How to run new Opera versions in private mode from the command line or a shortcut

Private browsing mode is a feature of the Opera browser designed to not record the history of your web surfing. When you open a new private window, Opera does not keep cookies, temporary internet files, history, and other data related to your browsing activities. When the Private browsing session window is closed, this data is cleared. Private Browsing mode can be started with Ctrl + Shift + N keys, however, you might want to run Opera directly in private mode with a shortcut. Let's see how it can be done.

Enable delayed loading of previous session tabs on startup in Opera

Opera 23 features delayed loading of previous session tabs on startup. This new option is a really great improvement in the browser as it improves performance: Opera will start much faster and consume less CPU resources on startup. However, by default this feature only works in tandem with Opera Turbo (Off-road mode). If you want to try the lazy loading feature of tabs in Opera 23, but don't need Off-road mode, here is a trick for you which enables delayed loading of previous session tabs regardless of the Off-road mode state.

How to reset Opera browser settings to their defaults

After we published how to reset Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox settings, our reader Phil asked how to reset the Opera browser. Although new versions of Opera are based on Chromium and mostly similar to Google Chrome, its developers have made several changes to Opera's core settings so the process isn't exactly the same. Compared to Chrome, Opera has a very simplified options UI. It almost seems as if Opera want to alienate their power users and loyal fans which loved the once feature-rich browser that it used to be. But let's stay on topic. The Opera browser does not come with any built-in Reset feature, so you need to reset it manually as described below.

How to download the full offline installer for Opera web browser

Today, Opera Software has introduced a major change to the redistribution model of the Opera browser. Like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, the stable release channel of Opera will get a web-based installer in the near future. Opera Dev branch has already got it so anyone who is interested in staying on the bleeding edge of browser development will be able to play with the installer stub.

How to get an older version of the Opera browser

Opera, which was my favorite browser since 2003, has recently switched to the new rendering engine, Blink. Blink is a fork of Apple's popular WebKit engine; there are a number of browsers which use it as well. Opera claimed that they will work with Google to improve and extend Blink, and even since they went in that direction, Opera looks and acts more and more like Google Chrome. Personally for me, the user experience does not have anything in common with the classic Opera browser any more.

If you miss the classic Opera browser, there's good news for you: you can easily get almost any previous version of the classic Opera installer for free.