy to forget things. Occasionally while researching for one project I'll stumble on some web resource that helpful to another project. So by being able to drag/drop URLs to the two project folders right then is huge. Again it removes the later complication of re-visiting and re-referencing resources and trying to remember which projects need it. To me at least, flexibility and practicality are paramount because they help me be effective. It's my firm opinion that functional flexibility is one of the criteria of great application design.

    In my opinion the argument of considering or supporting features based on the majority or based on some perception of the majority has pitfalls. To say that here doesn't seem reasonable - first of all there's no formal mechanism for voting on this blog...

    But I think a lot of what you are saying about majority-driven design is also an oversimplification - What the majority wants can easily be distilled into that fickle herd mentality that lives for cultural fads. The "herd" doesn't necessarily know what it needs or wants; but it's got members with itching senses that are waiting to be fed by the new and the novel... often it's the blind leading the blind. Or it's a crafty few
    manipulating majority trends. A lynch mob is majority-driven decision making at its worst.

    But if we add time and sensibility to the equation, the notion of majority-influenced functionality can become more compelling. Then it's about value, purpose and analysis. Over time we can analyze and learn from mistakes, we can see what persists in majority culture and why. The differences between fad and value, fashion and practicality, whim and purpose become clear. We begin to see the value where it sits. Society has a way of adopting what has worked and continues to work. Those things tend to float to the top and become more permanent fixtures or standards within culture, to the extent that they become the norm, or defacto standards. But the majority seldom drives creation of great functionality; rather, it reacts to it and adopts it to some level. I'm sure that the creators of Opera get most of this...

    Over the years this URL issue has been debated over and over in Opera circles. The functionality has emerged and disappeared a few times within various releases. Yet over the same period of time the functionality has arguably become a defacto standard among the major browsers. Whether it has or not, many or most browsers do offer the functionality. So then the question becomes not so much "why should Opera do it?"; but rather, "why isn't Opera doing it?".

  • Bravo! A very deep and intellectually stimulating exercise, probly wasted on the bipolar knuckle-headed "moderator" here but a gallant attempt to enlighten said individual nonetheless. Well done, sir.

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