Remove Google search bar from speed dial

  • Just installed Opera 20. Is there a way to remove the Google search bar from speed dial or change it to another search engine? Changing search engine preference only changes search engine used in address bar search, does not affect the Google search bar below it. If this can't be removed or changed, I will be uninstalling Opera. Thank you.

    [Thread closed as a duplicate of https://forums.opera.com/topic/1036/how-to-remove-google-from-speed-dial]

  • You can remove it from Speed Dial by way of a silly easter egg; Go to the settings page and click an empty spot on that page, then (using your arrow keys) up, down, up, down, left, right, left, right, then the letters "b" and "a" this unlocks another mode which gives you the option. simple enough right?

    As for your own default search engine, I'm sure just like with bookmarks, studies show that you only need google and the either provided search engines. So while you can add new ones, you can't make them your default. Or maybe it's because we have had only 5 major version releases so such a big feature will take time to implement. Opera is built from scratch don't you know?

    Honestly, the loss of features that I used regularly and lack of customization is bad enough but the google integration with NO way to remove it is the thing that leaves the most bitter taste in my mouth. Welcome to the New Opera Order

  • Just help the poster without the horrible negativity, already banned. it wouldn't hurt you ;)))) If you're like this about your life, you're in big trouble.

    What you have to do to make the change is to enter Power User Mode. Here's a link on it:

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

    Already banned is quite right though, that when you go to the settings page click an empty space first, to get yourself outside of the search box (if you're in the search box with the mouse, it will mess things up.

    Then you do the stuff with the arrow keys . . . . Also, type the small "b" and small "a"at the end per alreadybanned instructions. 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.

    Voila, that should do it!

  • Thank you both! That did the trick. Now the speed dial page is clean (and no Google!)

  • Yeah, I never search with Google, I dont even like the term "Google it" I only search with Startpage or Ixquick with customized settings. Every one of those choices they give you to search with suck.

  • Thanks for sharing. I was also equally disturbed by having the Google search window always visible.

  • Just help the poster without the horrible negativity, already banned. it wouldn't hurt you ;)))) If you're like this about your life, you're in big trouble.
    What you have to do to make the change is to enter Power User Mode. Here's a link on it:
    http://newsblog.wti.com/index.php/2013/11/opera-19-developer-update-how-to-enable-operas-power-user-mode/
    Already banned is quite right though, that when you go to the settings page click an empty space first, to get yourself outside of the search box (if you're in the search box with the mouse, it will mess things up.
    Then you do the stuff with the arrow keys . . . . Also, type the small "b" and small "a"at the end per alreadybanned instructions. 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.
    Voila, that should do it!

    Not only did I assist the original poster but I stayed on topic. You on the other hand have made things personal. That's your idea of positive is it?

  • All the poster -- appearing to me to be a newbie to Opera 20 -- in this thread asked for was help in removing the Speed Dial, and you, already banned, went off on "Honestly, the loss of features that I used regularly and lack of customization is bad enough but the google integration with NO way to remove it is the thing that leaves the most bitter taste in my mouth. Welcome to the New Opera Order."

    Hmmm, let's go over again some of the things you commented on, in response to the poster" "loss of features," "lack of customization," bitter taste," and "Welcome to the Opera New Order." So you consider that as related to answering the question, staying on topic, and not being negative. Really ;)))))))

    Now, I did say, you were quite right in the help you provided the poster on how to eliminate the Google search bar.

  • He comes by his moniker honestly, lem729. You correctly called him on it. I am mystified why these people who so hate Opera Blink remain in a forum meant to help users of the new browser. For months on end in the old forum they whined and threatened and bullied to try and get their way. Thankfully most of them have disappeared but a few remain to try and stir up trouble. It's remarkable that the moderators tolerate them.

  • All commentary on the browser, your post however was not. If anything its a case of pot meet kettle but you holier than though types never do see the trees for the forest. If I was right in assisting the original poster you should have left it at that, but you couldn't. You couldn't help yourself in passing up the chance to try and knock someone for knocking a piece of code. As I said, you seem to be making it personal and I fail to see anything positive in that.

  • I'm with alreadybanned. I HATE being forced fed something. Give the people what they want and they will flock to you. Right clicking or a simple 'X' faded out next to that- I can't call it a search bar since it takes up so much precious screen space- is all that's needed to not have google part of your everyday life, which I DON'T WANT. trying to stop google from knowing everything about me is becoming a full time job. And the ridiculous 'easter egg' method, that took numerous searches to find is ridiculous. Make Opera easy and people will use it. I've tried numerous times and each time there was something exceptionally annoying about it that made it hard to use. When I first tried it there was no home page icon. Where was it? I typed under hel "home page icon" and received absolutely no help, such as a simple 'Opera doesn't use a home page icon- here's how it works...', or 'Here's a simple way to put a home page icon on your browser'. maybe kickbacks from google are how Opera is in existence, I don't know. i'm giving it one last try. I rather like the speed dial feature as an alternative to 'favorites'. Working on setting up Opera now. Took an hour in all, including the search for 'How to make Google 'toolbar' disappear', and this post.

  • I see your point jackworthing. Remember though that the Opera browser is offered to you free, and that the Google Bar is there on the speed dial, because of a financial arrangement between Opera and Google. Were it not for that arrangement, you would not have a free browser. So don't get too indignant about it. I mean clearly, Opera does need financing to produce the browser. Would you pay for it? You don't want to do that, I'm sure. :)

    Now here's a link you may find interesting. Google and Mozilla have renewed the partnership that ensures Google's search engine remains Mozilla Firefox's default search tool. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2398046,00.asp I'm not sure what year that's for. It might be 2011. But these companies -- like Mozilla and Opera -- could not do the tremendous amount of work necessary to produce a browser -- pay the staff for the research, testing, etc -- without your either paying for it, or if it's offered free, the money being raised elsewhere. Now voilá! Google pays big money for its search bar. Would you have Mozilla and Opera turn it down and go out of business? :)

    So at least, Opera does give you a way to hide the Google Search bar. It may not be totally simple, but if it were totally simple, my sense is Google might not pay as much money. Therefore I have no problem jumping through a few hoops to get rid of the Search Bar from the Speed Dial page. And at least Opera gives us the ability to do it!

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