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Would like to disable taskbar animation while downloading

  • Situation:
    While a download is occurring, the Opera button in the taskbar is constantly playing an animation.

    This is very very distracting. That animation is distracting should not be a question; ads are disabled because they are animated.
    So the entire time I'm trying to use my computer while Opera is downloading, my eyes keep getting drawn to the Opera taskbar. It is actually bad enough for me that I will not use Opera.


    Anything that gives me an ability to not have the animation show.

    For example, a setting that would allow me to disable it.

    Or a way to minimize Opera to the system tray instead of the taskbar.

    Or just removing it would be fine.

    Scroll up a bit and try to read while keeping the animation below in view. Pretty distracting. The animation sometimes works and sometimes not, but you would get the idea.

  • I don't think it's possible to turn off the download indicator.

    BTW, your example is kinda exaggerated.

  • Thanks for getting right back to me. On the animation being somewhat exaggerated, that's true. Especially since it turns out there are two different behaviors from Opera, and it's way exaggerated compared to the "normal" behavior.

    So actually I just noticed something very specific about the problem case.

    If the server sends the file length back to Opera, then it slowly fills up the taskbar icon, and that's not a problem at all.

    The real problem is when the server doesn't send the length, so that Opera doesn't know how big the file is. Then the animation is rapid and repeated. If I could go back & edit the original comment (don't think it's possible) then I would indicate that this is the only problem.

    For example, try and download this link:

    Note that as soon as Opera prompts for a download location, the taskbar button starts animating rapidly. And then even after you've selected the download location, the button keeps animating rapidly.

    Thanks again!