Search engine woes
janghou last edited by
How do I configure search-engines?
- I added a custom search engine, but made a spelling error in the name. How do I correct that?
- How do I change the default order. Somehow Google is selected every time I startup Opera. I have to change it manually every time to something more privacy safe, DuckDuckGo or Disconnect, and working. Google is totally useless on Tor networks. It forces a Captcha:
it doesn't like users it can't track. That is exactly the reason I don't like Google. Opera was always the best friend of any internet user. Now it seems to be Google's best friend. Disappointing and short term sight. But maybe I oversee a feature. How do I set any custom search engine as default. Or should I use Firefox for this.
threatdown last edited by
speaking of duckduckgo, is there any reason that opera 28 on the desktop includes duckduckgo as an included search engine, but opera on android doesn't? Could that be added in the future?
emoller last edited by
I don't think there's a deliberate decision to exclude it. It comes down to limited UI space I'd say, the list is already quite long. It's easy enough to add a new search engine by long pressing the search field if you want to... we just need to sort out the UXG problem discussed above to make it even better.
janghou last edited by
@emoller, thx, it annoys me for a couple of years and now you ask me I, only two examples come up directly
but myriad more on JS driven sites.
Also for consideration, support for Sitelinks Search Box, search defined in JSON-LD or other microdata.
"query-input": "required name=search_term_string"
See that a lot nowadays in Wordpress driven sites, even a physical search-box is not necessary here.
I would prefer an option to remove unwanted default engines, it sucks to have space eaten by services from multinationals I don't like / want to do business with. On my tablet the first engine I can add, is always hidden, so I have to scroll to it.
Opera always complained about MS behaviour of bundling and pushing certain services or products. Opera does the same now, and it can only do it because it's too small to be able to misuse market-power. I don mind default settings, as long as it's a setting. Search engine should be a setting. And I wonder where to disable suggestions. I really think it´s a privacy concern. People are not aware all they type is transferred to Google right away, without any consent (before they press search)