Customizing the Toolbar in Opera 18?

  • Since Opera 12 has basically stopped working for me I've decided to give Opera 18 a try. Like most users, I'm amazed at how just about everything that I liked about Opera is gone, but I know that those posts have been written a hundred times. I've searched to see if there are ways to enable any of these features, and the answer seems to be pretty much no for everything I've found so far. The one thing I haven't seen a specific mention of is if there is a way to remove the navigation buttons from the address bar? I'm not hopeful, based on everything else I've seen, but thought it was worth asking just in case.

  • No. Customising of the GUI is not possible yet.

  • Thanks. So is Firefox basically the only mainstream browser available where you can still customize the GUI?

  • There's always Opera 12.16, which is still the latest version of Opera for Presto.

  • Originally posted by Pesala:

    There's always Opera 12.16, which is still the latest version of Opera for Presto.

    Unfortunately 12.16 has basically stopped working for me on the sites I was using it for. Firefox has always been my primary browser, but I have it setup in a way that isn't conducive for certain sites, so it was handy to have a separate browser that I used for sites that I wanted to be logged into all the time, primarily various web apps that I use for work.

  • Originally posted by rilef:

    Originally posted by mlaps:

    So is Firefox basically the only mainstream browser available where you can still customize the GUI?

    It depends what you mean by "GUI". For example, there are several Chrome extensions which add a speed dial to Google Chrome. Aren't these speed dial extensions customizing the Chrome GUI in much the same sense that Firefox extensions are customizing the Firefox GUI? There are even several Chrome extensions, which may even work in Opera 18+, which modify the Chrome navigation toolbar buttons or functions. So my reply to your question is that Firefox is not the only mainstream browser available where you can still customize the GUI. In fact, you can customize the GUI in every mainstream browser, including Opera 18+, through the use of add-ons or extensions.

    I used GUI because that was the term Pesala used, but what I was really thinking about was the user chrome, and I asked it as a question because I really didn't know the answer. I haven't used Chrome since it was new, and at that time it didn't seem like there was a way to really do much modifications to the toolbars and I preferred a more minimalist design than was possible with Chrome. Similarly, IE 6 used to be very easy to adjust toolbars and buttons pretty much anyway you want, but that seems to have completely gone away with newer versions. I haven't used Safari on Windows, and haven't used it very much on the Mac side either, but in my limited experience there wasn't a lot you could do with the UI there either, but I didn't really bother looking much, since that seems pretty par for the course with Apple.

    It seemed that in recent years, only Opera and Firefox allowed significant changes to the chrome of the browser. Opera was harder to find most of the configuration options than Firefox, but at least they were there. Now both seem to be going towards less user options, although in Firefox so far nothing really significant has changed that can't be changed back.

    For reference, this is what my Firefox setup looks like. Haven't been able to figure out how to get other browsers to be similarly minimal and without icons.

  • The OP asked:

    Originally posted by mlaps:

    The one thing I haven't seen a specific mention of is if there is a way to remove the navigation buttons from the address bar?

    So in this context, the GUI means the toolbar icons, adding or removing buttons, customising button commands, or changing the button appearance (icons only, text below, text only, text on the right), scaling the icons, or real skins.

  • Maybe, if you can get rid of all the navigation icons and replace them with the menubar? I'm sort of OK with not having the menu visible, as long as you could still pull it up with Alt. Mostly I just really hate icons and try to replace them as much as possible with text.

  • Wow. The staff at Opera claims to listen to the needs of the people using their browser, but the facts speak differently. Like the FACT that I can't do something as simple as adding a Home button, or Print button to my toolbar. I loved Opera since the earliest versions. Now it's a nightmare. Virtually no compatibility with major sites either. Looks like I'm going to switch to Chrome. Opera lost the browser wars (ignore the marketing BS). What a sad example of how NOT to run a browser company.

  • Originally posted by BruceBarr:

    Wow. The staff at Opera claims to listen to the needs of the people using their browser, but the facts speak differently.

    Do you need help with something? This is a Help forum where fellow member try and help other members resolve problems. Rants and whines are really only hindrances to giving help to those who have issues.

  • Originally posted by BruceBarr:

    The staff at Opera claims to listen to the needs of the people using their browser, but the facts speak differently.

    Listen to users feedbacks doesn't mean do everything they want nor do it when they want. There are more important things for them to work on than toolbar customization.

    Also, as said, this basically a place for users to help each other and change ideas so rant will not help you or anyone.

  • Lol... User @BruceBarr is pointing one important detail that is the customization of Opera that was present at the past version, and for no reason isn't at the actual version of the software and people are calling him a whiner and saying that there's is other things more important? Who are you to define that customization isn't important and call him a whiner? It was a bad move remove lot of options that the browser had and using that curtain of smoke of diminish his post won't change the fact that Opera took a path to sink after it drop Presto...

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