“Opera could so this like forever” time!
Speed Dial is nifty Opera feature that places search bar and big 3×3 grid on blank page. Some argued that purpose of blank page to be blank, but really its purpose is to be starting point for opening some site. And since it’s likely to be often-visited site why not make it easy to jump there?
There are plenty (more than I know probably) ways to populate your Speed Dial, try clicking blocks or dragging links on them from your bookmarks.
For each site there is thumbnail generated. These are not dynamic but can be refreshed with pressing Ctrl+R or right-clicking and choosing Refresh or Refresh every . Not really RSS but also easy way to see what was updated with quick glance.
Number of blocks
I don’t think this tweak was even officially released but is widely known and used:
- Locate Opera profile folder (Help > About Opera if you need hint for that).
- Locate speeddial.ini file.
- Close Opera and add following to the file:
[Size] Rows=3 Columns=3
Change numbers to those you need.
Disabling search bar
Search bar in Speed Dial is not really useful and eats screen space. On the positive side it makes Opera developers some money so they can keep developing. If you want to disable it:
- Go to opera:config#UserPrefs|SpeedDialSearchType
- Replace scary-looking line of text with 0 (zero).
- Press Save in the bottom of settings page.
Launching with hotkeys
Ctrl+1 to Ctrl+9 will open Speed Dials of same number. I advise to set most visited site to 5, that way it’s in the center of the screen and Ctrl+T (open new tab), Ctrl+5 works really fast because buttons are close.