Opera browser: change search engine, start page, and more

We’ve been looking at the great, free Opera browser all week long. We wrap things up this week by looking at how to select a start page, change your search engine, and more.

If you’ve missed our earlier articles, you can check them all out by clicking below:

Let’s start by opening Opera and opening Settings by clicking the Settings gear on the sidebar.


Or click the three-line menu icon at the top right.


Scroll down to the very bottom of the menu that opens and choose Browser settings.


Scroll down to Synchronization.  If you’d like to create an Opera account, click on Sign in.


Just fill out a username and password. This way you’ll be able to sync your bookmarks and browsing history between devices.  You don’t need to start an account to use the browser.


To import bookmarks and settings from other browsers, click the arrow next to Import bookmarks and settings.


Choose the browser and what you wish to import. Then click Import.


Up next, you can select the search engine for Opera. By default, the browser uses Google.


Click the drop-down arrow next to Set which search engine is used when searching from the combined search and address bar to select the search engine that will be used when you type in the address bar.


Click the arrow next to Manage search engines.


Select a new default search engine from the list. Or click on add.


You can then add a new search engine by putting in the URL.


To make Opera the default browser, just click on the Make default button.


Next, you can choose what happens when you open Opera. You can choose to start with a fresh Start page or to open with pages that were open the last time you used the browser.


This is the default start page, but you can pick any page you please by ticking the box next to Open a specific page or set of pages.


Choose to add a new page or select the currently open pages as your start pages.


By default, Opera will ask your permission before opening when you click on a link. Click on Manage exceptions and you can allow trusted pages to open automatically. You can also block specific sites.


We’ve finished our exploration of basic settings. Next week, it’s time to get advanced.







2 thoughts on “Opera browser: change search engine, start page, and more

  1. You asked about browsers: I have been running Opera and Firefox, about half and half, for at least a couple years. My geek who helped me with out-of-box set up for my current computer recommended Opera for my 2nd browser. (As you know, everyone needs at least 2 browsers, in case one of them cr*ps out.) I like both of them. Both are clean and fast, with a lot of good features. One of the things I like about both of them is their distance from the “Biggies.” They aren’t trying to search everything I do for ad targeting. Obviously, the sites I visit are, but those aren’t coming from the browser. I guess I still have IE, for now, because it’s buried somewhere in Edge. I haven’t used it for years. Rarely, I use Edge. I do not have Chrome. I try to stay away from Google, although of course it’s impossible.

  2. Hi Patricia.
    Good choice … I to use Opera & Firefox as my browsers but the other way round, Opera being my first Browser Firefox my Second Choice. I just LOVE the Speed dial option on Opera, and am forever adding sites to it. I have been using Opera as my main Browser for almost 10 years now. and yes I am the person who kept asking for Opera to be reviewed.

    The Review taught me a few things I did not know about Opera so well done CYN 🙂

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