Segros, I also use Shortkeys.
But sadly, they do not work:
- On the speed dial screen
- When an embedded movie is in focus
- When a form field is in focus
- When you have no visible windows (Mac)
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I was reading this again, ruario, and paid a little more attention to this sentence:
"Don't get me wrong it is a great feature but shortcuts as a whole are used by only a minority, even amongst old Opera users. As such fixing things like this are farther down the list."
I consider myself an "old" Opera user (but not 40 yet!), and I think you essentially are telling the truth. Not many people use these shortcuts.
As an IT professional, I usually get "hired" to set up all the computers in my close and extended family. If I should give an estimate to how many times I have installed Opera with family and friends, it would surely be more than 100.
In all the years with Opera Classic, I also told every friend, colleague and family member that Opera was the best browser. But I can't do that anymore.
So even if it is a small feature, it is more important than just the number of users who actually use it. If you have enough of the little gems that Opera has been known for over the years (mouse gestures, speed dial, password sync, bookmark sync, tab handling and SO much more), you will produce enthusiastic fans like me. And we will spread the word.
Bruce Dickinson: "Turn your customers into fans!"
On a side note:
In Opera 12 for Mac, the CMD+[1-9] shortcuts do not work when there are no application windows. This used to work before, maybe Opera 11 or 10.
This ALSO works fine in Safari.
If you remove a feature, there should be a reason. I struggle to see an obvious reason for this case, as well as for not including speed dial shortcut keys in Opera Chromium.
Last week, I finally abandoned Opera 12 for Safari. Opera Chromium does not yet have all the fun which previously made Opera 12 the best browser by far.
The shortcut keys for Speed Dial work fine in Safari, and that is what finalized the browser switch for me. A switch was needed, since Opera 12 no longer supports all the sites i need it to support.
I will reconsider if Opera Chromium adds Speed Dial shortcuts. They are tremendously important to me. There is no faster way to browse your favorite sites.