How to block websites in Opera

Date: February 15th, 2011
Author: Good Peace

One can have many reasons to block a website. The most notable without any doubt is parental control. Although this can be done using the Windows hosts file, Opera makes it even easier by adding it as a feature.

First, open Opera. Click on the Opera Menu button (the button with the Opera logo), select Settings and click Preferences:


How to block websites in Opera

Note: Alternatively you can use Ctrl + F12.

A new window will appear:

How to block websites in Opera

Select the Advanced tab:

How to block websites in Opera

On the left pane select the Content tab:

How to block websites in Opera

Press the Blocked Content button. A new window will appear:

How to block websites in Opera

Press the Add button. A new blank site address will appear:

How to block websites in Opera

Enter the site you wish to block. In our example we will block google.com:

How to block websites in Opera

Press Close. Press OK. Now when you try to open google.com it will not load.

Now let’s take a moment to see what each entry stands for. The entry http://www.google.com/* stands for each site which starts with “http://www.google.com/” and is followed by zero or more characters.

Basically the “*” is a sort of a wildcard character, which represents one or more characters. So instead of the two entries we can have this one:

http://*google.com/*

If we wish to block all google sites we use the following entry:

http://*google.*

Of course the “http://” can be omitted:
And we can have
*google.*

Note that this will block all sites containing the string “google.”. For example if the site named “somethinggoogle.com” exists we will have blocked it too. To edit/delete entries use the Edit/Delete buttons in the Blocked Content window.

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