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  Configuring Opera Browser 8:

This tutorial takes you through the most common functions of Opera's browser.

Working with Tabbed Browsing:

If you'd like to have a separate instance of Opera open for each site you visit, you can do so.   You can also utilize Opera's tabbing feature.  You can open each page you go to in a tab in one window rather than a separate window for each site you visit.

To open a new tab, click the New page button or click Ctrl + N on your keyboard.


A new tab appears.

Enter the address of the other site you'd like to visit.

Now you can toggle between tabs to view various sites.


Now let's discuss a few more common options and functions in Opera.

On the Toolbar, click File and select Preferences


Setting the Home page:

The Preferences window opens.

Select the General tab.

Startup  =  Select Start with home page from the menu.
Home page  =  The home page is the first page displayed when you launch Opera.  It can be any page you like.  Enter the address of the Website you'd like to view each time you open Opera.


Blocking Pop-up Windows:

Pop-up windows are the annoying little ads that appear from nowhere on your computer screen.  Opera can block these ads for you.

Pop-ups  =  Select the option Block unwanted pop-ups from the menu.


Saving Passwords:

Select the Wand tab.

On Opera's main window, you can click the Wand button to remember the passwords you use to access password-protected sites.

If you want Opera to store passwords, select the option Let the Wand remember passwords.

To view the sites for which passwords that have been saved, click the Passwords button.


Enabling Java and JavaScript:

Select the Advanced tab.

In the left-hand column, highlight Content.

To the right, enable the options GIF animation, Enable plugins, Enable frames, Enable Java, and Enable JavaScript.

If you'd like more control over JavaScript, click the JavaScript button.


The JavaScript options window appears.

Check/Uncheck the following options to your liking.

Click the OK button.


Setting the Default E-mail Application and Browser:

In the left-hand column, highlight Programs.

E-mail application  =  Opera can open whichever e-mail client you have set as the default client.  Opera has a powerful e-mail and newsgroups client.  You can set Opera as the default e-mail client by selecting Use Opera from the menu.

If you'd like Opera to be your default browser, check the box Check if Opera is default browser on startup.  When you start Opera, it will ask you if you'd like Opera as the default browser.  Click the Yes button.


Clearing the History and Cache:

In the left-hand column, highlight History.

Typed in addresses  =  This is a list containing all sites you enter in the address bar of Opera.  You can clear this list by clicking the Clear button.
Visited addresses  =  The History is list of all the sites visited with your computer.  You can clear this folder by clicking the Clear button.

Disk cache  =  The Cache contains the files, images, and cookies of every website visited with your computer.  You can clear these by clicking the Empty now button.

Important:  A full history and cache can impede browsing speed.  You should clear these periodically.


Deleting Cookies:

In the left-hand column, highlight Cookies.

Cookies are an important part of the Internet.  Many sites require that they be enabled.  If they are not enabled you will not be able to access certain sites.

Normal cookies  =  To enable cookies, select Accept all cookies from the menu.
Third party cookies  =  These are not necessary.  You can deny these or accept only those set to the site you're currently visiting.

Click the Manage cookies button.


The Server manager window appears.

Opera displays a list of sites that have deposited cookies on your computer.  You can delete the cookies here.

Click the OK button.


Setting the Proxy Server:

In the left-hand column, highlight Network.

There are at least two common reasons to use Proxies:

Filtering:  Web sites are filtered to stop unwanted sites dealing with smut, violence, etc. from reaching your computer.  The proxy address is available from your ISP support center.

Web Acceleration - With BrowseBlast software installed, your Internet connection can be 2 to 5 times faster.  If you have purchased BrowseBlast from your ISP and installed it on your computer, the proxy settings should match those on the right.

To configure the proxy servers, click the Proxy servers button.  It's to the right.


Check the box HTTP.

The screen on the left shows settings for Filtering whereas the screen on the right is for BrowseBlast.  The proxy addresses and ports are available from your ISP support center.

Note:  If you do not know these settings, contact your ISP's technical support.

Settings for Filtering  

Settings for Web Acceleration



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