A few days ago, the team behind the popular Opera browser has released a new version of the app. Opera 65 includes a number of improvements made to the built-in tracker blocker feature, address bar, and more.
In Opera 65, the tracker blocker feature available in the browser since version 64, can be switched on in the Easy setup menu or in the browser’s settings. Once you’ve switched it on, a shield icon appears in the address bar where you can easily see the number of trackers being blocked, as well as a list of said trackers. The feature can be toggled on and off for individual sites.
The tracker blocker relies on the EasyPrivacy Tracking Protection List. Similar to Opera’s native ad blocker, it has a list of known tracker scripts and blocks them. According to Opera's internal research, the tracker blocker can speed up page loading by roughly 20 percent, and also increases your level of privacy.
A redesigned address bar
Opera 65 comes with a new, improved version of the address bar which is a part of the browser's exclusive 'Reborn 3' user interface.
When using the address bar, the webpage that is currently being used is dimmed, providing visual clarity while searching. The drop-down pane has also received website titles above the other content, such as hyperlinks, providing a cleaner overview of browsing-history suggestions, bookmarks and Speed Dial elements. Websites also now appear with their website logo, making them more distinguishable, and you can quickly access any previously visited website by typing in a keyword. All of these changes allow for easier access to content as well as a faster browsing experience.
Bookmarks in the sidebar panel
You can now access your bookmarks with one click from the sidebar. Just click on the heart icon in the sidebar to open the bookmarks panel. It also allows you to edit or delete bookmarks and folders. The panel layout is a bit simpler than that of the Bookmarks Manager. If you’d like to have more options, you can select Show full Bookmarks view.
The full change log is available HERE.
- Opera Stable for Windows
- Opera Stable for macOS
- Opera Stable for Linux – deb packages
- Opera Stable for Linux – RPM packages