Opera 67 Released with the new Workspaces feature

Opera 67, an exciting version of the popular browser, is out of beta today. Winaero readers must be familiar with its impressive changes. Here is a summary of what Opera 67 offers to the user.

What's new in Opera 67

Workspaces Feature

Opera 67 comes with a new Workspaces feature that allows separating web sites into different groups.

The official announcement describes it as follows

As you probably know from personal experience, many of us open numerous tabs throughout a day of browsing, and end up getting lost between those related to work and those for side projects such as shopping, home renovation or which movie to watch.

We are fixing this issue with our new Workspaces feature. Accessible through the sidebar, it allows you to simply create two separate areas, letting you open tabs related to a particular concept or project in one group, called a workspace.

So, with Workspaces you separate your tabs related to work, social network browsing, and gaming, etc. The idea behind this feature is not new. The same can be achieved with individual browsing profiles, virtual desktops in Windows and Linux. Workspaces just makes it more convenient. Also, you may remember Firefox Containers which were the first implementation of this idea.

In the future, the Opera browser will allow you to create multiple workspaces and to choose icons for them.

New Tab Switcher

A new tab switcher user interface has been added, with a horizontal row of tab thumbnail previews, which resembles the classic tab switcher look of Opera 12.

The switcher appears when you press Ctrl + Tab on the keyboard. Here is how it looks in the current stable Opera 65:

Opera Old Tab Switcher

And here's the new one:

Opera New Tab Switcher

Both implementations have their pros and cons. The current one has a big thumbnail preview on the left, but lacks thumbnails in the list of tabs. The new one makes it easier to spot the tab you are looking for, since they all have thumbnails, but the previews are tiny.

Sidebar setup panel

The Sidebar settings menu has been replaced with a new panel, which can be opened from the three-dot icon at the bottom of the sidebar. It will allow the user to edit or remove all of the sidebar elements individually. Starting from the top, you can customize workspaces by adding, removing, showing or hiding them. Also, all of the Messengers are now listed.

Opera 67 New Sidebar

In the Special Features group of the new panel, you’ll find features like My Flow, Instant Search, and Crypto Wallet. Opera Tools is the last category, with browser management areas like History, Downloads, and Extensions. History and Bookmarks can now be opened from either the sidebar panel or the full-page menu.

Highlight duplicate tabs on hover

Here's yet another interesting change in Opera 67. When hovering a tab, inactive tabs in the same window and workspace which has the same address is displayed will be highlighted with a color.

Opera 67 Similar Tab Highlight

This allows you to remove redundancy.

Improved login process for Opera Synchronization

Today's release comes with an improvement for signing up and logging into Opera Synchronization. You can now log into your browser from a new site in a separate tab rather than the previously-used popup. this should make it simpler for new users to join the service or to retrieve a backup when starting Opera on a new machine.

Improved security with DNS over HTTPS

Opera now allows you to enable the DoH feature and to choose your DoH server of choice from a preselected list, or to customize it to any DoH server by using the browser’s settings.

Improved Video pop-out (picture in picture)

This feature now allows even further control over the video with an added video timer, a back-to-tab button, as well as a next-track button.

Download Links

Source: Opera

2 thoughts on “Opera 67 Released with the new Workspaces feature

  1. Bob

    DNS-over-HTTPS is nice. Some of the others are just bloat or unnecessary features. Especially when Opera has so many bugs and issues for them to keep introducing new features. Also the whole Sidebar UI is shit and confusing.

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    1. Bruno

      @ Bob

      I forgot all about that dumb side bar. It can simply be removed.

      After some tweaking, I got Opera working great for me. Yet I moved on to the new Edge. I like it best so far.

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