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Positively Preferring oPera over the Pretenders!

  • " Ctrl-` " keyboard shortcut to go back and forth between two tabs. It works flawlessly and quickly. Most other browsers have to rely on some bloated extension for similar capability, albeit not as well-performing, though.

  • The multiple options presented for speed dial button images is very nice in Opera! 😘

  • Now, Opera affords me keyboard shortcuts for my social sidebar options ... I use ALT-SHIFT-T for Twitter and ALT-SHIFT-F for Facebook Messenger ... this matches Vivaldi's ability to do this. Thank you, Opera! πŸ™‚

  • @treego I actually preferred its original implementation. I was only really interested in incremental tab search on the titles of tabs, which I customised to F2. Now it returns too much information. For example I almost never want to search for content inside tabs other than the one I'm in.

    In the original implementation I could spot the tab I was interested in very quickly. Now it can take several seconds or I have to type more characters to narrow it down. So it's a speed bump.

    I don't mind when software vendors add new features. What's annoying is when they remove old ones - unless the new features offer more or more usable functionality. Often they don't.

    Opera and Vivaldi are supposed to be about customisability - more so than the other Chromium browsers, so it's even worse when they remove behaviour.

  • Easy Files is the latest innovation from Opera that for me is another winner!

    I can now more easily and quickly than ever attach files to my emails or Twitter and Facebook posts.

    One can attach files to virtually anything so elegantly now!

    Thank you, Opera!

    You can read more about it here: https://blogs.opera.com/desktop/2020/09/attach-files-with-wild-abandon-presenting-easy-files/

  • @treego Opera's new keyboard shortcuts for "Player" and "MyFlow" in the sidebar now, too!

    Another great tidbit added in by Opera ... πŸ™‚

  • @treego You refer to Vivaldi and Brave as browsers which "also" respect users' privacy like Opera. Sadly, Opera's erstwhile reputation around privacy is not borne by various tests - these highlight Opera's multifold connections to tracking servers at practically every keystroke.

  • @shintoplasm01 No worries ... turn on Opera’s tracker-blocker and ad-blocker. πŸ™‚

  • @treego I think you misunderstand me. The connections come from Opera's core browser, not from the user's browsing activities (which can indeed be protected through ad-blocking). I'm talking about Opera's built-in telemetry and connections which are in addition to your own browsing. Vivaldi and Brave don't have this issue, to my knowledge.

  • @shintoplasm01 said in Positively Preferring oPera over the Pretenders!:

    @treego I think you misunderstand me. The connections come from Opera's core browser, not from the user's browsing activities (which can indeed be protected through ad-blocking). I'm talking about Opera's built-in telemetry and connections which are in addition to your own browsing. Vivaldi and Brave don't have this issue, to my knowledge.

    Do you have a link to this? I see no speed decline in Opera. It seems Opera is more swift than these other browsers.

  • Opera has pinboards now, too! opera://pinboards

    Another great feature that is similar to Edge's "collections" feature.

    "Here you can collect websites, images, links & notes, and share them with others - no matter what device they're using.

    Pinboards are integrated into Opera Browser, so you don't need any account or login."