By Anna RohlederAnnaMetro. Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:22:35 PM
If you're using Opera on a computer, you can take advantage of the Forms Manager as a shortcut for some of the most common tasks you do on the web.
Whether it's shopping, booking travel or just registering for the first time as a user on a website, filling in your name and address doesn't have to be a repetitive task. Do it once in the Forms Manager and it will be a breeze forever after. Here's what you do:
From the main Opera menu, go to Settings -> Preferences, and then click on the Forms tab. This will bring up the Forms Manager window.
Enter your personal information in the window here and click OK.
Now the next time you need to fill in personal information on a web page, all you have to do is right-click into the field. Then you just select Insert Personal to choose what information you want to fill in.
By the way, you can also use this function for times when you aren't using forms, but still need to fill in personal information, whether it's an email, chat, or any other type of communication.
By Anna RohlederAnnaMetro. Monday, October 1, 2012 12:15:34 PM
Whether you just got a new BlackBerry or you've been using one for a while, it's always good to review the basics. Here's our quick guide to getting started with Opera in BB:
Spin that wheel!
- Roll the trackwheel to select links or put the cursor in a text field.
- Use Alt+trackwheel to use Page up and Page down functionality.
- You can also use the trackwheel menu to make selections in the Opera Mini browser menu.
Take the keys!
- You can press the Enter key to activate links and without using the trackwheel menu.
- Press the Esc key to cancel and action or close a menu.
- Use the t and b keys to go to the top of bottom of the screen quickly.
- To use Speed Dial, press Alt then *, followed by a bookmark number. (You don't need to press Alt before pressing the number keys.)
- To use keyboard shortcuts, press Alt, then the # key, then the desired number key. The shortcuts are as follows:
#,1 -New page.
#,2 -View bookmarks.
#,3- Jump to start of main content, or beginning and end of page.
#,4- Go to home page.
#,5 - History.
#,6 - Page information.
#,7 - Save bookmark.
#,8 - Edit settings.
#, # - Navigate forward.
*, * - Toggle display of toolbars (if available).
The latest version of Opera for BlackBerry devices is Opera Mini 7, which includes an unlimited number of Speed Dials and the friendly features of the Smart Page.
Are you using Opera Mini on your BB? If you've got any smart tips, tricks or keyboard shortcuts to share, let us know in the comments!
By Anna RohlederAnnaMetro. Monday, August 13, 2012 9:24:01 AM
Did you know you can use Opera Mini to upload, download and edit photos on the iPhone?
There are a couple of reasons why this is useful:
- You'll save on data by using Opera Mini instead of opening an app. (You can make even more of this feature if you use online photo resizing services, for example.)
- On iOS, you can only download or upload files to the web that come from your camera roll. So if you want to do something with an image, it needs to be saved in your photos first.
How does it work?
If you're in a web page that allows you to upload a file, you can choose one from your camera roll using the dialog box in the browser. (Make sure you're using Opera Mini - this doesn't work in Safari at present.) Then carry on processing the image from there.
You can also reverse the process, by the way - if you're on a page with an image you'd like to save to your camera roll, touch your finger to the screen until the context menu comes up. From there you can just select Save image, and when the download is complete, you'll find the image with the rest of your photos.
Let us know if you have any other tips on using Opera Mini with iOS!
By Aleksander AasAleksander. Monday, August 6, 2012 8:42:16 AM
Did you know that Opera has some of the most advanced tab features out there? From private tabs to tab stacking, tabs help you do more of what you want, the way you want to do it, on the web.
Sometimes we take for granted just how much you can do with tabs in Opera, which is why we were glad to see this super-helpful tutorial on tabs put together by the kind people at HowToGeek !
Learn how to pin your most-used sites such as Choose Opera, Opera Mail and Facebook. Then with the sessions management tool you can group the tabs that contain your work, school and personal stuff, and keep it separate from everything else. If you are one of those tab power users who love to keep hundreds of tabs open at a time, you probably already know how to use grouped tabs.
For the rest of us, there's always more to learn. From basic shortcuts like Shift+Ctrl+left-click to open a background tab (i.e., staying in the tab you're already in, while opening a new one at the end of the row) to using some of our most popular extensions to manage tabs on a computer,
you can get a lot more out of Opera when you know more about tabs.
Check out HowToGeek's guide and let us know about your favorite Opera tab features!
By Anna RohlederAnnaMetro. Tuesday, July 10, 2012 10:04:35 AM
Searching in Opera is based on the way most of us browse the web already. You start in one place, and a couple of clicks later, you're in a whole new world!
But you can find more of what you're looking for by using the following search methods:
Look up words in a page
While reading, you might come across an unfamiliar word or phrase in the text of a webpage. To find out more about it, highlight and then right-click the word or phrase. From here you can either look the term up in a dictionary or encyclopedia, translate it into another language, or select a search engine from the drop-down list under "Search with" and continue your research from there.
Customize your searches
If you didn't find the search site(s) you use the most in that list of default search sources in the step above, you can add your own.
Set your default search engines
From the Opera menu, go to Settings -> Preferences and click on the Search tab. From here, you can add new search engines, or edit or delete the default options.
Create a personal search method
- Say you are looking for images on blogging or photo-sharing sites like Tumblr or Flickr. Go to the website you want to search from.
- In that website's search field, right-click and select "Create Search...".
- In the address field of the window that comes up, replace everything after the end of that website's URL with "%s" (the percentage s means "search" in Opera).
- Add a keyword, like tm for Tumblr, or fl for Flickr and click OK.
- Now try out a search using the keywords you set up. For example, type tm swimming pool or fl Egypt in the search field.