@leocg thanks much for the info !
however, i beg to differ that the only 'correct' way to search for help about a program is to press F1... quite obviously it is not [hence google's rise to omnipotence...]. furthermore, from a consumer's point of view, using your logic i could just as easily say 'the only way to provide help is to make available correct up-to-date information on the functionality of the product.' more to the point, pressing F1 in opera takes me to an index of all possible help topics which returns nothing appropriate for a search on automatic updates -- not at all helpful !
i don't mean to bite the hand that feeds me, i truly am grateful for your information. your reply implies you might be involved in the development of opera, which is why i gave you that feedback. if you're not, my apologies, hope i haven't ruined your day.