The following guide provides you with information on how to speed up the Opera web browser to improve performance and your overall experience.
The "new" Opera web browser is a Chromium-based browser that shares much of its code with Google Chrome. While I have not seen many complaints about the performance or resource use of the browser, there is always room for improvement.
The following tips may help you get the most out of Opera. It may be especially useful if you run Opera on a low end system with little RAM and a weaker processor.
First thing I suggest you do is go through the preferences of the web browser. This approach is the same that I used for the guide on improving the Vivaldi browser's performance.
Load opera://settings/ in the browser's address bar to get started. You may want to enable the "show advanced settings" and "always show power user settings" options on the Settings page.
Select Browser on the Settings page. Make the following adjustments to it:
The tweaks under websites depend largely on how you use the browser.
Settings depend large on usability here. You may want to consider enabling ad blocking, and disabling the following options under privacy:
One thing you may want to do is open the built-in Task Manager to monitor memory and cpu usage of the browser, extensions, websites, and the gpu.
It may pay off to keep the Task Manager window open while you use Opera like you would normally. Doing so may reveal bottlenecks or issues, for instance with installed extensions or sites loaded in the browser that impact the browser's performance and speed.
Opera, since it is based on Chromium, supports the same startup parameters like Chromium, Chrome or Vivaldi for the most part.
The following startup parameters may improve the browsing performance. They are the same that improve the speed of the Vivaldi browser.
While you may run Opera with these parameters manually, you may want to add them permanently to the browser's shortcut to improve usability.
You have to right-click on the Opera icon in the taskbar on Windows (or Start Menu, or Desktop), and either select properties right away, or right-click on Opera again before properties becomes available.
Add the startup parameters to the end of the target field, and make sure that there is a space between Opera's file path and name, and the parameters.
Here is an example: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera Developer\launcher.exe" –enable-low-end-device-mode
Now You: Feel free to share your Opera speed up tips in the comments below.
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