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Opera 17 - bookmarks and other troubles

  • Originally posted by xyzzy80:

    I installed Opera 17.0 and tried to find my bookmarks only to find - they do not exist anymore? I am sure that cannot be, why would a company release a web browser that doesn't "support" bookmarks? Can anyone tell me where they are hidden? The quick link bar at the top also seems to have disappeared. When i try to go to settings there are not many options.
    Opera has always been tough love, for the tab recycling bin, mouse gestures and generally great usability i put up with troubles loading certain sites, playing certain files and whatnot, but it seems the cons start outweighing the pros more and more now. Are there plans to improve the next version of Opera to function like a webbrowser? Hassle as it is i think i will just install the firefox addons for mouse gestures and the recycling bin and move over to that program. After something like 10 years Opera just isnt worth it anymore i guess.
    Sorry for the rant, but Jesus, that 5 minutes of Opera 17 were really shocking to me.

    i f they were honest , they would say they forgot to add BOOKMARKS into the new version

  • In the address field of opera: flags typed
    Enter in the search field "quick" and set the "Quick Access Bar" to "Enabled".

  • Originally posted by sandos45:

    i f they were honest , they would say they forgot to add BOOKMARKS into the new version

    Since they are honest they said that they chose not to add bookmarks to Opera 15 because their survey results showed that 90% of users don't add bookmarks, but later, by popular demand from the Blogs and forums, they decided to add them back for those who want them.

  • I am flabbergasted at the incivility and unhelpfullness of this forum. I too have been using opera for years..Chrome kept crashing...firefox was a mess and Opera was just right...until now. I have read the entire thread and still do not know how to add a bookmark bar. I use the bookmark bar to click to save a page to instapaper and another bookmarklet to record a you tube video. Is there anyone here who can explain in three or four steps how to add a bookmark bar to this version of Opera 17 so I can drag bookmarklets to it? This page was also the first page I came to in a Google search. If you can not help me please do not bother to reply at all. Thank you!

  • In the address bar type: Opera:flags

    Scroll down and enable Quick Access Bar

    Relaunch the browser

    Click on Opera and go down to Settings

    Scroll down to User Interface and click on "Show Quick Access Bar"

    Now drag and drop your favorite sites from the address bar to the QAB

  • Thank you Leushino! That worked. I appreciate your help and time!

  • Cool. Thanks for the update. πŸ™‚

  • @PeterMcG
    Thanks man!

  • I can't find the quick access bar and I only have preferences not settings... Are we all looking at the same Opera? Is it possible my Mac version is comprehensively different to everyone else's Windows versions?

  • Originally posted by HorizonCkr:

    Thank you Pesala for providing something useful. I did search, read many, many posts, all unhelpful. Sure there was helpful info available within searches all along - IF I clicked on the right link. Now, after I've wasted a saturday am wading through all the noise I've finally had enough and will go somewhere more user friendly. Thank you very much.

    I've also been totally shocked as to how completely difficult people "with the knowledge" are to those looking for guidance.

    I too have spent the last hour fumbling my way through v17 (jumped from the lovely v12) and am totally stumped. Opera is now so completely and fundamentally different that I don't recognise my previously-favourite browser any more.

    Arrogant comments like "search before you post" defeats the whole purpose of a discussion forum. If there is a discussion on the topic, lust link to it. If there's an explanation in the help files, copy and paste them into a response. Be solution-based, not problem-based.

    I've read through the help sections. I even read up the section of importing my bookmarks into the speed dial, but I made no connection to the fact that speed dial is the replacement to bookmarks, not just a few favourites. This is not my failing, but a failing of the features not being properly explained and presented to new users (which we all are).

    My next problem is I can't access Opera link to syncronise my ex-bookmarks with my mobile Opera. I read that I must just click on the cloud icon in the bottom left crner of the browser window – but I have no icons or status bar at all at the bottom.

    Because of the "only ask clever questions" attitude here, I'm too scared to even ask advice...

  • Originally posted by sdhampton:

    I've also been totally shocked as to how completely difficult people "with the knowledge" are to those looking for guidance.

