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Customizable speed dial thumbnails

  • There's an easier way.

    1. Go to www.symbaloo.com and create your own set of thumbnails.

    2. Install an Opera extension called 'Custom Home Page' or 'Homepage in New Tab' or 'New Start Page Pro' and copy the address of your Symbaloo mix into the extension.

    3. Start enjoying your new customizable Opera speed dial.

  • +1

    I too would like to be able to set the speed-dial button icons to pictures of my own choosing.

    NOTES:

    • The steps in the 3rd post down (by rafaelluik) no longer work (as of May 19, 2015). The thumbs.db file is still there, but it does not reflect what speed-dials are active. It seems that when I add or change a speed-dial is is only the BOOKMARKS file that gets updated. I'm guessing that as the developers are integrating Speed-Dial with Bookmarks...all data related to the bookmarks & dials is going in to the BOOKMARKS file.

    • The suggestion to use SYMBALOO does not solve the issue. Symbaloo is a third-party site that is not part of Opera. There are many bookmark-managers/speed-dial type sites on the Internet. Using those is okay, if that is what you want. But suggesting that as a solution to this problem is like saying: If your car is broken...don't take it to the mechanic, buy a different car. It's an option, but not a solution to the problem.

    • Saying that we can choose which picture using the Bookmarks / Heart-Menu is not a solution either. It's nice that they put up a couple of pictures for us to choose -- but in many cases I (and many other comments I have read around the web) want the ability to SET OUR OWN picture.

    • I have confidence the developers are working on this as they integrate speed-dial with bookmarks. I like Opera and will wait patiently for this feature.

    Thanks.

  • The new auto-generated thumbnails make sense most of the time, but sometimes they don't. For example, any forum hosted on a free board, like zetaboards shows something like z11.zetaboards.com. This doesn't have anything to do with what is actually bookmarked.

    Setting my own picture should be an alternative.

  • "The suggestion to use SYMBALOO does not solve the issue. Symbaloo is a third-party site that is not part of Opera. There are many bookmark-managers/speed-dial type sites on the Internet. Using those is okay, if that is what you want. But suggesting that as a solution to this problem is like saying: If your car is broken...don't take it to the mechanic, buy a different car. It's an option, but not a solution to the problem."

    Ah, the insistence of Opera users on speed dial being integrated into Opera browser. Many browsers use extensions to achieve speed dial functionality so I didn't realise that this may be unacceptable for Opera. Is it because Opera was the first to introduce this feature?

    Maybe it's time to move on and stop waiting for the glorious past to come back, this thread has been here for a year without anything happening. Do you really believe that devs are gonna solve this issue quickly if they read posts like "I like Opera and will wait patiently for this feature"?

    But you know what, you're right that using Symbaloo is not an option in Opera, but for me it is because it doesn't open as quickly as the integrated Opera speed dial does rather than the fact that it is a third party website. As I've recently discovered it is not the Symbaloo's fault, but it is because Opera is too slow to open it. Maxthon for instance opens up Symbaloo much faster and apart from that it offers an installation of fully customizable speed dial extension, which has nothing to do with Symbaloo. I know, that probably wouldn't be an option for Opera users, would it? 😉

    Sorry for the rant.

  • Can someone tell me how to reload my thumbnails? Prior to the latest update you could right click and there was an option to reload, now there is only the option to edit or remove.

  • Latest O29 stable.

    [](http://s149.photobucket.com/user/paor/media/Image 2.jpg.html" target="_blank)
    OsvjeĹžavanje = Reload

    But - Gmail and Facebook thumb have disallowed (grayed) this Reload option!?

  • That's because that icon is set by Opera. And at least I think it's much better than a preview on the page, because it's faster and easier to identify. And just so you know, in the latest stable version the new speed dial is on by default in opera://flags, and the old one will perhaps not be developed more, so I don't think it's time to look after problems with the old one now.

