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[Implemented]Make selected tab more visible in dark mode

  • On certain displays, it is very hard to see which tab is selected in the tab bar when using dark mode.

    Here is a screen shot of current behavior. The "Speed Dial" tab is selected, and the window has the focus, but the selected tab is almost indistinguishable from the adjacent, unselected, gmail tab.
    Screen Shot 2019-05-22 at 9.46.49 AM.png

    In case the screen shot shows up differently for you, here is a photo of the same thing. Again, you can see how incredibly difficult it is to distinguish the Speed Dial tab as selected vs the adjacent Gmail tab.

    This is using a Macbook
    Opera Version: 60.0.3255.95 (up to date). Stable.
    System:Mac OS X 10.14.5 64-bit (up to date)
    Display: External monitor, BenQ LCD BL3201PH 32" Widescreen Backlit IPS 4K
    Display is in Scaled mode in Settings, "looks like 2560 x 1440"


    • Use the grey shade that is currently used for hovering over a tab to distinguish the selected tab. Use a different shade for hover, likely a somewhat darker one; hover is less in need of strong distinction since you have the mouse pointer to help plus the change in tone as you move the pointer across the tab bar which will catch the eye.
    • Make the text of the selected tab bright white to help identify (Chrome does this already).
    • Make sure the selected tab is clearly visible even when a different window has focus; for instance, use the same lighter shade of grey for the tab in the tab bar, but use bright white text only if the tab has focus within the window but also the window has focus within the desktop (presuming you want to distinguish when window has focus as well).


    • When looking to change window, or change tab, very frustrating to not be able to tell which tab has focus
    • Especially an issue when you have the same web site open twice in two different tabs, you are in one of the two tabs now, and you want to select the other one - but looking at the tab bar it is hard to see which of the two is selected and which not.


  • In the second screenshot, how did you make the text look lighter? If I could do that, I would use the dark theme. My problem is insufficient contrast between text and background.

  • It isn't actually lighter in the second image. The first image was a screen shot taken using the computer, whereas the second image is a photograph of the same thing. In the photo, white light appears brighter than it really is.

    Maybe you should do a separate feature request to be able to adjust tab bar text contrast. Maybe font size, too; their tab bar font is pretty tiny IMHO, smaller than Chrome, which may also be making it hard for you/others to read.


  • my problem too

  • I think better solution would be to just come up with more themes 🙂

  • @Cayde said in Make selected tab more visible in dark mode:

    I think better solution would be to just come up with more themes 🙂

    The best solution would be to change the text as well as the background.

  • I like the Dark Skin, but on some situations I'm agree, it's difficult to find the active tab.

    For me, an under line or dot, would be simple and enough.

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    2.- alt text

    3.- alt text

    4.- alt text

    5.- alt text

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    6.- alt text

    7.- alt text

  • I think the selected tab should stand out like a sore thumb. Some Mozilla-derived browsers are still themable, and I have edited the themes I added to make sure that the selected tab had a completely different background colour.

  • @zalex108 Thanks for the replies.
    The "bar" under the text of the selected tab is a neat idea I think. Especially if you made both tab text and the bar bright white, plus adjusted the background grey 🙂

    More generally, sounds like a theme could be a good approach BUT (as per @concretable) I also think that the default dark theme should make the selected tab very obvious, which it does not currently especially on some displays.

  • Dark theme is too dark, I do not see the current tab, it makes it difficult to navigate through the open tabs. Make this a little bit lighter.

  • I totally agree. Sometimes I open several identical sites (wikipedia, for example) and accidentally close the wrong tab. Delivers a lot of inconvenience. I hope the developers will solve this problem, because I like the dark theme. The light theme is too bright for me, it is impossible to work with it even during the day.

  • Strong agree. I am having a huge amount of trouble seeing which tab is active and keep almost closing the wrong one. There's no harm in dialing up the shade of gray (or cyan-ish, whatever that is) used for the active tab and general upper browser area (bookmark bar, address bar, etc.). The color (0.20, 0.24, .028) AKA (51, 61, 72) AKA #323C46 looks great and is not too bright.

  • I totally agree.

  • I agree. It's one of my bugbears. A simple solution would be to do as Firefox does. E.g., have a blue bar at the top of the active tab.


    Windows does similar with the active applications on the task bar.


  • I think it is high time that the developers did something about the interface. I have sent bug reports twice with screen shots, and it has had no effect. I find it difficult to read the tab/toolbar interface at all, never mind telling which tab is selected in dark mode. The one thing that is easy to read is the context menu. Why nobody can seem to make the text in the toolbar area the same colour as in the context menu, I have no clue.

  • @concretable A lot of the time I have too many tabs open to read them anyway (69 right now). I do quite often make use of tab search, which I'd probably use. Typing just a part of the page title or site name is generally enough to find what you want. The incremental search works well.

    (I customised Opera so that the instant search does tab-search by default using F2).

  • This is also a problem for me. Please fix this.

  • Agree.

    I quite like this high contast theme from the chrome web store - it uses a different colour for the selected tab :

  • @jamesconstance I get a popup saying "opera doesn't support chromium theme format." How did you get round this?

  • @newworldman said in Make selected tab more visible in dark mode:

    @jamesconstance I get a popup saying "opera doesn't support chromium theme format." How did you get round this?

    I used Brave browser 😃