Using Address Bar Shortcuts to Control the Opera Browser

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This article is only intended for users running the Opera Web browser on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows operating systems.

The Opera Web browser for desktops and laptops contains dozens of configurable settings, allowing you to control the application's behavior in a number of ways ranging from your preferred language to which websites open upon startup.

Most of the interfaces used to access these settings are available through Opera's graphical menus or via keyboard shortcuts.

For some, however, there is another path which many users find more convenient. This alternate method is through the browser's address bar, where entering the following text commands can bring you directly to both commonly used and advanced configuration screens.

These address bar shortcuts can also be used as a path to several of Opera's other features such as the day's top news stories or a list of files that you've recently downloaded.

To utilize any of the commands below, simply enter the text shown in Opera's address bar and hit the Enter key.

opera://settings: Loads Opera's main Settings interface, which contains the majority of its customizable options grouped into the following categories - Browser, Websites, Privacy & security.

opera://settings/searchEngines: Launches Opera's Search engines settings which allow you to assign a new default option, add new engines and view and modify those search providers that were added to the browser by extensions.

opera://settings/startup: Allows you to specify with page or pages automatically open when Opera is launched.

opera://settings/importData: Opens the Import bookmarks and settings window, where you can transfer browsing history, passwords, bookmarked websites, and more personal data from other Web browsers or an HTML file.

opera://settings/languages: Provides the ability to add dozens of different languages to Opera's spell checker dictionary.

opera://settings/acceptlanguages: Allows you to specify which languages you wish Web pages to be displayed in, ranking them by order of preference.

opera://settings/configureCommands: Displays the Keyboard shortcuts interface where you can modify the keystroke combinations tied to dozens of basic and advanced functions such as printing a Web page or inspecting an element.

opera://settings/fonts: Lets you assign one of dozens of installed options as the standard font, serif font, sans-serif font, and fixed-width font. Also allows you to change Opera's character encoding to something other than UTF-8, as well as modify the browser's minimum font size on a sliding scale ranging from tiny to huge.

opera://settings/contentExceptions#javascript: Instructs Opera to either allow or block JavaScript execution on user-defined Web pages or entire sites.

opera://settings/contentExceptions#plugins: Implicitly allows or prevents plug-ins from running on specific websites.

opera://plugins: Displays all plug-ins currently installed within the browser, each accompanied by relevant information including title and version number as well as a button to enable/disable it.

A Show details button is also offered, which presents in-depth variables for each plug-in such as its MIME type and file location on your hard drive.

opera://settings/contentExceptions#popups: Lets you define individual websites where pop-up windows will be allowed or blocked, overriding the browser's main pop-up blocker status in these particular instances.

opera://settings/contentExceptions#location: Displays all geolocation exceptions currently defined within the browser.

opera://settings/contentExceptions#notifications: Depending on your settings, websites may have the ability to push notifications via the Opera browser.

This command instructs Opera either to allow or block said notifications from specific domains or Web pages.

opera://settings/clearBrowserData: Launches Opera's Clear browsing data interface which allows you to delete history, cache, cookies, passwords, and other private data from a user-specified time interval.

opera://settings/autofill: Lets you manage all personal data used by Opera to prepopulate Web forms. This includes names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and even credit card numbers. For more information about this functionality, visit our in-depth Opera autofill tutorial.

opera://settings/passwords: This interface lets you view, edit or delete all account passwords that Opera has saved during previous browsing sessions. You also have the ability to view and edit which websites were prevented from storing passwords.

opera://settings/contentExceptions#cookies: Instructs Opera to either allow or block both cookies and other site data (local storage) from being saved on your device, overriding the main settings.

opera://settings/cookies: Displays all cookies and local storage files that have been saved on your hard drive, grouped by their site of origin. Details of each cookie or storage component are provided including name, creation and expiration dates, as well as script accessibility permissions. Also included in this pop-up window is the actual content of each cookie, along with the ability to delete them individually or in one fell swoop.

opera://bookmarks: Opens Opera's Bookmarks interface in a new tab allowing you to delete, edit and organize your favorite websites.

opera://downloads: Displays a list of all files downloaded through the browser, including those that are currently being transferred as well as those downloads that have been paused. Accompanying each download is its file path, origin URL, and buttons to either open the file itself or the folder which contains it. This interface also allows you to search your download history or delete it completely.

opera://history: Provides a detailed record of your browsing history including each site's name and URL as well as the date and time it was accessed.

opera://themes: Opens Opera's Themes interface, which allows you to change the look and feel of the browser. For more information on this functionality, visit our Opera Themes tutorial.

opera://about: Displays version number and details about your Opera installation as well as the path to the browser's install files, profile, and cache. If your browser is not up-to-date, this screen will also give you the option to install the latest version.

opera://news: Displays the day's top news stories in a new browser tab, aggregated from a large number of sources and ranging in category from arts to sports.

opera://flags: Use at your own risk! The experimental features found on this page can have detrimental effects on your browser and system if not utilized correctly. It is recommended that only advanced users access this interface, which is not available through any other method.

As always, it is best to use caution when modifying your browser's settings. If you are unsure about a particular component or feature, it may be best to leave it as is.