I’ve always encouraged readers to have multiple browsers on their PCs to find out which one works best for them. For the most part, we’ve covered Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge because they are the most popular browsers.

But I’ve had a quite a few questions about Opera, especially since that browser is now going to have a built-in ad blocker. Opera is used by less than 2% of desktop and laptop users, but should more people give it a try?

Let’s take a look. To install, click here to head on over to the download page.


At the top of the page, you’ll see options for Windows, Mac, Linux, Opera beta and Opera Mail.


I’m going to select the Beta version. It allows you to test out the newest features first. But you may want to just pick the standard version for your operating system.  Click Download now.


You will be prompted to save the installer file.


Go to your Downloads folder and double-click on the set-up file for Opera.


Give the file permission to run.


The Opera installer wizard will open and ask your permission to proceed.


It will just take a minute or so for Opera to install.


In our next article in this series, we’ll take a tour of Opera and check out its features.

~ Cynthia