    You just joined, we have been answering these same questions about Bookmarks and QAB almost daily since Opera 15 was released. A quick search of this forum for "Bookmarks" will find several threads with the answer, so why should anyone provide a link or repeat the answer yet again?

    It is too bad if you think people are arrogant to remind new users to follow the forum rules.

    Anyone who does their homework before ranting like the OP, but is still stuck will get polite help soon enough.

    Originally posted by sdhampton:

    I made no connection to the fact that speed dial is the replacement to bookmarks,

    It's not. The Quick Access Bar is the replacement for the Bookmarks Bar. It's best to import your bookmarks to the QAB.

    Originally posted by HorizonCkr:

    First I went to "help" and typed in "bookmarks" - no help there.

    Really? This is what I see now, though maybe it has been updated since your post.

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  • Originally posted by Pesala:

    It's not. The Quick Access Bar is the replacement for the Bookmarks Bar. It's best to import your bookmarks to the QAB.

    But quick access bar only shows a few buttons, so you're right, it is a replacement for the Bookmarks Bar... but I think we're talking about the bookmarks menu – I certainly am.

    And by the way, I've just done a search for "Quick Access Bar" in both Google and Opera's help.

    Opera's help produced only 3 results – neither of which actually discussed the quick access bar so how am I supposed to be so informed as to not need to ask stupid questions on forums.

    Google pointed me to the forum where I've learnt that I have to "hack" into Opera to activate it as an "experimental" feature? This is what's bugging us so much – common features have been deactivated/removed/disabled and hidden away to be found by spending hours pouring through the forums for hidden features.

    As for being new here – actually my account is new so I can syncronise with my new smartphone. My old account is several years old, but Opera has been so straightforward to use that I've never needed to post on the forum for help.

    Speaking of which... how do I sync when there is no cloud icon in the bottom left corner of my browser (as the help documentation tells me there should be)? Do I also have to hack Opera to turn on a promoted feature?

  • Originally posted by sdhampton:

    Speaking of which... how do I sync when there is no cloud icon in the bottom left corner of my browser

    You don't. This has also turned experimental and cannot even be activated yet.

  • Originally posted by sdhampton:

    But quick access bar only shows a few button

    I had 1,534 bookmarks at the last count β€” all of them fit on the QAB with 12 folders and 2 frequently used bookmarks (Home page, and opera:flags).

    Originally posted by sdhampton:

    I've just done a search for "Quick Access Bar" in both Google and Opera's help.

    But why didn't you search the forum as suggested?

    With a little reading of these forums, you would soon realise that Opera 17 is an unfinished product with lots of experimental features disabled by default.

    Keep using an older version of Opera 12.16 or 11.64 until Opera Next is ready for real work. A Bookmarks menu and Opera Link are the least of your worries, but they will come in due course.

  • Originally posted by scratchspace:

    I have no patience for trolls or whiners who misstate things, but it needs to be said that the injunction to "search the forum" relies, in the case of Opera 15/16/17, on a false premise, and consequently that injunction's validity is seriously compromised. The premise on which the validity of an injunction to "search the forum" rests is that the basic, essential information that applies to a product (Opera 17, in this case) exists in a coherent form and is easily accessed.

    +1

    The Opera 17/18/19 help says nothing about the QAB but just has some lame text about converting bookmarks to speed dialβ€”the opposite of what anybody wants.

  • Originally posted by scratchspace:

    Originally posted by Pesala:

    But why didn't you search the forum . . .?

    I have no patience for trolls or whiners who misstate things, but it needs to be said that the injunction to "search the forum" relies, in the case of Opera 15/16/17, on a false premise, and consequently that injunction's validity is seriously compromised. The premise on which the validity of an injunction to "search the forum" rests is that the basic, essential information that applies to a product (Opera 17, in this case) exists in a coherent form and is easily accessed. In other words, users should not have to resort to searching on a forum in order to obtain basic, essential information about a product, especially when that product is going through a period of radical transformation, as is the case here. Yet, they do have to resort to this in the case of Opera 15/16/17, because Opera ASA and those whom it has authorized to act on its behalf have chosen not to make this basic, essential information available and easily accessible. And that is lame.

