How to Manage Search Engines in the Opera Web Browser

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This tutorial is only intended for users running the Opera Web browser on LinuxMac OS X, macOS Sierra, or Windows operating systems.

The Opera browser allows you to quickly access search engines such as Google and Yahoo! in addition to other well-known sites like Amazon and Wikipedia directly from its main toolbar, letting you easily find what you're looking for. This tutorial explains the ins and outs of Opera's search capabilities.

First, open your browser. Enter the following text into the address/search bar and hit Enteropera://settings

Opera's Settings interface should now be visible in the active tab. Click on the Browser link, found in the left menu pane. Next, locate the Search section on the right side of the browser window; containing both a drop-down menu and a button.

Change Default Search Engine

The drop-down menu allows you to select from one of the following options to be Opera's default search engine, the one utilized when you enter just keyword(s) into the browser's address/search bar: Google (default), Amazon, Bing, DuckDuckGo, Wikipedia, and Yahoo.

Add New Search Engines

The button, labeled Manage search engines, allows you to perform several functions; the main one adding new, customized search engines to Opera. When you first click on this button a Search engines interface will appear, overlaying your main browser window.

The main section, Default search engines, lists the aforementioned providers each accompanied by an icon and a letter or keyword. A search engine's keyword is used by Opera to allow users to perform Web searches from within the browser's address/search bar. For example, if Amazon's keyword is set to z then entering the following syntax in the address bar will search the popular shopping site for iPads: z iPads.

Opera gives you the ability to add new search engines to the existing list, which can contain up to 50 entries in total. To do so, first, click on the Add new search button. The Other search engines form should now be displayed, containing the following entry fields.

  • Name (required): Enter the name of the search engine here. This can be any name that you desire and will be used to reference this search engine within the browser interface.
  • Keyword (optional): Enter the desired keyword here. This is typically just a single letter or number, as described above.
  • Address (required): The default search address for the desired site should be entered here.
  • Use POST (optional): Accompanied by a checkbox, this setting should only be activated for search engines that use POST queries as opposed to GET.
  • Query string (optional): A search can be refined by specifying a query string. For example, Amazon.com allows the use of certain query strings to display its search results in different formats. It is recommended that only advanced users alter this value.

Once satisfied with the values entered, click on the Save button.