Ctrl+F5 Ctrl+F6

  • With "old Opera", I used frequently to use Ctrl+F5 to go left a tab, and Ctrl+F6 to go right a tab. This is especially useful when you set the browser to flip between most recently used tabs when pressing Ctrl+Tab, and also when you set the browser to return to the last used tab after closing the current tab.

    The Advanced Shortcuts do not really work well, I feel, because (a) sometimes they activate when you don't want them to because you are not in a text box and (b) sometimes they don't activate when you want them to because you are in a text box! In fact, it's almost as if someone developed the Ctrl key to solve this very problem! 😄

  • So, my question is, can I hack the configuration files to force the old behaviour?!

  • Well, you have two options: you can either use the current keys that are used to cycle tabs (1 and 2) or you can use Opera 29, which is the first version to allow you to customize keyboard shortcuts. Opera 29 is a development release though. Its bleeding edge and has bugs. So you can either wait however long it takes for it to be released as stable or you can try it today and see if its good enough for now. It will install in a seperate directory so it wont overwrite your other Opera install.

  • Oh, cool, thanks! I don't have time for development releases, so patience it is. Thanks for the heads up.

  • "Ctrl+F5 to go left a tab, and Ctrl+F6 to go right a tab"

    Hi @hopk1ns, it requires a little effort, but you can do this as follows:

    1. Start the Opera, and go to Opera's menu, select "About Opera", copy the path to the profile, and close the Opera, open Windows Explorer, and paste the path into the address bar, find the "Preferences" file, and make its copy (if you make a mistake in the syntax, you can overwrite the original file with the copy, to easy revert the changes),

    2. Open the "Preferences" file in your text editor, and after the 1st line, which contains "{" sign (in the 2nd line), add the code as below:

       "Keybindings": {
          "Basic": {
             "ForceReload": [ "Shift+F5" ],
             "SwitchToLeftTab": [ "Ctrl+F5" ],
             "SwitchToRightTab": [ "Ctrl+F6" ]
          },
          "Settings": {
             "AdvancedEnabled": true
          }
       },
    

    after that, it should look as below:

    {
       "Keybindings": {
          "Basic": {
             "ForceReload": [ "Shift+F5" ],
             "SwitchToLeftTab": [ "Ctrl+F5" ],
             "SwitchToRightTab": [ "Ctrl+F6" ]
          },
          "Settings": {
             "AdvancedEnabled": true
          }
       },
    

    Slight notes:

    • if the sections as above already exist, then do not add new, but only edit them, adding the above three lines, which contain the keybindings,

    • if you don't use advanced keyboard shortcuts, then the value of the "AdvancedEnabled" can be "false".

    Save the changes, close the file, launch the Opera, and see if this helps 😉

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