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Frequently Asked Questions

  • This is a tentative of keeping together answers for the most frequently asked questions about Opera for desktops.

    This topic will be updates as more questions arrive in the forums.

  • How to play Flash content in Opera?

    Due to changes in Chromium preparing for a 'plug-in free' web and also the end of Flash, you will be asked to allow or block Flash on a page the first time you try to run Flash on that page.

    When accessing a page with Flash you should see something like this somewhere in the page:

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    If you click on it, you should see the following dialog banner asking you to allow or block Flash on the page:


    Clicking on 'allow' or 'block' will add the site as an exception in Settings > Sites > Flash allowing or blocking Flash.

    In some situations the banner or the plug-in placeholder may not appear so you will need to add the exception manually.

  • I have Flash installed but even so pages say I need to install or update Flash

    Opera and other Chromium based browsers use PPAPI Flash player so make sure that you have that version installed.

    You can download it from here. Select your OS and then the Flash version for Opera. Don't forget to uncheck the offer if you are not interested in it.

  • What is Opera's profile directory and where can I find it?

    The profile folder is where Opera stores its (basically yours) data such as history, passwords, extensions, settings and so on.
    To find the path to the profile directory go to Menu > Help > About Opera or type opera://about in address bar

  • Where can I find old versions of Opera?

    You can find them at Opera's FTP

  • How to create a clean profile directory

    Take note of the path to the profile directory (see above), then go there using your OS file explorer and rename the directory so Opera will create a new one on next start.

  • What files and folders should I back up?

    The best thing to do is to backup the entire profile folder. If you want to backup something specific, please refer to

  • I've enabled sync but my Speed Dial isn't synced

    You can find your Speed Dials from other devices and/or installations under 'Other Speed Dials' in the bookmarks page

  • Some sites say that I'm in a different place than the one selected on the VPN

    We're aware of this problem. This is caused by how Google assign country to particular IP. If you'll be routed to VPN server used mostly e.g. by Ukrainian people and Google classified such IP as Ukraine then you'll be hit by this issue where is redirected to

    Replace Google by any site. Basically the site is guessing your location wrongly.

  • I'm seeing several instances of Opera in task manager

    Opera is based on Chromium, that is multi-process. So it uses different process for each different thing like the browser itself, tabs, extensions and so on.

    In Opera's task manager, you can see each one of those processes.

  • How to change the search engine in start page

    You can't change it but you can hide it in settings.

  • How can I disable Auto-Update?

    • Windows

    In Opera's installation folder (Menu > Help > About Opera for the path), find the folder with the current build and rename the auto updater executable file inside it.
    Open the task scheduler, go to the library and remove any Opera entry.

    • Mac

    Type the following into a terminal:

    defaults write com.operasoftware.Opera OPDisableAutoUpdate true
  • How Can I Disable Desktop Notifications?

    Go to opera://settings/content/notifications and put the toggle on the left. This will block all notifications.

  • I've added a search engine but can't make it the default one

    Only the pre-defined search engines - those that already come with Opera - can be set up as the default one.