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-Speed Dial groups your top-visited sites directly on a custom start page.
Stash feature captures a page you want to revisit later or compare with
others, and saves it into a simple, sophisticated list that's
searchable by resizable screenshot or keyword.
-The Discover feature gives you top-quality news and entertainment from around the globe.
-Off-Road mode compresses pages for faster, all-conditions browsing especially on slower network connections.
-Themes and extensions let you customize the Opera browser by changing its look and adding new functionalities.
combined search and address bar lets you get search results from
multiple search engines at the same time, or add your own custom engines
for fast access to the information you want.
Customize your browser
You can add, remove or reposition buttons and toolbars or change the entire layout of the browser. It is easy to do or undo.
Access bookmarks instantly
The convenient bookmarks bar keeps commonly visited sites and bookmark folders in front of you at all times, allowing instant access. You can enable this toolbar by selecting Opera menu -> Toolbars -> Bookmarks Bar.
Choose your look and layout
Opera's vibrant user community has created many beautiful skins and setups for you to try, so you can have a customized look for your browser.
Create your own shortcuts
Opera offers many ways to perform browser actions, and you can also customize your own keyboard shortcuts, mouse gestures and more.
Look inside tabs
When you hover the mouse pointer over a tab, a preview shows you the content of that page. When you stack tabs, hovering over a stack also shows a preview of the tabs within, and you may select the tab you want to use.
Re-open tabs you closed
With Closed Tabs, you can open tabs that you accidentally closed or website pop-ups that Opera blocked.
Protect a tab from closing
By right-clicking a tab, you can pin it to prevent it from being closed by accident. Pinned tabs take up minimal space and are automatically moved to the left of other tabs to make them easy to find.
Get a better view of tabs
Visual tabs show a small thumbnail for each website, in addition to the page title and icon. You can drag the tab bar to the desired height to adjust the thumbnail size accordingly.
Save sets of tabs
You can save your open tabs as a "session" and load it later on to open these same pages. You can have multiple sessions and load each one based on what you are doing at a certain time.
Stay in control of downloads
Download files more quickly. As soon as you click a file
New Features and Important Notes
Opera now runs plug-ins as a separate process, allowing for more control when a plug-in misbehaves. This feature will enhance security and stability.
64-Bit Mac and Windows Versions
The 64-bit version of Opera will offer performance improvements for some functions and allow Opera more freedom in allocating memory.
New, lightweight themes make it easier to customize the browser. Install or change themes at the click of a button, without restarting the browser.
The themes gallery can be viewed here, and for more information on how to design themes please see our article describing the new theme system.
Address Field Enhancements
Numerous improvements to the address bar have been made:
Improved address field and address bar drop-down suggestions
Smart URL shortening in the address field drop-down
The page title and the page excerpt will be used for full page search results
URL and page content columns in the address field drop-down have been combined
Experimental Full Hardware Acceleration
Hardware acceleration allows Opera to offload graphics rendering from the processor (CPU) to the graphics card (GPU), making graphics intensive operations such as animations faster.
This feature is disabled by default. To enable it you may set EnableHardwareAcceleration to 1. WebGL (which takes advantage of Hardware Acceleration) can be enabled by setting EnableWebGL to 1.
Right-to-Left (RTL) Script Support Added, Language Support Expanded
RTL support will bring additional stability for certain languages. Persian, Urdu, Hebrew, and Arabic languages added.
Window and Tabs API
Extensions will now be able to interact with tabs, create tab groups, and manage windows.
Opera Unite, Opera Widgets, and Opera Voice Discontinuation
Opera Unite and Opera Widgets will be off by default in Opera 12.00, and will eventually be phased out of the Opera browser in the future. Voice support will be removed as of Opera 12.00, as the voice-detection library is no longer supported by the third-party vendor.
Developers are encouraged to move their solutions to the extensions platform, for information on converting a Widget to an extension, please see this article.
Web Specifications Support
Opera 12.00 will include changes in the Opera Presto 2.10 engine up to core-integration-point 289.
Initial support for real-time communication has been added. Allowing the source of HTML5
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