Customizable speed dial thumbnails

  • I think we should be able to change the images on speed dial. I want to have the site logo on the speed dial thumbnails but it shows a screen of the page.

  • I agree with you, It should be added too: choose the search engine of speed dial search bar and choose the order of Stash items (most used, recently added, alphabetical order and personal order)

  • Agreed. How does it get logos for things like Amazon? Is that hard-coded?
    And YES, please no forced Google search bar!

  • The Google search bar can be removed by enabling Power User Mode, but who do you thinks pays for developing this browser?

    If you want to search with other engines you can — it's not difficult, and no one is forcing you to use the Google Search bar on the Speed Dial.

  • Guys it's already possible and it's easy.

    thumbnails.db is the database file that stores the Speed Dial thumbnails in your profile folder (to find he location of that folder select About Opera from the main menu), you can edit this file. It's easy using this utility called SqliteBrowser, download here: http://sqlitebrowser.org

    1. Close Opera.
    2. In the SqliteBrowser select Open Database and browse to your profile folder to open thumbnails.db
    3. Switch to the tab "Browse data" and choose the table "thumbnails" from the drop-down. You'll see a long list with all your Speed Dial items.
    4. The column image_data is the one you need to edit, double-click where it says (BLOB) in the item you want to edit. That screen will show the current thumbnail.
    5. Click Import, in the dialog change the type of files you're browsing from Text files (.txt) to Image or All files (or type *.png in the file name field and press Enter) and select a .PNG image (preferred size of 230x170 px) to replace the current one.
    6. Ok. Make the modifications you want in any other entries, then press Write Changes in the program's main toolbar.

    You successfully customized your Speed Dial thumbnails. :)

    The Stash screens are also customizable and are stored in the stash.db file, in the table called "snapshots".

  • Thanks :D
    I will try it.
    But it could be easier, when you right click a thumbnail you have an edit option that could have the possibility to change the image. And I don't think this would be difficult to implement.

  • This should be doable from the Opera UI, not requiring installing another software and editing the files manually. Besides, what happens when Opera decides to reload the thumbnails? Right, back to editing everything again...

  • This should be doable from the Opera UI, not requiring installing another software and editing the files manually.

    What's the difference? :P

    what happens when Opera decides to reload the thumbnails?

    It never does that by itself AFAIK.

  • What's the difference? :P
    Read the second part of the sentence you quoted :P
    Also, user-friendliness.

  • +1, e.g. most of these thumbnails are also useless as you cannot see what changed since last reload.

  • Here's a tip, using CSS with media restrictions you can trick it to show your own supplied logo from the website.
    There is obviously a chance that this will change when opera is requesting the page using a different resolution than 1024 x 756 and a minimal change a random person opens the website using that exact resolution.

    @media screen and (min-width: 1024px) and (max-width: 1024px) and (min-height: 756px) and (max-height: 756px) {
    body {
    background: #fff url(<url to your image>) center center no-repeat !important;
    }
    body * {
    display: none;
    }
    }

  • It's funny how a browser, that's been around as long as Opera has, doesn't let the user do what he/she wants to make it there "own". I use different web browsers, for development purposes, in which one is a not-so-well-known one called Slimbrowser by a company called Flashpeak. They recently implemented a "Speed Dial" to their browser in which you can easily update the image displayed on the speed dial item. No databases required. Just a folder with .jpg or .png files that it points to and loads the image. No third party software needed either. Just locate a logo or pic on a web search, mess with it a little in an image editor to get it to look right, typically 450px X 300px, and saved as the appropriate name, 1_Snap.jpg/png, 2_Snap.jpg/png, etc. Now, I'm not promoting Slimbrowser only it's speed dial editability. Since Windows 8 and 8.1, it doesn't work quite the way it used to (the browser, itself). Worked great with earlier versions of Windows, though.

  • I did it following the instructions above, the most tedious part was edit the images. Edit the file is easy. Is a shame I can't upload a screenshot

  • +1
    I want to upload a custom image as a thumbmail.
    It's so obvious it would be a nice feature.

  • I want to have my speed dial show an editable caption on the icon tile. Currently, I have several identical tiles for wordpress, several identical tiles for different web apps on my development site, and two identical tiles for Google docs. I'd make a more extensive speed dial if I were able to caption them, because I'd be able to put on more identical icon tiles.

    Currently, I have to mouse over them to see what the title of the page is. In addition, I can rely on my memory as to which tile I'm going for by location. But the first of these two options isn't as convenient as having an editable caption, and the second is intimidating if I want to have all of my apps on there because it's a lot to remember. So I end up not putting them all on the speed dial.

    This suggestion is not a deal breaker for me--I like Opera, and I've created a RegTabs folder on my bookmarks toolbar where I have this level of control. But it would be a nice feature. It would save me some clicks and some mousing.

  • In the current developer version of Opera (27.0.1689.22), you can edit the 'Name' field that appears below the Speed dial icons. I'm not too sure when this option was introduced, but it may make its way to the stable version of Opera at some point.

  • I was disappointed to find out we don't have the ability to customize speed dial icons. This feature should be added.

  • Agreed. We should be able to select the preview (site or image) for individual items and also add a single preview for a folder. Currently it get's messy when you have a lot of folders, each with 4 small uncustomizable previews.

  • I vote for this feature too.

  • i ended up here looking for a way to change it ;
    unfortunately one can't unless installing some other software .

    i hope the developers shall include this feature soon ,
    would be very helpful ! :love:

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