Upgrade from Opera 12 to 29 - things I can no longer do

  • After acquiring a new laptop I've upgraded from Opera 12 to the current version. I'm disappointed to have to lose the combined e-mail / web browser / feeds / bookmarks sidebar. What has happened to opera: config?
    One thing I'm trying to change - that every website I click on I want to always open in a new tab. In the default, the new website over-writes an existing tab.
    Can the tiles on the speed-dial be made smaller so that they can all fit on one page?
    Where is the bookmarks sidebar?
    Websites that used to show the RSS feeds icon no longer do so, so I can't subscribe to their updates.
    Have the Notes gone for good? I used 'copy to note' a lot

  • What has happened to opera: config?

    Its opera://flags now.

    One thing I'm trying to change - that every website I click on I want to always open in a new tab.

    Without making any changes you can do that by middle clicking the link. Ctrl+Left Click also does that. If you want to do it with just a left click I'm not sure as I've never needed to change it. You might look for an extension that does it.

    Can the tiles on the speed-dial be made smaller so that they can all fit on one page?

    Use the zoom feature. You can change it in the Opera Menu or by hitting the + and - keys.

    Where is the bookmarks sidebar?

    There isn't one. Beta 30 has an extensions sidebar though. There are several extensions that will allow you to work with bookmarks inside of it. Its in the testing phase though so it wont hit the stable release for some weeks yet.

    Have the Notes gone for good?

    Yes and no. Yes in that you wont see notes, or any non-core web browser related features, in the main program anymore. No in that the new extension system is design to take that kind of stuff over. There are several extensions that add note taking features, session, ad blocking, etc, etc, to Opera now. Its just a matter of finding one you like.

  • Its opera://flags now.

    Nope, they are completely different things. As said on opera:flags, flags are experimets they are not hidden settings.

  • I still have to use Opera 12 for bookmark managing :/

  • I miss download manager for old Opera, I hope it will restored in future update

  • RSS Feeds: I use Opera Mail. I will admit I couldn't find any easy way to import my feed list into Opera Mail but I did copy from Opera 12 each feed into Opera Mail and it is working fine.

    I pretty much have the same issues you have written about but after 10+ years, Opera simple didn't render the web pages I went to the most. The transition was a bit difficult losing the combined Mail, RSS Feeds, the Favorite Sidebar and Notes but I am running Opera 30 as well as 29 and the Sidebar and Notes work fine.

    Once you get used to Opera 29/30 and add Opera Mail, the total experience is pretty close.

  • I have the same problems and additionally i liked to be able to display and use the Version12 menu system, so am un-installing Opera29 and continuing to use Opera12. Pity Opera developers make new versions less user friendly than older versions. Please, at least give us users the option to do what we like doing. Cheers.

  • They did. Opera 12 and 29 can co-exist on the same system without problems.

  • Angry because I cannot add a Home button to the browser, using V29 - anyone help before I go back to Chrome????

  • There are extensions for Opera that give you a home button. Have you tried any of them?

  • It's hard for me to decide which is sillier, or is "sadder" the word I'm looking for: that there's an extension for a home button or that Opera is so stubborn about certain things that they refuse to offer one.

  • Its not that they refuse to offer it, its that they have other priorities. There are other more important features and improvements they want to add to the browsers and a home button is probably low on the list. Especially considering that theres already several extensions that add that functionality.

  • Is it not part of the code that they base Opera on? I haven't encountered a Chromium-Blink-derived browser yet that doesn't have it. If that's the case, they went out of their way to remove it.

    Why include back and forward arrows and refresh? That can all be done with extensions too.

    As I recall, bookmarks only came after kicking and screaming over a period that lasted at least a year, and they're still not what they were the last time I looked.

  • Either you use Opera because you like what is does for you or you don't. I don't see why you feel the need to complain about it. If you think another web browser is doing it better then use that one. If you think its a feature that Opera should incorporate then head over to the Suggestion Box and post about it. Crying about it here doesn't do anyone any good.

  • "Either you use Opera because you like what is does for you or you don't" is a very binary way of looking at it.

    I think it's a lot more nuanced than that, with shades of gray. Someone can actually hold multiple thoughts in mind: they can like the browser AND think that Opera makes highly questionable, often inexplicable decisions that hurt the product.

  • If you think its a feature that Opera should incorporate then head over to the Suggestion Box and post about it.

    Still stands.

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