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Address bar suggestions - bad by design, tweakable or broken?

  • I'm a newish user of Opera, having migrated from being a Firefox poweruser. I've been trying to get the address bar suggestions to work logically and from web searching and fiddling with settings, it seems that the following is the unchangeable performance:

    1. maximum five suggestions (which means very little from history/bookmarks, unless you turn off prediction service);
    2. maximum three to four suggestions from history, even with prediction turned off, because at least two lines are taken up by any matching bookmark(s) and the option of searching for the text you've typed;
    3. suggestions are not reliably in order of recency or URL or page title: for example, if I visit numerous pages containing the word "airlines" and visit the website for, say, "Philippine Airlines" last, Opera does not suggest that last site first (or at all) when I type "airlines" in the address bar, despite both the URL and page title containing the search text. This is just one example of many different frustrations with quickly accessing visited pages.

    Are there any workarounds to make the performance better, cos the above is just useless?

  • @lamington said in Address bar suggestions - bad by design, tweakable or broken?:

    Are there any workarounds to make the performance better, cos the above is just useless?

    Don't know, but since Opera is based on Chromium, if you can find any tweaks for Chrome and Chromium, they might work in Opera too.

  • @burnout426 Thanks for the suggestion. I did find mention of a flag in Chrome (but it was unclear whether it really solved the problem), but it doesn't exist in Opera anyway.

  • Ok, so it seems there's another really silly flaw in the address bar behaviour. If I start typing a URL for a page that is already open in a tab, Opera/Chrome doesn't even flag this: it simply opens a new tab for the URL from your history even though you have it open already in another tab/window. Is there a way to make this less dumb?

  • @lamington Nope and since it's not related to address bar suggestions, it should be discussed in another topic.

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