Web browser with built-in VPN, ad blocker, battery saver, YouTube pop-outs, speed dial and extensions support wrapped up in a customizable interface
What’s new in Opera 69.0.3686.36:
- We are very happy to announce that Opera has become the first major browser to integrate Twitter, which is now available in the sidebar. In the newest version 69 of the Opera browser for desktop, all the Twitter fans among you can get the best possible experience on your desktop computers.
- Opera specializes in providing unique features not typically found in other major browsers and comes with a built-in ad blocker and tracker blocker, free browser VPN, Crypto Wallet, and integrated social media messengers.
Opera is a web browser that delivers an intuitive search and navigation mode backed up by advanced features that include add-ons, download and bookmark managers, private data deletion options, mouse gestures, ad-blocker, VPN and more.
Smart and practical interface
The clean feature lineup and elegant lines adopted for shaping up the layout clearly represent a great advantage. It manages to deliver a simple and intuitive working environment by embedding in the main panel only key features for ensuring a seamless browsing session.
Tabs may look and feel a bit robust at a first glance but they are actually quite practical. You may work with pinned tabs and quickly access your favorite websites using ‘Speed Dials’ which enable you to add an unlimited number of pages that are revealed as thumbnails when a new tab is opened.
When it comes to changing the looks of your web browser you may apply themes by selecting from several default ones or downloading some more. Custom themes can also be created with the aid of images uploaded from your computer.
Extra functionality can be added to your web browser by installing extensions so you can translate webpages, block advertisements, save your passwords, and more.
Built-in bookmark manager for storing and sharing websites
A heart-shaped icon is integrated in the toolbar for helping you quickly save your favorite URLs to one of the preset categories. You may also create a custom folder where you can dump bookmarks and add the current bookmark to the Speed Dial.
One of the best bookmark tweaks that you can go for it deals with picking the preferred thumbnail image for each bookmark. The utility automatically reveals suggestive images from the current webpage and lets you preview them.
Leaving aside the quick features that are implemented in the toolbar for managing preferred websites, Opera also offers support for a built-in bookmark manager.
It comes out with something totally new, which cannot be found in other web browsers: interactive preview mode with thumbnails. The drag-and-drop support can be used for arranging thumbnails according to your preferences.
In case you want to return to classic looks, Opera allows you to turn on a list view mode. Hovering your mouse cursor over a bookmark reveals more options that allow you to remove or edit bookmarks, or add them to Speed Dial.
Discover news and entertainment
The ‘Personal news’ feature offers a simple and efficient way for helping bloggers, journalists or news addicts stay up-to-date with the latest news based on user preference, namely country and language or subjects of interest (e.g. arts, business, food, health, sports, technology).
Search and navigation mode
Opera adopts a combined search and address bar for helping you look for info on the Internet, displays predictive search suggestions, and lets you organize multiple pages with tabs, activate the full screen mode, make text more readable by zooming in or out, and retrieve the tabs closed earlier in the current session.
Opera Turbo feature is specifically designed for slower Internet connections, as it saves bandwidth and compresses data while you browse.
A fast navigation mode can be acquired using mouse gestures (e.g. holding the right mouse button, moving the mouse a certain direction) for performing common browsing actions (e.g. close current tab, reload the page), rocker gestures in order to jump backwards and forwards through pages by rocking your fingers between the right and left mouse button, as well as keyboard shortcuts.
You can activate an anonymous mode for searching on the Internet without leaving any traces behind. When you close the private window, Opera automatically deletes browsing history, items stored in cache and cookies.
The web browser makes use of badges for indicating details about the page you have landed on and warns you about suspicious webpages that may contain malware or phishing. For example, when the connection is secure, a lock is revealed in the security badge letting you know that your information remains private.
Plus, the tool blocks insecure content and lets you clear browsing data, namely browsing and download history, cookies and other site data, cache, clear saved passwords, and autofill form data. Cookies may be blocked or added to the list with exceptions.
Built-in VPN and ad-blocker
One of the features that is most likely to get users to switch to Opera is its built-in VPN, which enables you to route traffic through servers in Europe, Asia or the Americas. In an age when privacy is becoming increasingly hard to come by, this is a very useful feature.
What’s more, the browser is capable of blocking ads while you are browsing, increasing navigation speed and even blocking some tracking cookies. Thanks to this feature, you may not have to rely on a third-party extension to prevent ads from being displayed.
Sync and developer tools
The Sync mode lets you save your bookmarks, Speed Dial, custom search engines, history and other configuration settings so you can access them across multiple devices. Advanced utilities, such as a DOM view of webpages and highlighting of elements, are there to help developers debug local and remote webpages.
A fast and reliable web browser
All in all, Opera offers simple, practical and efficient ways for exploring the web and hides under its hood powerful tools for controlling your online privacy. This mix of features makes it ideal for all types of users, regardless of their experience level.