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Opera New Page/Window Query
make "new window" into "new page"?

 7:55 am on Jul 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

I've been using Opera for a while now and really like many of its unique features. But one thing is bugging me. When a web site opens a new window (for example using the icon on the recent posts list on this web site) can I instead have it open as a new page (i.e., new tab of the current window)? Right now I usually just right-click on the link and select "new page" manually - but I figure somewhere there is a setting to make it automatic :)



 11:41 am on Jul 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

shift + left-click will open a new window in the foreground, crtl + shift + left-click will open an new window in the background.

Ctrl + B will open the help window for keyboard shortcuts: there are a quite a few!


 12:36 pm on Jul 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Also uncheck Prefs->Windows-> Heading: "browser windows"->Reuse Existing Windows.

Lastly, give MDI mode a shot (Check- Prefs->Windows-> Heading: "All Windows"->Open Windows Inside of Opera Workspace). I know most of the old pro Opera users tend to prefer MDI mode to stand alone SDI because it doesn't clutter up your task bar (umm, right now, I have 22 pages open and the task bar is neat and tidy with one button for opera).


 12:58 pm on Jul 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

MDI is the way to go... Try it, you will love it. I've used both SDI and MDI and find that the latter, without a doubt, provides the best working environment.


 3:41 pm on Jul 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

MDI is definitely the best way to go. New Mozilla implemented this about just few months ago (but it isn't so good there anyway) while Opera has it for years. Experience the advantage of speed switching between opened windows and you won't be able to live without it anymore!

1. Right-click + mouse wheel scroll :: get a panel with opened windows

2. Switch between windows using several options:
2.1. Ctrl+Tab
2.2. [1] key (focus should be out of any form field)
2.3. [2] key for reverse order

3. Shift + click on any window tab on "Window bar" :: close window

4. Double click on "Window bar" free space :: open blank window

5. Rigth-click on any any window tab > Page :: see document properties without activating that window

I have probably forgotten something else, but I think that this list is quite enough to show the power and flexibitily of Opera. And this is only about windows management, without mentioning tons of other things...
No other browser can provide such (or even close to these) abilities to the user.
It's Opera. Period.


 3:43 pm on Jul 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Good tips. Moz has "tabs" as far as I know (just like Opera in SDI mode).


 7:54 pm on Jul 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ok, let me try to clarify the question. I'm using SDI (tried MDI - hated it :-). When a document creates a new window, Opera opens a new window. What I'd really like it to do is to instead open a new page (i.e., a new tab in the current window). I know I can do it with a right-click and then a menu selection and using all sorts of odd keyboard things - but I'd really just like to be able to tell Opera to never open a new window (unless I specifically specify it) - keep it in the one window and open a new tab.

(FYI, the main reason I don't like MDI is have to open/close windows trying to find the one you want. I want a quick easy tab to take me there!)


 8:11 pm on Jul 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Actually, in MDI mode, all your "tabs" are right there at the bottom of the main Opera window... or did I say top? Maybe I meant right.. or was it left? No matter! You can have your open window/tabs anywhere you like - very cool! And yes, just as with normal "tabs" you can see the name of the open windows. Click on which ever you wish to switch to, or use starway's mentioned technique (very cool!) and hold down the right mouse button while you "wheel" through the available windows.


 8:38 pm on Jul 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ya, you have to turn on the "page bar" in MDI mode.



 8:48 pm on Jul 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

And, as you can see in Brett's example, there are cascade and tile buttons available on the "full" menu bar. I tend to have a lot of open windows at any given time, far more than SDI styled tabs could display, unless I had the SDI browser/window maximized. I have much less clutter, even with a lot of open windows, when Opera is in MDI mode.

Ever see thirty browser windows in cascade? Looks like a file cabinet for the obsessed! Or do I mean possessed? ;) Got luv it! Raw power... the way I llike it!

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