Opera 30 has been released

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 9, 2015

Norwegian company Opera Software has released Opera 30 to the browser's stable channel. Prior versions should receive the update automatically thanks to the browser's automatic update feature.

The new version is already available as a download on the official website from where it can be downloaded and installed/run on supported operating systems.

Opera 30 ships with new features and feature improvements such as faster switching between tabs, support for sidebar extensions to display contents in the browser's sidebar panel, and an option to undo the deletion of bookmarks on the system.

The company added a button to Opera's interface to cycle through tabs. It displays the titles of all open tabs and recently closed tabs of the browser window in a menu when activated.

A click or Ctrl-Tab (Ctrl-Shift-Tab) activates the feature which cycles through tabs in chronological order.

opera tab switching

The order can be confusing in the beginning as the majority of modern browsers support sequential tab switching only.

A setting was added to the preferences of the browser to disable the new sort order and go back to the regular sort order instead:

  1. Load opera://settings in the browser's address bar and hit enter.
  2. Locate User Interface on the page that opens and uncheck "Cycle tabs in most recently used order".

Opera 30 supports a sidebar that you can add contents to. Hit Ctrl-Shift-s to toggle the sidebar. A click on the plus icons redirects you to the sidebar extensions gallery on the Opera website that lists browser extensions specifically designed for the sidebar.

There you find extensions to display bookmarks, notes, the browsing history, news or Google Keep information in the sidebar.

opera sidebar extensions

Support for extensions improves what users can add to the sidebar which already shows when you browse the list of sidebar extensions.

The third and final new feature that Opera Software added to version 30 introduces a trash folder to the bookmarks.

Instead of deleting bookmarks outright, they are now moved to the trash instead first from where they can be recovered which is helpful if they have been deleted accidentally.

bookmarks trash

An option to bypass the trash appears to be missing. This means that you will have to delete the bookmarks in the trash to get rid of them permanently. An option to bypass the trash by holding down a modifier key such as Shift would be useful.

The new version of Opera does not reinvent the wheel but it improves the browser gradually. As is the case with rapid release process updates, they are usually not as impressive due to the lack of time between updates.

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  1. Inderjeet said on June 18, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I have been a long time user of old
    Opera 12. I have tried the new one
    and decided it is not for me. For
    those who long for Opera 12, I would
    recomend trying Vivaldi, its spiritual
    successor that is being developed by
    much of the old Opera team.

  2. marc klink said on June 12, 2015 at 5:21 am

    And still we see new math, where 30 < 12.17.

  3. b003 said on June 10, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Been switching to Palemoon from Firefox. Fox has been slow and hangs lately.

  4. Bobby Phoenix said on June 10, 2015 at 12:06 am

    One thing that turned me away from Opera was not being able to rearrange the extension icons on the toolbar. Can that be done yet?

    1. Vivaldi! said on June 14, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      You can rearrange the icons (and modify a lot more) via the “preferences” file in Opera’s Roaming folder. >google

  5. Zeus said on June 9, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I recently switched to NCSA Mosaic. There’s no going back.

  6. Bob said on June 9, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    I have been using Cyberfox for a couple months. I will not go back to FF.


  7. RottenScoundrels said on June 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I have just installed PaleMoon (PM) again and happy to say, after about 6-moinths, they are finally at a professional level. Still a few funny little things, but now very usable. Uninstalled FFx from all PCs last night.

    Also, I have my PM Profile on my home network and all copies of PM on my PCs, laptops and tablets use that single Profile. But, that is a carry over from FFx so not specific to PM, but I was happy to see that it works.

  8. bob said on June 9, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    My current favorite is Firefox.

    I’d love to give Opera a chance, but it still won’t let me download the newest version on Ubuntu. The latest I can download? 12.16! This is ridiculous.

    1. mikef90000 said on June 9, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      Just add the opera-stable repository to your system:
      deb http://deb.opera.com/opera-stable/ stable non-free #Opera Browser (final releases)
      refresh the cache and you can install the opera-stable package.

      Alternatively you can download the .deb file from the above repo and install it with gdebi.

      BTW I also prefer Firefox / Pale Moon for most purposes but Opera is a good ‘Chrome Light’ and works better with most Google ‘apps’.

  9. jyst said on June 9, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    My Favorite is vivaldi but im not using it atm since its buggy but monitoring each update everyweek
    Im using Opera 30 as stable everyday since i stop testing buggy browsers as stable.

    I hope vivaldi is reaching stable soon since im tired of opera.

  10. theMike said on June 9, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    a bookmark icon with a bookmark dropdown/sidebar would be nice. instead its a speed dial page with huge boxes for each bookmark. i had to reinstall chromium to import my bookmarks, i couldn’t find a way to import from html. i only played with it a few minutes, if there were other ways to do this, it wasn’t easy to find

    1. vux777 said on June 9, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      from O menu

      …same is accessible from settings page

  11. IgHive said on June 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Does it have proper bookmark manager ( import and export ) like Chrome ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 9, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Last time I checked it supported import only natively.

  12. Alex said on June 9, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Any way to permanently disable opera’s update checking service?

    It kept coming back up when I ran opera, so I uninstalled opera.

    1. insanelyapple said on June 9, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Btw, same thing happens with Skype – silent update service which re-enables itself after each manual update

    2. lotus.w said on June 9, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      just add –disable-update on your shortcut link:

      “C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe” –disable-update

    3. Rick said on June 9, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Even easier .. just delete the update.exe

    4. RottenScoundrels said on June 9, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Why not just put a block on opera.com in your router? Or get their IP address and block that if the router can’t do URL names. It also stops a lot of calling home with where you go online. :)

      I have 13 lines in my IP Address blocking, which includes CIDR addressing, probably a thousand or so IPs covered.

    5. Jeff said on June 9, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      Assuming you are talking about Windows — open Task Scheduler, and on the left click on Task Scheduler Library. Then in the main panel, delete or disable the Opera Update check task.

    6. IgHive said on June 9, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      This is for chrome. Should be something similar for opera.

      Turning off Auto-Updates on Windows

      To turn off auto-updates of Google Chrome on Windows, you need to instruct Google Update to not update it. To do this, you can either:
      Use the Google Update ADM templates provided on this page or as described in this article.
      Set the value of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update\AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes to the REG_DWORD value of “0”.

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