Opera History Search

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 15, 2008
Updated • Jan 6, 2013

The Opera team is constantly adding exciting new features to the beta version of the upcoming version of Opera which other web browsers do not support right now. This could give the browser the edge over its main competitors Firefox 3 and Internet Explorer 8.

One of the features that got recently introduced in the latest Opera beta version is History Search which allows you to search all of your history items. The emphasize lies on full text search of all items as opposed to only searching the web address - the url - of the websites and services that you have visited in the past.

The feature is available right from the location bar of Opera 9.5. Hits begin to appear with the first key that is entered. This is in my opinion a great way of finding websites that you have visited but can't remember the url of. Instead of having to remember part of the url, you know can also use the title of the web page instead or information that were posted on the website to find it that way.

All the data that is needed for the functionality is stored in Opera's profile folder and deleted whenever you select to clear the history and cache of the web browser. You can also configure the maximum size of pages that you want cached on your system. To do so, you need to open the preferences editor of Opera contains and, locate the Max Visited Pages Index Size parameter to change its vlaue.

The default value is unlimited (-1). You can change the value to 0 if you want to disable that feature or to another value if you want to limit the size on the hard drive. I think it's Kilobytes and not Megabytes that you have to enter there just like in the Cache setting.


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  1. daniel said on May 5, 2010 at 1:51 am

    how do i c some one els calls and txt and e mail cuz i half a metro cell phone..can u help me….

  2. Tobey said on March 16, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks for the info on upcoming features in advance. We have yet another reason to look forward to future Opera development.

    Opera FTW!

  3. KMJB said on March 15, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks for this tip, the only Best browser all time!!! see ya.

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