    I have to agree with Pesala in this case. The questions being asked have been answered countless times over the past several weeks. Searching the forum rather than doing a Google search would have revealed the relevant information. If you disagree, then why didn't you provide the links and the information being sought by the OP? I suppose "canned" responses could be prepared so that when a new poster asks these typical questions, a "canned, prepared answer" could be pasted as a reply. I don't particularly want to do this but perhaps you or someone else will take it upon himself to do it.

    Bottom line for me is simply this: the new browser (whatever version it is) is still being developed. It can in no wise match the feature complete Presto version 12 and users need to understand this. And understanding this can save a lot of headaches by simply sticking with the older version and keeping an eye on the development of the newer version until such time as it is deemed "ready" by the user.

  • Originally posted by leushino:

    Bottom line for me is simply this: the new browser (whatever version it is) is still being developed. It can in no wise match the feature complete Presto version 12 and users need to understand this. And understanding this can save a lot of headaches by simply sticking with the older version and keeping an eye on the development of the newer version until such time as it is deemed "ready" by the user.

    But where is it mentioned on the Opera site so users can understand? This understanding doesn't magically occur in a vacuum, hence what scratchspace wrote.

  • Originally posted by Frenzie:

    Originally posted by leushino:

    Bottom line for me is simply this: the new browser (whatever version it is) is still being developed. It can in no wise match the feature complete Presto version 12 and users need to understand this. And understanding this can save a lot of headaches by simply sticking with the older version and keeping an eye on the development of the newer version until such time as it is deemed "ready" by the user.

    But where is it mentioned on the Opera site so users can understand? This understanding doesn't magically occur in a vacuum, hence what scratchspace wrote.

    I agree.

    Opera just won a significant MAC award. But how many MAC people who consequently try Opera will drop it when they don't see that bookmarks are supported using the QAB?

  • Originally posted by Frenzie:

    This understanding doesn't magically occur in a vacuum, hence what scratchspace wrote.

    Help documentation has always trailed behind development and probably always will. That's why we need a forum. So, having searched help, then Google and still not finding what one wants, people should search these forums for "Bookmarks" or "Quick Access Bar."

    Try it, see how many threads you find. Far from being a vacuum, there is a wealth of information that would be far easier to find if not for all the rant threads.

    Originally posted by xyzzy80:

    Sorry for the rant, but Jesus, that 5 minutes of Opera 17 were really shocking to me.

    After ten or fifteen minutes of searching and reading, if someone is still lost, then they should post, saying which threads they found, what they tried, which version they're using, and what they're trying to accomplish. By then, they will at least know something, and we won't be repeating ourselves quite so much.

    Just leave out the whining, and everyone will find the help they need quickly, without any negativity.

    4. Be specific and to the point. Lengthy rants can be a pain to read, and so the chances of a useful reply are drastically reduced. Remember, your audience is comprised of other Opera users who help you in their own free time. Keep it brief, and focus on the actual topic. Use paragraph and bulleted lists to make it easier to read.

  • Originally posted by scratchspace:

    In other words, the absence of this sort of information is an element of their Blink PR campaign strategy.

    It's not. It's an inevitable consequence of their fast development strategy. It is barely feasible to write documentation for features that are not yet fully developed. I don't subscribe to the conspiracy theories about Opera Blink. They have chosen a new route, and are working at full speed to make Opera Blink a viable alternative to Chrome and all the other browsers out there. As to whether it will ever be a substitute for Opera 11.64, I live in hope, but I am a realist β€” I may never upgrade.

    Writing sticky threads for this forum is something that could be done, but as you know, when angry users join the forum just to rant or complain, they don't read the sticky threads either. You could PM one of the mods to see if they think it's worth doing.

    Searching the forum won't fix all problems, but it's a good place to start, and strongly recommended as Rule #1.