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Setting a homepage

  • Thanks blackbird71. Your post makes sense. There just are too many problems with Opera. No home button dooms it for me. Even as I write this post of firefox, I only am able to see half of this line in the Opera forums window. And for any other browser, when you search google for answers, the first link usually has it. There is only a limited database of help links for Opera. There was nothing on the page that I referenced in my first post that said it was Presto, not Blink, whatever that is. You need to be a software developer in order to use Opera nowadays, unlike in the past.

  • Ah yes... "if I were King of Opera"... LOL

    I can see the confusion the OP had and which you beautifully outlined for us, bb. And again, I can appreciate that frustration can build up very rapidly. In fact, I've had my fair share of frustration in another program over the years and finally in despair uninstalled it. The difference is in the attitude expressed and we see this demonstrated here much of the time (not all... thankfully). Why can't people just come into the forum and ask their questions civilly instead of: "good riddance, never again, is this how you treat your new users, no wonder you're becoming obsolete..." etc etc etc???

  • BTW... whereas I don't require a "home button" since I use the settings to open to the site I want to deem as a home or start place, you could try the home button extensions offered in the Google Chrome Store. There are several. First you will have to install the "Download Chrome Extensions" in order to use the Google Chrome extensions but I don't see why these wouldn't provide what you're looking for.

  • @leushino: I'm with you on this. I hate how seemingly nobody can talk like a civilized person anymore. When and why did this world turn into a crowd of ranting idiots where everybody and everything ends up being the target of one shitstorm or another eventually...?

  • When I access the help page, I see the new one.

  • I'm almost sure he searched the internet for sth. along the lines of "home button Opera" and only got results for 12.10 as there is none in current versions...
    But blaming Opera for reading help pages that state 12.10 and Mac in its link while obviously being aware of the fact of using 26 on Windows... It's always easier to blame others...

  • I am sorry for my attitude. I was just so frustrated. You think Opera would have made such a basic feature easily available to new users when they are all excited about starting a new browser. It's always been there in the past on Opera and for all other major browsers. It was just unbelievable to me that Opera released this version without a home button option. I use it all the time when browsing, as my home page has all of my links in a format I like. I do talk in a civilized manner on the mozilla and openoffice forums.

    As for extensions, I try not to get involved in them too much. They have caused me trouble in the past. I just want a simple experience.

  • christoph142: I searched for "opera 26 how to set homepage" and got no relevant results in the first few hits:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=opera+26+how+to+set+homepage&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

    The fact that a major browser does not have the option to install a home page button is unacceptable to me.

  • I am sorry for my attitude. I was just so frustrated.

    I get that. But still, remember that you're addressing other people after all next time. Just take a deep breath first. We're happy to help, but we don't like being shouted at 😉

    So, to answer your question: Settings -> On startup (pretty much first item!) -> open specific page is probably what you're looking for.

    (I changed the title of your post to reflect what you actually wanted)

  • Thanks for the info christoph142, and again, I'm sorry I said things in the way I did. I appreciate your help!

  • Still, page on startup and page on a button are not exactly the same things...
    For example, I just like Speeddial - ANY Speed dial, and either use it under the home button - or it's a truOpera where I have to open a new tab (or "long-click" to the start - if available).
    So I mean, there is a homepage for me, and I prefer having a button to instantly access it at any time from any tab. While on startup, I don't need any home page but I use other settings.

  • As was already posted, a home button is available by means of an extension in the Chrome store.

  • I am also new to Opera. I came from Firefox. I do like the fact that the program seems to be lighter on memory usage. And appears to be pretty fast.

    Like greenyellowred, I am a bit mystified at the lack of a native facility to decide what page my favourite page is going to be.

    So far, I've had to install an extension to navigate to my page when I open a new tab. I then had to install another one to ge able to set up the home page I want. I don't have any use for Opera's Speed Dial page. I use FVD Speed Dial. I am not being critical of the native speed dial page. I just prefer something else. Furthermore, I prefer to use Google Canada as my search engine. I am OK, because Google knows where I am and when I type into the address bar, it gives me Google Canada. Others may not be so lucky.

    There is no way to customize the toolbar in order to add/remove/move buttons. Perhaps there is something I am missing.

    It seems that Opera has abstracted away a fair amount of functionality in the browser. I don't necessarily think that's wrong. It will just take a bit of getting used to.

    I am not trolling around trying to cause trouble. I am new to this browser and I would like to continue to use it. It is important that the application work for me though. Not the other way around. I hope you guys accept this as just my honest input. We're all new somewhere sometime and depend on others who have more knowledge and experience.

    Cheers,
    Graham

  • As a long time user of Opera I can see where the confusion lies... I'm using Opera 32 and whilst the browser itself is fine the 'tool-bar' is, frankly, rubbish! However if you want to set your homepage go to that distorted Opera icon (top Left) and select 'Settings'-> 'On Start-up'-> 'Open a specific page or set of pages'-> 'Set pages' and viola! While I'm here does anybody know what happened to the copy thingy that sat on the right click that enabled you to save in a wee list?

  • This is a months-old thread; but I just upgraded from Opera 12 to 32 (and have been using Opera since the days when you had to pay for it--which I still would do, for a truly finished and polished version), so I'll jump in. My understanding is that the current Opera is (a) completely rebuilt from the ground up, and (b) still under development. Who knows? Maybe a Home button will get added later on. Or not.

    I wouldn't call the toolbar rubbish--rubbish, after all, at least actually exists! :eek: There really isn't a toolbar in Opera 32. In fact, I went to Opera Help and searched for "toolbar." Here are the results:

    No results matches on search for "toolbar". Please try refining your keywords.
    Did you mean: toolbar

    WRT a Home button, though, setting a page to be opened on startup is not quite the same: a Home button (or hotkey) will take you to your home page from anywhere in the program while you're browsing. Alt+Home used to do that in Opera 12. The kludge in v. 32 would be to create a link to the desired page on the Bookmark Bar, which can be accessed at all times.

    WRT the "copy thingy" (I love technical terminology!), do you mean the "Copy to note" feature? That's completely gone, along with the notes and the rest of the panels. I'm just starting with Opera 32 (or Blink--where do we learn that it's called that?), but it seems to me that at present its functionality is not much different from other browsers, except for the way it handles bookmarks and Speed Dial. I'm hopeful (in my ignorance) that as it develops, some features like notes and tab-stacking, which set Opera apart from other browsers, may return, since that would actually give people a reason to try it.

  • There are extensions that add a home button to Opera. Thats basically what the Opera team wants. Any feature that isn't used enough for them to spend time developing and maintaining should (hopefully) be added via an extension developed by someone else. There are at least two decent ones I know of in the extensions store for Opera. You should check them out.

  • home button is available by means of an extension in the Chrome store

  • As a long time user of Opera I can see where the confusion lies... I'm using Opera 32 and whilst the browser itself is fine the 'tool-bar' is, frankly, rubbish! However if you want to set your homepage go to that distorted Opera icon (top Left) and select 'Settings'-> 'On Start-up'-> 'Open a specific page or set of pages'-> 'Set pages' and viola! While I'm here does anybody know what happened to the copy thingy that sat on the right click that enabled you to save in a wee list?

    On start-up and the home page are certainly different things.

  • I realize this is pretty old but, you know... ALT + Home button (on the keyboard, that critter used to input commands for those of us with a mouse aversion) is the automatic home button in pretty much every browser out there on pretty much every platform in modern times. 😃

  • Including Opera 32--except that "home" is not a Web page that you choose, but the Opera Start page. I.e., it duplicates Ctrl+T, except that it goes to the Start page in the tab you're already using rather than a new one.

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