Opera browser basics

A fast and super-private browser with its own built-in VPN and other cool features? Sounds good, right? Opera browser offers all of this but it’s still only used by less than 2% of people. Last week we learned how to download and install this great, free program. (You can click here to learn how to do that.)

Today, we’ll take a tour of Opera. The Start page is known as Speed Dial in Opera.


The default search for your Speed dial page is Google. You’ll also see some promoted websites and suggestions for websites.


To the left, you’ll see a sidebar.

If you’ve chosen to link your messaging accounts, you’ll see new messages here. This is convenient because you don’t have to leave a tab with Facebook open to receive messages.

The next icon is for My Player.

This allows you to access your music streaming accounts in one handy spot.

The next icon is for My Flow. My Flow allows you to securely send items between your phone and desktop browser.


You’ll also find shortcuts to Speed Dial (the Start page), Bookmarks, History, and Settings.

At the top left, you’ll see arrows for going forward and back plus a refresh icon. The square of squares icon brings up Speed Dial.


You can either type a keyword or a web address in the search bar to navigate.


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