Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers How to Manage Search Engines in the Opera Web Browser Change the default, use a custom search engine, or add a new one by Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated on September 17, 2020 Browsers Chrome Safari Firefox Microsoft Tweet Share Email Opera is a popular, free web browser that's available for Windows, macOS, and Linux computers as well as mobile devices. Like many other web browsers, Opera supports web searches from the address bar, so any search term you type into the address bar feeds into the search engine of your choice. Opera relies on Google by default, but it's easy to opt for another search provider or add a new one. Opera's unique keyword system even lets you use a custom search engine for a query without changing the default search engine. To take advantage of all Opera's features and capabilities, make sure you're using the latest version of Opera. How to Change Opera's Default Search Engine If you'd rather default to another of Opera's available search engines, it's easy to make the switch. Open the Opera web browser. Select Opera > Preferences on a Mac, or Opera > Options on a Windows PC. For quicker access, try the Settings shortcut by typing opera://settings into the search bar. Under Search engine, select the dropdown menu and choose Google Search, Yahoo!, DuckDuckGo, Amazon, Bing, or Wikipedia. You've set your new default search engine in Opera. Now, when you enter a search term in the address bar, Opera will default to using this search engine. (In this example, it's DuckDuckGo.) Use Custom Search Engines in Opera With Keywords A keyword is a letter or short word that serves as a search engine's nickname. If you'd like to use another search engine just for a specific search, here's how to access it with its keyword. Open the Opera web browser and Select Opera > Preferences on a Mac, or Opera > Options on a Windows PC. Select Manage Search Engines. Note the keywords for the various installed browsers, including any you've added yourself. Exit settings and open an Opera tab. In this example, we'll do a search on Amazon using its z keyword. Type z shoes in the search bar and hit Enter or Return. Your custom search will go directly to shoe listings in Amazon. How to Add a New Search Engine to Opera in Settings If you want to use a search engine that Opera doesn't already offer, it's easy to add it to your options. In this example, we'll add the Spanish-language version of Wikipedia. After you add a new search engine, use its keyword for custom searches. Open the Opera web browser. Select Opera > Preferences on a Mac, or Opera > Options on a Windows PC. For quicker access, try the Settings shortcut by typing opera://settings into the search bar. Select Manage Search Engines. Select Add. Enter a name for your search engine, a keyword, and the URL, and then select Add. When you enter the URL, enter only the static part of the address. At the end, add a /%s to represent your search query. In this example, we entered the URL as es.wikipedia.org/wiki/%s. You've added the new search engine to Opera's list, and you can now use it in custom search queries. How to Use the New Search Engine To use the newly added search engine via its keyword: Open the Opera web browser. In the address bar, enter your search engine's keyword, followed by a search term. In this example, we'll use the keyword s to open a query in the Spanish version of Wikipedia. Type s Mexico. Your search term will open in the designated search engine. In this example, it's the Spanish-language version of Wikipedia.