How to speed up the Opera web browser
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.
Speed up the Opera web browser
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. The preferences are set for maximum compatibility usually and not necessarily best performance.
Load opera://settings/ in the browser's address bar to get started.Â It is a good idea to start at the top and go all the way down to the bottom of the page.
Check out the following suggestions. Note that you may want to leave some settings turned on or off depending on your use of certain features.
- Block ads -- Enable if you don't use a dedicated extension to block ads. You can add exceptions for sites that you want to support.
- Wallpapers -- Disable.
- On Startup -- Depends on your preferences. I prefer to load the previous session but you can speed things up considerably if you select "begin fresh with start page" or "open a specific page or set of pages".
- Privacy and security -- Settings depend large on usability here. You may want to consider disable "use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar", "allow sites to check if you have payment methods saved", "use a prediction service to load pages more quickly", "automatically send crash reports to Opera", and "Help improve Opera by sending feature usage information".
- WebRTC -- Depends on whether you use services that use WebRTC. For maximum privacy, select "disable non-proxied UDP".
- Battery Saver -- Battery Saver preserves battery when you are using Opera on a device on battery. It will reduce performance however to achieve that. If performance is more important to you, disable battery saver.
- Instant Search -- disable if you don't use it.
- My Flow -- Disable it if you don't make use of the feature.
- Crypto Wallet -- If you don't use it, disable the Crypto Wallet here.
- Search pop-up -- If you don't use it, disable the search pop-up here.
- Video pop out -- If you don't use it, disable the video pop out here.
- Personal news -- Switch the "check my sources for new content" option to never.
- Start page -- Disable "receive promoted Speed Dials and Bookmarks", "Show Speed Dial suggestions", and "Show news on start page".
- User Interface -- Make sure "tab previews" and "enable reporting problems with sites" is disabled, and that "delay loading of background tabs" is enabled.
- Downloads -- For security reasons, it is better if "ask where to save each file before downloading" is checked.
- Shortcuts -- If you don't use gestures, make sure that mouse gestures, rocker gestures, and advanced keyboard shortcuts are disabled.
Load opera://settings/content to open the Site Settings. The tweaks under websites depend largely on how you use the browser.
- Images -- If you can live without images for the most part, consider switching the setting to "do not show any images". This is not recommended for most users but will improve page load time.
- Flash -- Make sure Flash is set to "ask first" if you use it occasionally or that "allow sites to run Flash" is disabled. You can add exceptions for sites that you want Flash to run on.
Other Tweaks and options
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 be useful 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.
- -process-per-site switches from a process per tab model to one that is lighter on resources by bundling all pages of a site into a single process. This saves you memory if you open multiple pages on the same site regularly.
- -disk-cache-dir=z:\opera\ â€“disk-cache-size=104857600 moves the disk cache to another drive, and sets it to 100 Megabyte. Especially useful if moved to a faster drive, or a RAM disk.
- -enable-low-end-device-mode improves memory consumption by making tweaks that benefit lower end devices the most.
- -enable-low-res-tiling improves performance when scrolling on low end devices.
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" â€“enable-low-end-device-mode
Now You: Feel free to share your Opera speed up tips in the comments below.Advertisement