Opera 42 Stable with Currency Converter

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 13, 2016
Updated • Dec 13, 2016

Opera 42, the new stable version of the web browser by Opera Software, ships today with a built-in currency converter and other changes.

Opera Software appears to be on an innovation spree. The company released several interesting features like Battery Saver,  Browser VPN or a built-in ad-blocker in recent time that set the browser apart from others.

This drive to bring new features to the Opera browser continues with version 42, released today to the stable channel.

Existing Opera Stable users should get update notifications right now or soon. You may run a manual check for updates with a click on Menu > About Opera. New versions of the browser can also be downloaded directly from Opera Software's website.

Opera 42

opera 42 currency converter

The big new feature of Opera 42 is the built-in currency converter. The feature works similar to that of browser add-ons such as Converter for Firefox but built-in so that it is available right from the start.

The feature is enabled by default, and works by highlighting price information on websites. Opera displays the converted amount then in an overlay on the page.

There are a couple of things that you need to know about this feature. First, you may configure the feature in Opera's options:

  1. Load opera://settings in the browser's address bar.
  2. Select Browser from the menu on the left.
  3. Scroll down until you come to the user interface section.
  4. There you find the "On text selection convert currency to" option.

opera currency converter

You can disable the feature there if you have no need for it. This is the case if you don't shop in other regions for instance, or if you notice issues when the feature is enabled.

The second option that you have is to change the target currency. The browser supports a good 30 currencies including USD, EUR, CHF, JPY, GBP and more.

The Opera browser pulls the values from the European Central Bank (based on daily values, not real-time).

Opera 42 Newsreader changes

The new browser version ships with feed discovery improvements. You may see a new newspaper icon in the browser's address bar when a site supports RSS feeds. A click on the icon displays all feeds found by the browser.

opera feed discovery

A left-click opens the feed in the Personal News section of the browser, a right-click the usual options to open or copy the link among other things.

The icon indicates if new content is available as well when you are on the site.

Both options can be configured in the settings:

  1. Load opera://settings in the browser's address bar.
  2. Switch to browser, and scroll down until you find the personal news section.

opera newsreader configuration

There you can disable the feed discovery option completely, and change the interval in which Opera checks sources for new content.

Other changes in Opera 42

  1. Web applications may synchronize data in the background starting in Opera 42.
  2. Opera 42 improves the startup improvements of Opera 41 further by taking recently used tabs into account when determining which tabs to load on start of the browser.
  3. Push notifications support.
  4. Network Installer for 64-bit Opera with upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit during installation.

You can check out the full list of changes on the Changelog42 page on the Opera website.

Now You: What's your take on Opera 42 and its new features?

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  1. Dean said on December 17, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Is anyone else having problems installing Opera 42 64-bit?
    I have other 64-bit software installed just fine.
    Is there a way to force the installer to install 64-bit?

  2. mikef90000 said on December 14, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Once again, the Opera stable Linux repo is down ………….. nope, just extremely slow and intermittently responsive. Does Not give me confidence in the new regime.

  3. Pierre said on December 13, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    You don’t mention that the installer installs automatically the program in 64 bits
    Unfortunately it installs it in program files (x86)
    If you want to put it to program files, uninstall the program, delete manually program files (x86)/Opera
    then reinstall it
    cf the end of this page

  4. Paranam Kid said on December 13, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I have found the currency converter & the RSS feed feature on the beta version 42, NOT on the stable version 42.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 13, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Did you check in the settings if the features are enabled?

      1. Paranam Kid said on December 13, 2016 at 1:53 pm

        Opera needed to be relaunched again after the relaunch following the upgrade. They are now visible. Sorry for the confusion.

  5. Diddle-y Doo said on December 13, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Does Opera phone home or to a third party to get currency conversion rates ?

    If so, at what moment does it occur ? What data is sent ?

    Worst case scenario: every time you use the feature, and data contains the URL to your currently visited website.

    Best case scenario: Conversion rates are included within Opera’s installer and there is no update until next version of Opera. Or, there are independent conversion rates updates that can be disabled and are not linked to the use of the feature or browsing, and obey to a strict privacy policy with no data retention.

    1. ShintoPlasm said on December 13, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      From one of the Opera mods (I asked a similar question):

      “Opera downloads rates on regular manner and cashes them. No (personal) data is sent when user selects text.”

    2. ShintoPlasm said on December 13, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      From one of the Opera mods (I’ve asked a similar question):

      “Opera downloads rates on regular manner and cashes them. No (personal) data is sent when user selects text.”

    3. Yuliya said on December 13, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      From European Central Bank. I don’t know if it checks a list on a daily basis or connects every time you do a conversion. I keep it disabled for this reason and because it does not support UAH.

      LE: oh, it’s in the article: “The Opera browser pulls the values from the European Central Bank (based on daily values, not real-time).”

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