Block Opera from opening a New Tab Page on Start

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 6, 2019

I have configured all my web browsers to restore the last browsing session whenever they are launched on a system; that's handy as it allows me to continue where I left off, and to keep a number of sites open in the browser without having to worry about losing them or having to restore them through other means.

The Opera web browser supports session restore as well but for some time now, I noticed that the browser would always open a blank page next to all the tabs from the previous session.

While that may be useful to some users of the browser, I found myself closing the blank tab that displayed just the start page of the browser more often than not. One of the main issues that I had with that was that it focused the New Tab page automatically when the browser started.

Again, some users may like it as they can run searches or interact with content displayed on the New Tab page right away.

Thankfully, after some digging around, I found a way to disable the behavior. Once changed, Opera will just load the tabs of the previous browsing session when started and not a New Tab page as well.

opera display start page first

Here is how you make the change in current versions of the Opera web browser:

  1. Activate the Opera Menu at the top left and select Settings. You may use Ctrl-P alternatively to open the Settings, or load opera://settings instead which does open the preferences as well.
  2. Select Advanced and scroll down on the page until you get to the "on startup" section on the Settings page. You may also run a search for startup instead to display only that preference group.
  3. Flip the state of Display the start page first under "Retain tabs from previous session" to disable the feature that loads a new tab page whenever Opera starts.

I suggest you test the change by closing Opera and opening the browser again. If everything worked out, Opera should just load the tabs of the previous browsing session.

Now You: Do you make use of session restore?

Block Opera from opening a New Tab Page on Start
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  1. Wayne said on April 7, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. Lately I was bothered by this change. This didn’t use to be the default restart behavior before.

  2. shavais said on February 11, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    I want Opera to open a single tab of when I open it. Nothing else. Not my previous session pages, not a “home” tab or anything like that. I’ve configured it that way, but it is ignoring my settings and just opening a home tab.

  3. Charlene said on February 3, 2020 at 1:31 pm


    It’s very useful, bit I got this issue on my mobile app. Do you know how to resolve that?

    Thanks 😊

  4. Mountainking said on July 8, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Always last session!

  5. ULBoom said on July 7, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Home page and new tab pages are DDG or Startpage depending on which is my current search engine. Bookmarks are used for sites frequently visited.

  6. Janne Granström said on July 6, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    but do you think that opera is safe browser at all? it is china based nameless IP.

    1. Operator said on July 7, 2019 at 10:22 am

      No it’s not, yet again no browser is safe. All you gotta do is control which data you feed them and consider which government you’d rather give that data to.

  7. Mark Hazard said on July 6, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    For me, New Tab Page = Open a specific page or set of pages

  8. Pierre said on July 6, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Very useful info, thks !!

  9. Johnny said on July 6, 2019 at 9:01 am

    For me, New Tab Page = New Blank Page

    1. pndy said on July 6, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      I concur – about:blank all the way in every browser.

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