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.