How to Change Themes in the Opera Web Browser

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This tutorial is only intended for users running the Opera web browser on Windows or Mac operating systems.

Our routines can get a bit mundane, and that can include surfing the 'net. Sometimes new furniture, a new wardrobe, or a fresh coat of paint can spruce things up and reinvigorate your daily grind. The same can be said for your browser, as giving it a new look can be just what the web doctor ordered.

With just a few clicks of the mouse, Opera can take on a completely different appearance. Adding and changing themes in Opera is a breeze, and this tutorial will make you an expert in no time. First, open your Opera browser.

Windows users: Click on the Opera menu button, located in the upper left-hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, select the Settings option or utilize the following keyboard shortcut instead: ALT+P

Mac users: Click on Opera in your browser menu, located at the top of your screen. When the drop-down menu appears, select the Preferences option or use the following keyboard shortcut: Command+Comma

Opera's Settings interface should now be visible in a new tab. Click on Basic in the left menu pane, if it is not already selected. Next, locate the section labeled Themes. In this section you will find thumbnail preview images of all themes currently installed within your browser, the active one accompanied by a check mark in the foreground.

To apply one of these themes to your browser, simply click on it once and the visual changes will be apparent immediately. To download and install more options, first click on the Get more themes button.

The Themes section of the Opera add-ons website should now be visible. A large collection of attractive browser skins can be found here, each with their own unique look.

Accompanying each theme is a preview, versioning and download statistics, as well as user reviews. To install one of these themes, first click on its name or preview image from the main page. Next, click on the green and white Add to Opera button. The installation process, which typically takes less than 30 seconds depending on your connection speed, will now begin. Once complete, this button will transform into an icon that reads Installed and a new Opera window will open with your new theme already activated.

Opera also allows you to integrate themes directly from a file. To do so, select the 'plus' icon located on the far left-hand side of the preview images. Next, choose the file that you wish to install.