Working With Many Tabs In Opera

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 26, 2009
Updated • Nov 21, 2009

It is a pretty solid walkthrough that unfortunately lacks images to go along with the article. The tips and tweaks are divided into these five subjects:

  • Give tabs more space
  • Prevent unwanted close
  • Change tab logic
  • Use hotkeys
  • Show tabs in full screen mode

Most of the tips and tweaks describe Opera settings and options that can be changed to make it easier and more convenient to work with many tabs in the Opera browser. Probably the most useful tip for a "minimal user interface" type of user like me is the description of how to remove interface elements from the toolbar to provide more space for the tabs.

The article is worth a read for all users who work regularly or partially with the Opera web browser.


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  1. Tobey said on July 26, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Hahah, shame on them buttons! :-)

  2. Rarst said on July 26, 2009 at 5:47 pm


    You are welcome.

    I had only recently looked up how to disable close buttons myself. Should’ve done that years ago. They tend to sneakily chase after mouse cursor, or so I feel. :)

  3. Tobey said on July 26, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Was indeed worth a read although I’ve already known almost all the tricks. One which I didn’t even think about using now seems pretty nifty to me – doing away with the “X” buttons on tabs. Thanks Rarst & Martin.

  4. Rarst said on July 26, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks for the shout out. :) I indeed enjoy Opera as well as writing posts and comments on it. Its interface is often discarded as inflexible when in fact it can be tweaked and customized a lot.

    As for images I usually include some in Opera posts, but they end up boring most of the time – pieces of browser, pieces of settings dialogs. Decided to skip them this time and see how it goes.

    Browser interface works best when it doesn’t get in the way of browsing, so screenshots of browser itself make little sense most of the time.

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