Opera browser now lets you set custom images for tiles

Jan 10, 2023
Updated • Jan 10, 2023

Opera browser's latest Dev Channel build introduces an option that allows you to set custom images for tiles. Now you can customize your speed dials however you want to.

Most browsers don't allow you to edit a tile properly, the common options to modify it usually just let you change the name of the shortcut, and the URL that it links to. Now, Opera browser has added an option to customize it. Vivaldi has had this option for a long time,  and if I remember correctly it was the first one that introduced this feature.

Opera browser custom image for tile

Opera browser now lets you set custom images for tiles

So, how do you set a custom images for a tile in Opera browser. Click on the new tab button, and you should see your tiles. Right-click on of the tiles, and select the option that is labeled "Set Custom Image". Opera displays thumbnails of recently downloaded images (that are in your downloads folder),  it also detects whether any image is in the clipboard, select it to set it as the new background image for the tile.

Opera browser now lets you set custom images for tiles

If you can't find the image in the list, click on the Show all Files button, it opens the default file picker (Windows Explorer), which you can use to navigate to the folder that contains the picture that you want to use. Once you pick the image, Opera automatically assigns it as the tile's thumbnail. You can undo the change by right-clicking on the shortcut and select the "Remove custom image" option.

Opera browser set custom image for tile

The only drawback in this feature is that Opera browser crops the image automatically, which is not exactly great, it really depends on the dimensions of the picture, so you may have to fiddle with an image editor to resize it according to your preferences.

As a fan of speed dials, specifically the Group Speed Dial extension, I think custom images for tiles is such a basic feature, and can be a very useful one to have. I prefer having a thumbnail of the web page because it looks nicer than a logo, but the latter can be helpful if you like a more compact layout.

The experiment's name in opera://flags is Speed Dial Custom Image, and is set as Enabled by default. You can disable it to remove the option from the tiles' context menu.

Download Opera browser 96.0.4660.0 for Windows, macOS and Linux from the official website.

Opera says its browser is 16% faster than before

Last week, Opera published an article at its blog, which claims that the browser is now 16% faster to render web pages and handling requests.Benchmark numbers don't really matter, the technical aspect behind the changes are the ones to care about.  These improvements were made possible with Profile Guided Optimization (PGO) and Link Time Optimization (LTO). Essentially, the browser maker ran tests to detect which parts of a program are used frequently, and optimized them accordingly.

Opera says that it has also improved the graphics components in its engine (out-of-process 2D canvas rasterization), to deliver 14% faster performance in games, animations and web apps that rely on graphics. These changes let your graphics card (GPU) handle the heavy load, while freeing up your CPU's resources for other tasks. The improvements are included in both Opera and Opera GX. That said, I don't really notice any difference in the performance of the browser, even with hardware acceleration enabled.

Opera browser now lets you set custom images for tiles
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Opera browser now lets you set custom images for tiles
You can now set a custom image as the thumbnail for your tiles in Opera browser's new tab page. Here is how the new feature works.
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  1. joel said on January 28, 2023 at 8:46 pm

    opera smooth scroll number one

  2. Ray G said on January 16, 2023 at 11:02 am

    Actually Opera isn’t owned by a Chinese corporation anymore. It’s public on NASDAQ in the US, so subject to public markets scrutiny and regualtions – and we all know global investors are much more strict than governments ;)

    I’ve been using Opera for years and I’m very happy with the innovations they build, but I also use Firefox and Brave for different things

  3. Al Biruni said on January 11, 2023 at 1:22 am

    Opera had always been an innovative browser. Even when they’ve became just another chromium based browser their innovative spirit was still there for a long time. I know it is now owned by a Chinese corporation (not that Chinese corporations are more evil than western corporations. Just a foreign company) and many devs joined joined team Vivaldi. But it seems Opera team still continues to improve their browser.

    When I last used Opera it was quite light and battery-friendly despite being a Chromium browser. But the once friendly development team was increasingly becoming “my way is the highway” and “the less independence is better/ more profitable” mentality type team, so some users including myself switched to Firefox. Don’t know if that changed now.

  4. Anonymous said on January 11, 2023 at 12:16 am

    Stopped using Opera after Chinese bought it.

  5. arbuz said on January 10, 2023 at 11:25 pm

    ‘Vivaldi has had this option for a long time” – Yes but vivaldi could not properly center the image for a long time and you had to use images of a specific size to make those thumbnails look OK. I remember well how much I struggled before I had on thumbnails what I wanted to see.

  6. John G. said on January 10, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    It’s not a bad idea by Opera browser. Thanks @Ashwin for the article! :]

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