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  • @leocg
    I should add that in the previous cases I always was at home in Vienna.

  • Maybe Opera couldn't read the file and created a new one, don't know.

  • But do you have any idea how to restore the other one?

  • @josef1962-lr Opera saves its Speed Dials in the file "Bookmarks" (without file extension), and automatically creates a backup of this file ("Bookmarks.bak"). On my Windows 7 system (I installed Opera as portable version) both files are in the directory "data", a sufolder of Opera's profile folder. Since these files are plain text files, you could check their content with any suitable text editor.

    I am still not quite sure which exact program version you are using, and most importantly, when exactly this loss of working add-ons (such as Ghostery) or your Speed Dials occurred (for the first time): When you updated from an old Presto version, or does this happen again and again with current Chromium versions? Do you use Opera's integrated adblocker or a third party extension?

    Please tell us at least your current Opera version (and OS). The more precise the data, the higher the chances of successful help. 🙂

  • Unless you have an old backup, most probably it's no longer possible.

  • @leocg
    I am using the actual version (55.0.2994.56), and the adblocker is Opera's. Today I realised that I still have an active adblocker, but it looks different (a blue shield with a white cross on the usual place above on the right side). I can't remember how the other one looked, but definitively different.
    I don't know whether I use the Presto or the Chromium version. How can I find out?
    And I can't find Opera's profile folder...

  • @josef1962-lr

    I can't find Opera's profile folder

    Choose from Opera's menu "About Opera". In the section "Paths" you can see the location of your profile folder. You can also mark this path, copy it via CTRL+C, open Windows Explorer, press F4 and paste via CTRL+V the path from the clipboard.

    I suggest to make a backup of your profile folder.

    I don't know whether I use the Presto or the Chromium version.

    Your Opera version is Chromium-based (v55.0.2994.56, however, that wasn't exactly the question, josef. The question was from which version you updated to v55).

    EDIT: BTW, there is a similar thread, in which @burnout426 contributes. Maybe he is so kind to have a look into your issue too, because his (and also @leocg's of course) expertise is much broader than mine.

  • I don't remember Opera Presto having a adblocker. It allowed you to block elements on a page but there wasn't a native adblocker.

    Anyway, i don't think it's relevant anymore.

  • Then I have definitely Chromium.
    As for the previous version: I always try to be updated, so the last update was from the directly previous version.

  • @josef1962-lr OK. My thought was: If you updated recently from Opera v12 (=Presto) to v55, your original speed dials could still be stored in the v12-files.

    According to leocg, there seems unfortunately nothing that can be done anymore (as long as you don't have any backup, of course). I am sorry.

  • Do you use Sync?

  • I used SyncToy to store my Laptop-data on my very old PC, which is not working any more. The last time I did it, was 2016. Might there be an option (without being able to use my old PC)?

  • @yanta
    I just had a look at the extensions and realised that now I only have adblocker, and on the list of Opera's extensions there is no ghostery nor the to-read-sites!!??
    Might this be the problem? And is there a possibility to go back to a previous version (just for a short time so that I have access to my to-read-sites and store them?
    And what about the option to set back Opera to the original state?

  • @leocg
    SyncToy is for the data only, but I used Opera-safeguarding (Opera-Sicherung in German) for the same reason, so I have a folder with Opera-backups, the last one dated 2016.
    Might this be useful?

  • I was talking about Opera's sync.

    So you have a backup? Well, lots of things may have changed since 2016 but you can try using it to get your old speed dial back.

  • How can I do that?
    I am going to bed now, so I am looking forward to your answer tomorrow morning...

  • @josef1962-lr Save your current bookmarks files and replace them with the old ones.

  • @josef1962-lr

    Please proceed as described by @leocg above.

    For the sake of completeness, the following remarks:

    I just had a look at the extensions and realised that now I only have adblocker, and on the list of Opera's extensions there is no ghostery nor the to-read-sites!!??

    Something must have gone wrong loading these extensions.

    You can get Ghostery for Opera here. I also used this extension for a while, but I don't like its strategy anymore.

    The To-Read sites add-on is unknown to me so far. Is it this one?

    As an Adblocker you have probably used Adblock Plus, but Opera has a wonderful, very fast, reliable own Adblocker integrated, as you have already noticed.

    And is there a possibility to go back to a previous version (just for a short time so that I have access to my to-read-sites and store them?

    You can download all previous Opera desktop versions from here. If the current program version should be unable to read the data from your backup, but an older version can, this might be helpful.

    And what about the option to set back Opera to the original state?

    This would reset Opera to its default settings, and is not what you want.

    In case @leocg has no objections: If the actually obviously not loaded To-Read sites extension should manage your missing start page entries (and not Opera), it might be right to install this extension first instead of restoring the data from the backup first. Maybe you will have access to all missing data afterwards.

    Good luck!

    Please don't forget to back up your current configuration so that you can restore it if necessary.

  • Thank you yanta for these hints, but it seems there is really something odd:
    The link to the To-Read sites is what I meant - I installed it but can't see it anywhere...
    And I tried to install a previous version of Opera - I downloaded it, but when I clicked on "execute", nothing happens...

  • @yanta
    Hurra!! I've got my To-Read sites back - with all the sites I've filed there!!!

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