Opera Tip: Block ads with Opera
By Joseph D. Lienjdlien. Thursday, March 25, 2010 1:13:17 PM
Opera gives you the flexibility to control what content you are seeing, and can block annoying ads, so you see the content you want to see. Here's how.
Have you ever tried to read an article, or a website, only to be annoyed by gaudy, moving ads, or annoying flashing images? Worse yet, some sites serve ads that are indecent in nature, and can be offensive to some. Fortunately, Opera allows you to control what you are served by selectively blocking content. It's easy:
Block Ads and Content
When you encounter an ad banner that you'd rather not see, you can do the following:
- Right click an empty spot on the web page.
- Click "Block Content" on the context menu that appears.
- Click on the images that you want to block or if you want to block only specific images, and not all content from a domain, you can Shift+Click the images you want to block. (This is handy if you end up blocking some content that you actually do want).
- Click Done.
That's it! Now the offending content won't appear in Opera while you read the Web page.
If you want to be a bit more proactive about the content you block, you can also click on "Block Content" and then click the "Details" button in the top right of the page. This allows you to customize what URLs are getting blocked.
For instance, adding the following list of URLs will block a vast majority of ads out there:
There are various other lists of ad URLs available that can be found with a bit of searching if you want to be more comprehensive in your filtering efforts.
Note that you can also remove the blocked URLs from this "Blocked Content" dialog to unblock content so that you can this content again, by selecting the URL and clicking "Delete".
This functionality is built-in to all recent versions of Opera, requiring no installation of add-ons, and should save your sanity and make browsing the Web all that much more enjoyable. Yet another reason to choose Opera!