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Anyway to hide or move the "Menu" drop-down list in the top left hand corner?

  • For me, I do not like the Menu drop down list in the top left-hand corner. I would like it in the top-right, maybe right to the Download button. Or possibly just auto-hide it until I scroll over it.

    I'm new to Opera so forgive me if this is an easy fix. Windows 10 64-bit, Opera 36.0.2130.46.

    PS: Is there a rough time frame that the current developer's version with the built-in adblock going to be a stable release? I want it for that reason plus that there's a 64-bit version 🙂

  • It's not possible to hide the menu button.

  • Firefox.

    Firefox uses CPU more aggressively, but it easier on the RAM memory than Opera.

    At the moment, Opera is using over 3 GB of my 3.5 GB with 31% of my Swap File filed, but it's easier on the CPU usage than Firefox. I think my CPU crashes if it runs too hard, so I'm sticking with Opera.

    Even Firefox has had to drastically reduce the amount of possible customization that can be performed on it. The old users are unhappily calling it a Chrome look-alike.

    I have two-thirds of a big red "O" in the upper left corner of my Opera window. I'm not sure it would be the first "style-choice" I'd make for the top bar. (On the other hand, there's only a Tab Bar and an Address Bar, and they don't take a lot of real estate, and that's a good thing.) Another recent comment on this forum is from someone who wants a traditional Menu bar, and forget the big red O. Personally, it's like a part time job trying to eliminate big horizontal bars taking real estate away from the webpage field, so I count my blessings. Getting the menu, vertically, when I click on the big red O is something I've gotten used to.

    Yeh, if they hid the menu button, then there's be no way to get the menu, anymore. That might be step too far.

  • Thank you, leocg. And nei1, I only dislike it because it's on the same vertical level as all my tabs. So it doesn't really differentiate itself well among tabs. Hiding it could be done in "advanced settings" perhaps, with "alt" serving as the hide/unhide hotkey.

  • perhaps, with "alt" serving as the hide/unhide hotkey.

    That's an interesting idea. I don't need the "O" button very often; if it were hidden until the Alt button were pushed, that would be oK with me.

  • perhaps, with "alt" serving as the hide/unhide hotkey.

    I just found that pressing the left Alt key almost provides that function -- it pops open the "O"-button menu. Functionally, that's more significant than making the "O" button hide/unhide. In fact, the "O" button is irrelevant, except as a destination for your mouse if you prefer to open the menu the hard way instead of tapping the Alt key. (Pressing the right Alt key doesn't do anything.)

    Maybe it's possible for Opera to add a checkbox that makes displaying the "O" button selectable. Extreme Opera lovers could choose to keep the "O" button visible. Wishy-washier Opera lovers might prefer to hide it, and make a little extra room on the Tabs bar. Either way, hitting left-Alt pops open the menu.

    The default after installation should have the "O" button visible, or else newbies might not realize that it takes a tap on the Alt key to get into the menu. The checkbox for hiding the "O" button could have a note next to it saying that you can still use the Alt key to pull down the menu.

    == Keyboard Shortcuts ==

    Mouse-free is where it's at. The menu can be popped open with the left-Alt key, then you can use the arrows to select a menu item, mouse-free. More productivity; increased national GDP.

    There are keyboard shortcuts for many items on the "O" menu.

    • Alt-P, as in "Preferences," opens the Settings in a new tab. (Does "Settings" need to be renamed "Preferences?") Not to be confused with Ctrl-P.
    • Ctrl-H for History in a new tab.

    I wouldn't object if the remaining menu items did have keyboard shortcuts, just in case someone is going through a phase and using one of the other items a lot.

    You don't even have to pop open the menu to use those keyboard shortcuts, except to see the reminder for what the shortcut is. So the "O" wouldn't have to be visible.

    Menu is missing Ctrl-W for closing the single, active tab. (Don't try it now.)

    Interesting idea about making it selectable whether the "O" button is visible or not. But it's hard for us civilians to know what Opera is locked into by Chrome. We don't actually know if it's possible to make the "O" button's appearance on the Tab bar an option. And if there are any parallels to Firefox, then what is customizable today could be taken away tomorrow -- and left a little uglier.

  • Really I don't see how the o button can be confused with other tabs, there is some deliberate design to differentiate it from other tabs.

    I do prefer my menus on the right, but I very seldom visit the o menu having edited mt right click menu to have my most used functions. So it doesn't bother me much. I would not like it if the big red O was not there tho, I think its cool

  • @nei1

    You may not like the 2/3 red O in the top corner, but wait until you upgrade to Windows 10. Then you'll get a (full) black O.

    It's amazing how M$ spent 15 years making the Windows GUI as intuitive and pretty as they were able to, and then they just thrashed the whole idea in favour of flat colours. I cannot count the number of times I've closed the wrong window in Win8/8.1/10, just because some idiot at M$ decided that a simple black-on-white X is easier than a white-on-red one. Note that the black-on-white X is the same as the one that is used to close a file within an application. Now it serves for everything - such is "progress". And I'm forever using the wrong scroll bar.