The question came up here whether it is possible to disable Opera's built-in Speed Dial feature. Speed Dial displays a number of websites or Speed Dial extensions on the browser's new tab page.
Speed Dial was initially designed as the means to quickly access popular sites right away from the new tab page without having to enter the site's name first or select the site from the bookmarks. Other browser vendors have started to integrate similar options into their browsers (the last to do are Mozilla with Firefox natively).
Update: The method described below does not work anymore in newer versions of the Opera browser. You do get some control over the browser's new tab page as well.
Speed Dial extensions are a relative new feature of Opera that allows users to install extensions to display dynamic contents on the browser's new tab page.
Opera users who want to disable the new tab page, for instance to speed up the opening of new tabs in the browser or because they simply do not use the feature, can disable Speed Dial. The option to do so is however not listed in the options, but in Opera's advanced configuration listing.
The easiest way to open the preference is to load opera:config#UserPrefs|SpeedDialState in the Opera address bar. This should put the focus on the Speed Dial State preference in opera:config.
To change Opera's Speed Dial functionality or disable it, simply change the value of the parameter. Here are all values and their effect.
If you want to disable Opera Speed Dial, change the parameter's value to 3 and click on the Save button after scrolling down. The changes take effect immediately and without restart of the browser.
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