  • The proposed method was posted about a year ago, I don't know if something has changed structurally speaking, because I opened the .db file and I couldn't see any thumbnails in it. I followed the steps carefully, the only thing different was I had to download a couple of DLL files, MSVCR120 and MSVCP120 to get SqliteBrowser running.

  • Latest O29 stable.

    OsvjeĹžavanje = Reload
    But - Gmail and Facebook thumb have disallowed (grayed) this Reload option!?

    Heh. My Opera 29 doesn't let me reload ANY Speed Dials (in the true latest SD version).

  • Opera 29.0.1795.60 doesn't allow to Reload images in the Speed Dial - this feature seems to be (temporarily?) dropped/disabled.
    Even after enabling #hi-resolution-thumbnails and #hidpi-speed-dial-tiles in opera://flags/ the speed dial images stay pre-defined and static.

  • This is because the new speed dial page in opera 29 has a totally different backend (they now use the same backend as the bookmarks manager) and an option to refresh doesn't seem to be implemented on the new backend (at least currently)

  • @antonk
    that feature is hidden behind opera://flags/#experimental-start-page flag
    if you disable new speed dial, you will be able to reload thumbnails (old style)

  • Can't find opera://flags/#experimental-start-page
    Still I would like to set my speed dial icons to reload periodically as they used to do in the past.

  • Can't find opera://flags/#experimental-start-page

    It was removed as the experiment has ended.

  • Can't find opera://flags/#experimental-start-page

    It was removed as the experiment has ended.

    yes ended but not the way we wanted it to and still no way to get back to the speed dial we all know and loved for years poor decision from the devs to remove our ability to change it the way we want it

  • It's supposed to now be available without having to take Programming 101, but it doesn't work.

  • Hello, using opera 33, still doesn't have this option..

    My desktop opera install still has page thumbnails, from when it did that automatically. My laptop was installed more recently, and defaulted to logos. Now opera lets me choose what I want when I add them (perfect), but all the old ones need to be re-added to have what I want? I'd like an option under 'edit' to re-load the thumbnail with whatever I choose (logo, screen-shot, etc.) that it gives me when I add a new one.

    Thanks.

  • Now opera lets me choose what I want when I add them (perfect), but all the old ones need to be re-added to have what I want?

    Yep, Opera can't know that you want to change old SD tiles and by which picture. You need to change it manually.

  • Found my own work-around, that's working in V32 (my work install doesn't update automatically, presumably a network issue).

    Go the website using the speed-dial link, click the heart and choose a new picture. It will update the speed-dial accordingly. Would still be nice to just right-click and edit, but at least there is a way around without deleting all of them and starting again.

  • I've been using Opera for about 2 hours.

    After installing a few extensions, the next order of business was to see what's going on with the Speed Dial.

    Monkeyfish8 wrote:

    Go the website using the speed-dial link, click the heart and choose a new picture.

    Thank you for sharing the procedure, Monkeyfish8. It wasn't intuitive at all!

    Specifically, when you open the speed dial link and click on the heart, you get a half dozen or so pictures you can choose from. After playing with two weather websites, I found one acceptable (usable) picture for each website from the choices I was given. I hope my luck holds out with additional websites, because the choice of pictures that are offered is pretty limited.

    With this speed dial, half the time I find myself typing into the Google search field instead of the URL bar. You think the Google field is big enough? Are you sure the placement smack-dab, big-in-the-middle really translates into profits for Google? I mean, it's not like I need their overgrown search field there or else I'll forget they exist.

    "If you don't want to use it, you don't have to."

    But, if you don't want to use it, it's pretty big, and smack-dab in the middle, which isn't too ergonomic or pleasant for something that you don't even want.

    I went into "Manage Search Engines," I added an "Other Search Engine," and I'm still waiting to see where my added choice is going to show up in the GUI. (Sure would have been nice if it had changed that Google field.)

    Ugh; this typing field doesn't have a vertical scroll bar, and my mouse-wheel doesn't scroll to the top of what I've written. (Using the arrow-key workaround.) Maybe I'm typing too much.

    Thanks for tolerating,
    -n-

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