@burnout426 Thanks for your quick response!
I don't get a lot of problems with Opera but this had me scratching my head!
I do run Acronis backup software on my laptop that keeps an runs an incremental backup every week and a full backup after every 5 but restoring the files to the Opera path was not working.
I think the preference file became corrupt and I had a hard time digging it out.
Is there an easy way store the preference file?
I have my bookmarks & speed dials all back but it took some time, thanks for any more info you could share on this!