Hacking The Opera Menu Tab
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 12:01:03 AM
The Menu tab, introduced in version 10 I think, is another easy little hack to tweak your Opera Browser. It can be stripped back to display the Opera O logo only, thus removing the word, 'Menu', or can display your own text.
Go to OPERA\locale and open the .lng file that represents your language, in a plain text editor. Change the line 606160820="Menu" to 606160820="" and re save the file. The change will appear the next time you start Opera.
In my case using Opera v11.01 build 1190 with the Opera Fan Club Skin v.11001 on Win7/x64, the full path is, C:/OPERA/locale/en-GB/en-GB.lng (Version: Created on 2011-01-26 10:04). And I use the excellent Notepad2. The change I make is on line 155. Once 606160820="Menu" is changed to 606160820="", I restart Opera to enjoy the new skinny Menu tab.
Of course, there's nothing to prevent you putting your own text in there to really customise things if space isn't a concern. See example images below.
Important Reminder. The .lng file is a core Opera configuration file and shall be written over to reflect any changes made with updates, so you will have to re-apply this tweak when you update Opera.
Updated: Alternative Method
Thank you Saskatchewan for letting me know the text can be removed via Menu > Appearance > Toolbars, click the Menu button and then select Style: Images only. I'd actually suggest this as the preferred method, if you don't want your own custom text, because this will add the change to your operaprefs.ini file, therefore should remain intact when you next upgrade.
What Opera users really need is an option to easily back up and restore all settings, including tweaks. The formatting of files has changed a lot in recent times, so it's no longer a straight forward exercise of copying your old saved files to a new Opera build. There are some good options out there, but none as comprehensive as required. Third party programs are always going to be reactive too. What's required is a built-in system from Opera themselves.