General Opera for Windows Question and Answer Thread

  • I have recently installed Opera and I love it except every couple of days or so it gets really slow or hangs and when I go into the control panel I see multiple versions of opera.exe running - sometimes with quite high CPU and memory usage.
    I only have two add-ons and disabling them made no difference.
    Any suggestions please?
    TjRjn

  • Opera is a multi-threaded program, it can use multiple processes to speed up execution. So even with only one tab open you will see multiple "versions" running.

    Opera is based on Chromium. There are some "memory leaks" that they are still trying to track down. That means, you really shouldn't leave it running 24/7. If you are not using it, shut Opera down so the system can recover the "leaked" memory.

  • Hi - I have used Opera for 10 years +, but lately (Release 47 or the one before) I can not longer download videos on youtube. I have all the same extensions for this and all are enabled. But no DOWNLOAD options appear below the video as they used to appear. I do not know what to do. Please help. Thanks in advance.

  • I can not longer download videos on youtube. I have all the same extensions for this and all are enabled. But no DOWNLOAD options appear

    Were those extensions updated in the last couple of weeks? YouTube changed recently and most probably it broke lots of extensions, that will need to update themselves.

  • If that is the case, which is highly likely, at the moment you can revert to the old YouTube layout by clicking on your avatar top right, and selecting "old YouTube" at the bottom of the pop-up list.
    🙂

  • Hi DaveHawley - Yes, this is the kind of solution I would like, but I looked top-right and can not find my avatar?

  • @PrincessIncognito--

    Disappearing shortcuts is a Windows problem, not an Opera problem. When you installed Opera, it should have put a shortcut into your Start Menu too.Is it there? You might have to use that to get around the problem. And you can have a shortcut on your desktop too, for convenience.

    A program can't uninstall itself, unless you have someone else sharing the computer.

    Program is either in
    Program Files (meaning 64-bit)
    or Program Files(x86) meaning Win 32

    Until everything goes 64-bit, there will be 2 Program Files folders

  • @makesownweather--

    don't need an extension. I use "Youtube Downloader HD" a standalone program, and there are several others.

  • I've downloaded several wallpapers, the last a colorful yellow, a bright blue before that. This was some weeks ago.
    https://addons.opera.com/en/wallpapers/details/home-in-yellow/

    Where is it supposed to be? My UI is still gray and white. "Enable wallpaper" is checked in settings.

  • Wallpaper is displayed as a background in speed dial and some other internal pages.

  • Some how I got something that keeps popping up tabs for dating, sex and brides constantly. What can I do to stop this?

    Get married? 😉

    😄

  • Hi DaveHawley - Yes, this is the kind of solution I would like, but I looked top-right and can not find my avatar?

    It should be immediately to the right of the "bell" notifications icon.
    If you haven't set an avatar, it's presumably a generic icon.
    🙂

  • sgunhouse--

    Wallpaper is displayed as a background in speed dial and some other internal pages.

    I don't do Speed Dial. What I'd like is for the caption boxes at the top right NOT be gray on gray.

  • @joshl, I don't know who you're quoting, but here's my advice to the OP:

    It's malware. Run MalwareBytes AntiMalware, and adwcleaner, v.7.0.2.1, and then use them regularly.

  • OP is Leo! :lol:

  • What I'd like is for the caption boxes at the top right NOT be gray on gray.

    You can't change its color.

  • I had changed the wallpaper to that of a picture on my pc. I went to change the picture today and can no longer find the step to do so. I went to the Help page and found a section on Themes which seem to be the answer - except, there is no Themes option on the main menu as stated. Has this feature been discontinued?

  • Easiest way - go to the start page (Open a new tab if necessary) and click the settings icon (at one time it looked like a sprocket/gear, currently it looks like a series of sliding controls). Should be obvious from there.

  • Wallpaper is displayed as a background in speed dial and some other internal pages.

    For posterity:
    I just discovered the Dark Theme makes the caption buttons more readable.

  • Since downloading Opera on Windows 10 I've noticed a persistently weird behaviour - when it crashes the MOZILLA FIREFOX crash reporter opens up, instead, though both Opera and the Opera crash reporter show up in the Task Manager as still open (just not on screen).

    Firefox was not running at the time, not even as a program listed in the Task Manager but not on-screen, either.

    Any idea what's causing this?

    It's not affecting my use of either browser. It's just really strange.

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