I feel a bit sad letting go of Opera, at least for the time being. I've been using Opera since the early 2000s, back when it had ad banners. Several features that I found useful were dropped over the years, but nothing was as much of a deal-breaker as losing Recently Closed Tabs in its "classic" form and usefulness.
I kind of (try to) understand the reasoning why reopening closed tabs is done through search. When looking for a tab I recently closed, I know the topic and words used on that page, therefore typing a keyword should be faster for finding that tab than going through a list. This workflow should be improving the user experience, but I actually see at least two barriers in this workflow:
- I have to think what words were used on the closed tab, as opposed to just scanning a list and maybe finding the right tab by its favicon. (Minor case, but then there are also tabs that were showing image files directly, with random names like 3a5f3e88c33.jpg.)
- I have to move my hand from the mouse to the keyboard.
I've seen that 71 will be bringing a Show More to show more than three closed tabs, but that is an additional unnecessary click.
Also, I find that having a list open tabs in Search in Tabs is somewhat redundant, as there already is a "list" of open tabs on top of the window.
What might be a workable compromise for the Search in Tabs popup:
- By default list only closed tabs, as many as fit in the popup, not only three.
- Have a Show More at the bottom in case there are even more closed tabs than fit in the popup. Or make the popup scrollable.
- Search still searches through open and closed tabs.
- Add a setting that also shows open tabs in the popup, to accommodate users who like having a list of open tabs.