Opera 55: Chrome-like Settings page
Opera Software, maker of the popular Opera web browser for desktop and mobile operating systems, launched a new Developer version of Opera 55 recently that includes a redesigned Settings page.
The Opera browser is based on Chromium, the same core that Google Chrome or Vivaldi are based on as well.
The browser came with a custom settings page ever since Opera Software switched from the company's Presto engine to Chromium.
The current stable version of Opera displays all available settings when you load opera://settings in the browser, or use the Opera menu to open the Settings page.
It lists basic settings on start and hides some settings by default. You may switch to browser, websites, and privacy & security sections in the settings to customize the browser.
The new Settings page that the company launched in Opera 55 changes the layout significantly. It copies Chromes "one page for all Settings" layout and does not hide advanced settings any longer.
The new page looks like this (note: subject to change).
Opera users may notice two core changes when they compare the old to the new settings page:
- All Opera settings are displayed on a single page in the new layout.
- The new layout uses larger font sizes and more whitespace which may improve accessibility but reduces the number of options displayed at the same time on the settings page.
- Tip: hold down the Ctrl-key on the keyboard and use the mousewheel to zoom in or out of the page.
The new layout displays basic settings on load and advanced settings when users select the advanced link at the bottom of the page.
Basic settings will appear first when opening the full settings page. Here, you will find settings for ad blocking, wallpapers, browser appearance, the sidebar, synchronization, search engines, making Opera the default browser and startup options.
Clicking the â€œAdvancedâ€ label at the bottom will expand the page with additional settings. This includes privacy and security, passwords and forms, VPN, battery saver, My Flow, search pop-up, video pop out, personal news, Opera Turbo, start page, user interface, languages, downloads, system, shortcuts and reset settings.
Opera users may restore the old settings layout for now but the option to do so will be removed eventually.
- Load opera://flags/#new-md-settings
- Set the preference to disabled.
- Restart the Opera web browser.
The new settings page layout may look prettier than the old but I find it less practicable as it displays less options on the screen at the same time. While it may require less clicking to access settings, it means that users will have to scroll more or use the search instead to manage options in the Opera browser.
The change may come to Opera 55 Stable which Opera Software plans to release later this year.
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