Opera's Start Page loading slowly? Do this to speed it up!

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 21, 2019

Like most web browsers, the Opera web browser comes with a default New Tab Page / Start Page that displays a number of elements to users when opened. Opera users find a search bar on the page as well as links to certain websites and services.

Opera browser users may enable or disable elements on the page; they may add news to the page or hide the bookmarks bar that is displayed. The linked websites may also be replaced with other properties.

There may be a visual delay before the page opens in Opera regardless of the method that you use to open it. A tap on Ctrl-T opens a new tab in the browser but it is also possible to click on the plus icon in the browser's tab bar to do the same.

Opera Software has been working on an improvement that speeds up the loading of the page in the web browser. Recent versions of Opera, including the latest Stable versions, support it already.

The feature, called Shared Start Page, is not enabled by default in the browser at the time of writing. Opera users may enable it in the browser to speed up the loading. The feature is available for all desktop versions of the Opera web browser.

Improves loading time of a new start page by sharing single webcontents. – Mac, Windows, Linux

Note: experimental flags may be removed at any time or integrated natively in the browser.

opera speed up start page

Here is what you need to do to enable the Shared Start Page feature in the Opera web browser:

  1. Load opera://flags in the browser's address bar. The page that opens lists all available experiments.
  2. Search for Shared Start Page using the search form at the top.
  3. Set the status of the Shared Start Page experiment to enabled.
  4. Restart the Opera web browser.

When you open a New Tab Page in Opera after the operation you may notice that the page opens much quicker than before. I tested this on Opera Stable running on a Surface Go device and the loading improvement was noticeable. It seems likely that Opera Software will integrate the improvement natively in the browser at one point in time; for now, it is necessary to enable the flag to benefit from it.

Now You: how is the Start Page / New Tab page opening performance of your favorite browser? (via Ask VG)

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  1. Joseph Musonda said on November 23, 2020 at 8:41 am

    The old original apps work well. But once updated my God.
    And why keep asking for update barely a week after an update?

  2. Tm. said on June 18, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    work for me, THANKS!

    1. Joseph Musonda said on November 23, 2020 at 8:38 am

      Too slow especially after I updated.

  3. Carlos said on March 9, 2020 at 5:17 am

    Thank you for the post, I recommend to use RamDisk (any way) and any suggestion we will appreciate.

  4. Kosa said on November 23, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Install Vivaldi. True successor of Opera 12. Best browser available.

    1. bennyhill said on November 28, 2019 at 9:35 am


      Each year I try Vivaldi, but I keep coming back to Opera.

      So much for your snobby, dictatorial hype.

  5. JohnIL said on November 23, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I remember back in the IE days when Microsoft pushed MSN as their default home page. It was terrible for dial up users who had to load such a bloated portal right from the start. I always changed it to Blank page for default. Even today I find a lot of users don’t seem to know how to customize their browser to what they want?

  6. wangchunk said on November 21, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    No issues here. My Start Page has always loaded fast. BTW, I don’t have anything in it – I disabled all that stuff in the settings and thus have a blank page.

  7. Eli Vance said on November 21, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Vivaldi never had this problem, while Opera was plagued by that from day-1 so I prefer Vivaldi for that and many other reasons.

  8. Dont@Me said on November 21, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    it was already enabled for me in developer edition. so i didnt notice any slowdowns.

    btw changing “Choose ANGLE graphics backend” flag to D3D9 gave me a pretty nice boost in https://testdrive-archive.azurewebsites.net/Performance/Chalkboard/

    from 8.2 seconds to 5.5
    i dont know what are the disadvantages of this. it seems work well and faster. if youre using old hardware like me you can give it a try and see for yourself. (check opera://gpu page afterwards to make sure it didnt disable gpu acceleration)

    1. Dont@Me said on November 21, 2019 at 2:46 pm

      nvm found the culprit. it was GPU rasterization. if your CPU is faster than your GPU you can try this. (no need to switch d3d9 / adding –disable-gpu-rasterization is also works) (it doesnt disable gpu acceleration for other things like videos etc so i think its a good thing to disable in my case gonna test it for awhile)

  9. chesscanoe said on November 21, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Opera 65.0.3467.48 under Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.18363.476] loads almost instantaneously for me without using the referenced experimental flag. However my default browser remains Chrome 79.0.3945.45 (Official Build) beta (64-bit) on my home laptop.

  10. Anonymous said on November 21, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Nice article!

  11. Allwynd said on November 21, 2019 at 8:06 am

    I just performed an update and the start page loads pretty instantaneously for me.

  12. Lindsay said on November 21, 2019 at 7:41 am

    “Install something else”

    1. ShintoPlasm said on November 21, 2019 at 9:10 am

      Har har har har.

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