Opera 10 is a recommended upgrade offering new and improved features, plus security and stability enhancements.
Opera now includes the ability to update itself automatically when new releases become available. By default, Opera will notify the user about available updates. Users can specify that snapshot build releases of Opera should be downloaded by enabling “Download All Snapshots” in
opera:config. Users can also choose not to check for updates or to automatically install updates by going to Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Security and changing the “Opera update level” (select box) to the: “Automatically install updates” setting.
An integrated user interface for built-in crash reporting has been added to Opera. This feature automatically appears when Opera has suffered a crash and enables a user to easily report the event directly back to Opera.
Inline spell checker
Spelling errors are now indicated as you type via a dotted red underline in all places where you can input text: form fields, Opera Mail compose windows, Notes, Chat, etc. Only single-line text fields do not check spelling automatically. The spelling checker can be enabled/disabled from the context menu (right-click a text field to open this menu). The context menu also includes spelling suggestions, the ability to change dictionary languages, and the ability to select additional dictionaries for automatic download and installation. Opera uses the Hunspell dictionary format, and a US English dictionary is included by default.
Opera Presto 2.2 rendering engine
The Opera Presto rendering engine has been updated to version 2.2 further enhancing its reputation for stability and security. It is identified by the following User Agent ID string located at Help > About Opera > Browser identification:
Opera/9.80 (Windows NT 5.1; U; en) Presto/2.2.15 Version/10.00
This new Opera feature increases your internet bandwidth speed on slow connections using data and image compression technologies. Opera Turbo uses Opera proxy servers to compress the traffic before it reaches the Opera browser on the client computer; see this Opera reference.
Get started with Opera Turbo.
- Click the Opera Turbo icon located on the left side of the Status Bar to turn it on.
- Clicking it again will turn it off.
Configuring Opera Turbo can easily be done to suit your browsing needs.
- Click the dropdown arrow located to the right of the Opera Turbo icon in the the Status Bar.
- In the menu, select “Configure Opera Turbo” to open the Opera Turbo Settings dialog box.
- The following choices can now be made:
- Automatic (radio button): Turbo will enable only if it detects a slow network
- On (radio button): Optimize pages with Turbo so they load faster on slow networks
- Off (radio button): Load pages normally
- Notify me about network speed (checkbox): network speed indicator becomes visible within the Opera Turbo icon on the Status Bar
Pretty-printing of unstyled XML
Opera 10 incorporates “pretty-print XML”, which is now the default styling for unstyled XML and uses the unstyledxml.css style sheet in the Styles sub-directory of the Opera installation directory.
New skin elements crafted by our acclaimed Web designer Jon Hicks have been applied to the Opera 10 user interface. Among them are:
- Etch effects and border inner highlights have been applied giving extra crispness to edges.
- Text Shadow has a new parameter. This was added to reproduce the etched text effect that is standard on OS X® and many Windows® applications.
- Horizontal and vertical splitters can now be skinned.
The Opera 10 Tab Bar can be used to show all open tabs as thumbnails.
- If the Tab Bar is not open by default, open it in the Opera 10 user interface:
- In the main Opera Tool Bar, navigate to View > Toolbars > Tab Bar.
- Click the Tab Bar check box. This opens the Tab Bar in the Opera user interface.
- In the Tab Bar, middle-click or double-click the drag bar [ … ] to fully expand or collapse all open tabs into thumbnails, or
- Grab the lower border of the Tab Bar or grab the drag bar and:
- move it down to expand all open tabs into thumbnails to a size of your choice
- move it up to collapse all open thumbnails back into tabs
- Functional note: The Tab Bar select box is set to “No wrapping” by default (right-click the Tab Bar, in the context menu click “Appearance”, “Wrapping” is set to the “No Wrapping” selection). Changing this selection to “Wrap to multiple lines” turns off Visual tabs.
You can also turn off Visual tab thumbnails if you prefer the traditional Opera tab environment.
- Right-click the Tab Bar.
- In the menu, point to “Customize”.
- In the submenu uncheck the “Enable Thumbnails in Tabs” check box.
The Tab Bar can be moved from its default top position by using the new Tab Bar context menu option “Tab bar placement”. Placing the Tab Bar on the left or right side of the Opera 10 user interface increases your vertical screen real estate.
- Right-click the Tab Bar.
- In the menu, point to “Tab bar placement”.
- In the submenu select any one of the following Tab Bar positions.
- Top (radio button): default – places the Tab Bar at the top of the Opera 10 user interface
- Bottom (radio button): places the Tab Bar at the bottom of the Opera 10 user interface
- Left (radio button): places the Tab Bar at the left side of the Opera 10 user interface
- Right (radio button): places the Tab Bar at the right side of the Opera 10 user interface