Tabs under URL
Hi, I'm a refugee from the burning husk that was firefox, this browser will be a perfect replacement if I could just figure out getting the tabs beneath the address bar.
If people could fly they'd be birds
Only being light. I think you have to live with the tabs being above the address bar. Opera changed its engine from Presto to Blink a year or so ago and everything (from square one) has had to be reprogrammed. So they're focusing on a lot of lesser/more fundamental issues at this point in time. So the tab bar is not currently configurable as you want. You would have to live with where it is. I mean, it's a great browser, in my opinion. With all the really nice features -- its speed, the super Speed Dial (and with the ability to make folders for each speed dial position), wonderful theme-making ability and art for the Speed Dial, access to the full range of Chrome Extensions (as long as you have the Opera extension, called "Download Chrome Extension, https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/download-chrome-extension-9/?display=en " or Extension Source Viewer
So don't hesitate to check out the Chrome Store. And there are additional extensions in the Opera store. Then there's the Discover Feature, Stash, turbo mode, etc. Why is that shifting of the tab bar location a big deal? Could you live with this not customizable feature? Haha, give it a chance!
By the way, with the Opera Speed Dial, in case you hadn't experimented yet, you can create folders in it by dragging one bookmark/thumbnail on top of another. And don't forget to activate your Bookmarks Bar (Alt P, show bookmarks bar).
Tabs have been above the address bar as default in Opera for more than 10 years, probably first than any other browsers...
It makes sense in UX and appearance because all the elements, like the URL field and navigation buttons feel like they belong to and control the active tab like in a hierarchy, and they do (the toolbars below the tab bar are highlighted in the same while color as the active tab, while the inactive tabs are darker).
A clear benefit nowadays is that tabs can merge with the title bar so there will be less wasted screen space.
What's the benefit of having them below the address field? None.