How to Disable Images in the Opera Web Browser

Opera browser loading too slowly? Try blocking images

image settings in Opera web browser screenshot

Whether you want to speed up page load times or simply don't want to see website images, Opera makes it easy to prevent them from loading automatically.

This guide tells you how to disable images on a website with the Opera web browser.

This tutorial was created for users running Opera in macOS, but the steps in Opera for Windows and older versions of Mac OS X are very similar.

How to Disable Images on a Website with Opera

To disable images from loading, follow these steps:

  1. Open Opera.

  2. Select Opera from the top menu bar. When the drop-down menu appears, select Preferences.

    Opera > Preferences
  3. Opera's Settings interface will display in a new tab. Select Advanced from the bar on the left. This opens a drop-down submenu.

    Opera's advanced settings pane
  4. Select Privacy & security.

    Opera Advanced > Privacy & security
  5. Select Site Settings in the main pane, to the right of the bar.

  6. Select Images.

    Opera image loading preferences
  7. Toggle the Show all (recommended) button to the off position. The toggle button will gray out.

    Opera's Privacy and security options
  8. Opera offers the ability to add certain web pages or entire websites to both an image safelist and a blocklist. This is useful if you would like images to render or be disabled on only certain sites. To access this interface, select Block or Allow accordingly and enter the site's address.

Many pages render incorrectly or not at all when their images are removed, and as a result, some content may become illegible.