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How can I force Opera to maximize vertically

  • Whenever I open the Opera browser on my desktop its window is only half the height of the screen. With other applications I can use window manager controls to force the window to full height, but Opera does not honour the window manager's hints.
    How can I tell Opera to maximize vertically?
    (N.B. Don't tell me to use full-screen mode; that would be a waste of screen real estate on my ultra-wide hi-def monitor.)

  • If you use either Continue from last time or a saved session it should remember its previous size, but unfortunately when set to start with the speed dial page it does not. I haven't tried it, but maybe you can make a session containing the speed dial page?

  • @sgunhouse
    Hmmm... I don't see "Continue from last time" anywhere in settings. In "On Startup" I have selected "Retain tabs from previous session"; is that the same thing?
    I don't find anything at all for "saved session" in Help.

  • @jlturriff Yes, it's the same.

  • @sgunhouse
    Okay. There doesn't seem to be a way to disable speed dial other than to hide it; will that be sufficient to my purposes?
    How do I 'make a session'? There's nothing in Help about that.

    After closing and reopening Opera, with no tabs showing the speed dial, the page still opens with only part of the vertical space filled. 😞 How can I get rid of speed dial if that's what's preventing Opera from remembering the window size?

  • It's not "getting rid of speed dial" as such, but not reading a session file - or it was. "Retain tabs from previous session" is also supposed to retain windows (if several are open and you use the Exit option on the menu to close them all at once).

    Saved session is the old term for starting with a fixed set of tabs, they're trying to make the meaning more obvious.

  • Okay. As you've probably guessed, I'm not very familiar with Oracle or its terminology.
    Here are the contents of my current Settings:

    Privacy protection
    	Block ads and surf the web up to three times faster					ON
    		Manage exceptions
    		Manage lists
    	Block trackers														ON
    		Manage exceptions
    		Manage lists
    	Enable wallpapers													OFF
    Privacy and security
    	Opera may use web services to improve your browsing experience. You may optionally disable these services.
    	Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar
    	Site Settings														OFF
    		Control what information websites can use and what content they can show you
    	Clear browsing data
    	Clear history, cookies, cache, and more
    	Automatically send crash reports to Opera							OFF
    	Help improve Opera by sending feature usage information				OFF
    	Protect me from malicious sites										ON
    	Fetch images for suggested sources in News, based on history		OFF
    	Display promotional notifications									OFF
    	Enable dark theme													ON
    	Show bookmarks bar													OFF
    	Font size															Small
    	Customize fonts
    	Page zoom															100%
    	Pressing Tab on a webpage highlights links, as well as form fields	ON
    	Manage sidebar
    	Synchronize browsing data with Opera account.						Sign in
    	Import bookmarks and settings
    Search engine
    	Set which search engine is used when searching from the combined search and address bar																	DuckDuckGo
    	Manage search engines
    Default browser
    	Default browser
    	Make Opera the default browser										Make default
    On startup
    		Begin fresh with start page
    	X	Retain tabs from previous session
    		Display the start page first									OFF
    		Open a specific page or set of pages
    			Add a new page
    			Use current pages
    	Payment methods
    	Addresses and more
    		Use any suitable network interface (recommended)
    		Use default public and private network interfaces only
    		Use default public network interfaces only
    	X	Disable non-proxied UDP
    	Enable VPN
    	Browse with VPN to prevent third parties from tracking you			OFF
    	VPN connects to websites via various servers around the world, so your connection speed might be affected
    Battery saver
    	Enable battery saver												OFF
    	Save battery and browse up to 50% longer
    My Flow
    	My Flow is your personal space for links, videos, images and notes that you want to have on your computer and phone at the same time.
    	Enable My Flow														OFF
    	Disabling My Flow doesn’t remove any content or connections.
    Crypto Wallet
    	Connect Opera with your phone to easily make cryptocurrency transactions.
    	Enable Crypto Wallet												OFF
    Search pop-up
    	Enable the search pop-up when selecting text						ON
    	On text selection, convert:
    	Currencies to USD
    	Time zones
    Video pop out
    	Enable video pop out												OFF
    Personal news
    	Check my sources for new content									never
    	Show available news feeds on address bar							OFF
    Start page
    	Hide search box														OFF
    	Hide Speed Dial														OFF
    		Hide "Add a site" button										OFF
    	Receive promoted Speed Dials and Bookmarks							OFF
    	Show Speed Dial suggestions											OFF
    	Use bigger tiles													OFF
    	Adjust Speed Dial animations for slower hardware					OFF
    	Automatically adjust the maximum number of columns					OFF
    		Maximum number of columns:										3
    	Show news on start page												OFF
    	Show Continue Shopping section										OFF
    	Show Continue on section								OFF
    	Show weather widget													OFF
    User interface
    	Show tab previews													OFF
    	Enable Workspaces													ON
    	Cycle tabs in most recently used order								ON
    	Show full URL in combined search and address bar					ON
    	Enable search box in the address bar								OFF
    	Delay loading of background tabs									ON
    	Enable reporting problems with sites								OFF
    	Scroll to the top of the page by clicking the active tab			ON
    	Warn on closing window with multiple tabs							OFF
    	Warn on quitting Opera with multiple tabs open						OFF
    	Spell check															OFF
    	/usr/local/Downloads/Packages										Change
    	Ask where to save each file before downloading						ON
    	Add accessibility features
    	Open Opera Addons page
    	Use hardware acceleration when available							ON
    	Use DNS-over-HTTPS instead of the system’s DNS settings				OFF
    	This functionality uses third party services. Please read our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy to learn more.
    	Open your computer's proxy settings
    	Enable mouse gestures												OFF
    	Enable rocker gestures												OFF
    	Hold Ctrl+Q (or press it twice) to quit Opera						OFF
    	Enable advanced keyboard shortcuts									OFF
    	Configure shortcuts
    Reset settings
    	Restore settings to their original defaults

    In spite of this, whenever I reopen Opera it does not fill the screen vertically. The tabs I have open when exiting and restarting are:

    • Duck-Duck Go
    • GitHub
    • Opera Forums
    • Settings

    There is no tab that shows speed dial.