werewolf may be overreacting a tad; and lando, I've appreciated all the help you've offered me as I made my way in the new Opera. But the bookmarking system is a serious learning curve when coming straight from Opera 12, and I haven't seen anybody even try to argue that it's better, only that it can be figured out (and made to function in something like a more familiar manner, as bbildman has done), and that there really isn't a choice, except to get an extension. It may or may not be a huge deal, depending on how one is used to working and how much time one has to spare to learn and/or customize an entirely new system. But it is a problem when upgrading, and the new system is hardly a functional improvement, unless of course one only has 20 or 30 bookmarks.
unless you have them nested into a bunch of folders, you should only be a click or two away from any bookmark.
And if you do have 50 or more bookmarks (or 500 or 1,000), then very likely you have nested them for the sake of organization and convenience, so that the new system adds a couple of new levels to get to them.
I just counted my bookmarks (by uploading them to Linkagogo) and I have accumulated well over 4,000 over the years and they are in folders and subfolders and subsubfolders, so bookmark access is important to me. The old Opera with the bookmark panel on the left that could be disappeared and reappeared by clicking on the left margin was my all time favorite, but right now I've got Firefox - I think I had to add FF Classic or something to get it - that still has a good bookmark panel, and failing that Maxthon has a halfway decent one (maybe even better if I learned more about it), and even Chrome has a bookmark drop down that I can at least comprehend if not like. So I see no reason to try to figure out how to do something with this new and unimproved Opera. I'll keep it, but only to use it for certain sites that I can plug into its bookmark bar, like alternate email with a different sign on, just very limited usage. Thanks for trying to help out anyway, guys.
IMO the only reason to move to current Opera from v. 12 is that it actually works on current Websites, as v. 12 no longer does in many cases. I don't see a reason to upgrade for the sake of functionality, other than the one function that everyone wants a browser to perform: display Websites properly and securely.