Posts Tagged ‘Opera’

Set different download locations for different filetypes using Opera

There is one thing about most browsers that really annoys me. It’s related to the download location. First of all it can take you half an hour to find how to change the default download location and after you find it you realize that you can setup only one download location for all types of files. Now this may seem a bit nitpicky, but when you download a lot files you certainly expect a little more sophisticated behavior from your browser. Of course you could always use a download client, but considering how advanced are our browsers it is kind of ridiculous to use such a client nowadays.

Introducing Opera’s download settings – a browser that lets users set their default download location for each filetype. In this short tutorial we will show you how to do just that.

First of all open Opera, click on the Opera button select Settings > Preferences:

Note: Alternatively, you can use Ctrl + F12.

A new window will open:

Navigate to the Advanced tab:

Select Downloads in the left-hand pane:

Here you can see a list of recognized files (listed with their MIME types) and the default download folder. However you can easily set a folder of your choice. Select a file type and click the Edit button. A new window will open:

Here you can directly choose the appropriate behavior for that file, including whether to be saved, opened with Opera, opened with a plug-in, opened with an application of your choice or saved to a specific location. To set a specific location for this kind of file, simply select the Save to disk radio button, check the Do not ask for folder, but save directly to option and choose the appropriate directory:

Click OK and click OK in the Preferences window.

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The clash of the browsers

There is a rule in software – the more choices the customer has the larger the chance to choose the worst option. Nowadays there is a large variety of anything, including browsers. Add the ease of access to the internet and as a result we get the Browser Wars II.

Today the most used browsers are Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Apple’s Safari. Basically, the only thing either of these browsers could do is to out-innovate each other.

At first IE held the dominant place, but its share has been shrinking thanks to the strong competition from Firefox and Chrome. However with the last release of IE – Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft got back in the game, by doing what won them the first Browser Wars – innovation and embracing (and implementing) new standards(in this case HTML 5 and CSS3).

In a recent benchmark related to HTML5, Firefox 3.7 and Opera are just a little faster than IE9 and extremely faster than Chrome. In terms of CPU, Firefox 3.7, Opera, IE and Chrome came with pretty much the same results. However, when it comes to JavaScript, Chrome and Opera are on the top.

In terms of HTML5 and CSS3, Opera and IE9 support a larger part of the standard compared to their competitors, however they don’t support WebGL like Firefox and Chrome.

To talk about a perfect browser is naïve and ridiculous. Each browser has its flaws and depending on the users’ needs each browser can be “the perfect choice”. It is up to us, the users, to choose the browser that fits our needs.

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How to give more resources to specific applications in Windows 7

Most of the times when I work on my PC I find myself in the following situation. I have several applications running and the one I need the most is working extremely slow and is frustratingly irresponsive. How often has this happened to you? Well, no more. With just a few simple clicks you can modify the priority of a given application resulting in an increase (or a decrease) of the resources given to it by Windows.

First open the Task Manager. You can use the good old Ctrl + Alt + Del combination and select Start Task Manager from the menu or the new hotkey combination Ctrl + Shift + Esc which will instantly open the Task Manager:
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How to change the source viewer in Opera

I’m a great fan of Opera (the browser), but if there is one thing that has always bothered me it’s that its source viewer sucks. Sure it uses different colors for JavaScript and stuff like that, but have you ever tried searching for text using it? It barely highlights the text that matches. Not to mention luxuries like highlighting the corresponding tag to the one you have selected, regular expressions, etc. But, what Opera’s source viewer lacks in functionality, Opera makes up with the ability to use an external program for viewing source code. In this tutorial we will show you how to make Opera use Notepad++ as its source viewer. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to set a home page in Opera 11

By default, Opera sets the Speed Dial page as your homepage. Personally, I like this feature a lot, however, many users prefer to have a standard webpage as their homepage. Not to mention corporation where the home page has to be, of course, the company website. So let’s see how we can set Opera’s homepage. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to set Opera to use a proxy server

Proxy servers act as an intermediary for client requests. The basic mechanism is – the client connects to the proxy server and asks for a given resource, then the proxy server evaluates if the request is in accordance with its filtering rules and if it is, it delivers the resource to the client. Proxy servers have many purposes, including keeping the client anonymous, speeding up access to resources, applying access policies, usage logs, etc. Setting up a proxy server is extremely easy in Opera. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to make Opera 11 use less memory

Opera 11 is a pretty good browser and I prefer it to Firefox and Google Chrome for many reasons. I will launch into explanations on why Opera is my choice in this article, rather than explain a little trick which will make Opera use les RAM. Read the rest of this entry »

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Using Opera’s mini simulator to preview your site on a mobile device

In case you have been living in a cave for the last few years – it is possible to access websites via mobile devices. And it is a good idea to make sure you website is readable on such a device. In case you don’t have a mobile device with an internet access, don’t worry, Opera has your back covered. You can now preview your site using a simulator of the popular browser for mobile devices Opera Mini. The simulator of course comes from Opera.

Navigate to http://www.opera.com/mobile/demo/

Wait for the application to load:
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How to modify the Speed Dial tab in Opera

Opera has many cool features. One of them without any doubt is the Speed Dial tab. Unlike other browsers when you open a new tab, it is not blank. It contains a list of sites (by default blank) in a grid (by default 3×3). This is a really neat feature as it increases browsing speed and it is more beautiful.

If you wish it is possible to modify the Speed Dial tab in various ways.
By default the Speed Dial tab is an empty 3×3 grid:
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Install SSL certificate in Opera

This tutorial will show you how to install your own SSL certificate under Opera Browser. Opera Browser is the third most popular web browser in the world after Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Nowadays SSL certificates are widely used for personal identification, for example, for online banking systems. The certificate ensures that the person connection is the one who should only have access to the system.

To get to the proper place you must go to the Opera browser Button at the top left corner. You go to the Settings menu then select Preferences Read the rest of this entry »

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