I am also new to Opera. I came from Firefox. I do like the fact that the program seems to be lighter on memory usage. And appears to be pretty fast.
Like greenyellowred, I am a bit mystified at the lack of a native facility to decide what page my favourite page is going to be.
So far, I've had to install an extension to navigate to my page when I open a new tab. I then had to install another one to ge able to set up the home page I want. I don't have any use for Opera's Speed Dial page. I use FVD Speed Dial. I am not being critical of the native speed dial page. I just prefer something else. Furthermore, I prefer to use Google Canada as my search engine. I am OK, because Google knows where I am and when I type into the address bar, it gives me Google Canada. Others may not be so lucky.
There is no way to customize the toolbar in order to add/remove/move buttons. Perhaps there is something I am missing.
It seems that Opera has abstracted away a fair amount of functionality in the browser. I don't necessarily think that's wrong. It will just take a bit of getting used to.
I am not trolling around trying to cause trouble. I am new to this browser and I would like to continue to use it. It is important that the application work for me though. Not the other way around. I hope you guys accept this as just my honest input. We're all new somewhere sometime and depend on others who have more knowledge and experience.