Two things that would make Opera the best brower in my opinion...

  • Hello,

    I really love Opera since it's a great browser that opens as quickly as Chrome, and that has a style close to Firefox's, but as a Firefox user (that I don't use regularly anymore because it has become buggy and slow as hell), I have two major grips that, unfortunately, are Chromium-inherent.

    The first complaint I have to make is that Opera, just like Chrome, loads all the tabs when you restore a session, instead of just putting it into the tab bar and waiting for the user to use/load it. This is not an issue if you have few tabs or a powerful computer (actually it can become one, if you manage to bypass the limit raised in the second point), but I still find it annoying, and it uselessly uses RAM while it slows down the loading of other tabs you might want to check. A great improvement, especially for memory use management, would be to allow users to choose whether they want Opera to pre-load their tabs at the browser's launch or not. (And I find stupid the way Chromium-based browsers load each tab into individual processes, even though it has some convenient uses like when a tab freezes, but that is another topic.)

    Then, from the first problem (at least, I think so) comes an artificial "limit" : the number of tabs that are displayed in the tab bar. Passed a certain number of tabs, the latest ones just do not appear anymore, and the other tabs are reduced to a few selectable pixels. The issue is way more annoying in Chrome, which does not display the tabs' icons anymore after a certain point. I ran into this problem with Chrome (as I usually have a lot of tabs), but I've just tested it and it is just the same with Opera, without the missing icons. This "limit" (because you can still open tabs afterwards, you just won't see them in the tab bar) is really an issue to me, as you should (in my opinion) have like in Firefox a scrolling tab bar when tabs risk being too small to see what they are or to conveniently click on them, instead of just compressing tabs until you reach a critical point where they don't appear anymore.

    If these two design issues are solved, Opera will probably become my default brower; until then, I am going to try my best to find alternative solutions.
    Thank you for reading.

  • Opera, just like Chrome, loads all the tabs when you restore a session, instead of just putting it into the tab bar and waiting for the user to use/load it

    Have you checked 'Delay loading of background tabs' in settings?

  • Have you checked 'Delay loading of background tabs' in settings?

    Oh thanks, I hadn't seen this functionality. It should be more visible though, not just into the advanced settings.

    Well, I guess I only have one suggestion left then, the scrolling tab bar, but that would require to use the "Delay loading of background tabs" setting, to avoid making Opera potentially unstable...

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