Excellent. Didn't take too long to copy over my settings from the beta version I was using before. (Normally I install over the existing version if it's still a beta.)
I find the interface and general browsing can be improved vastly by the following tweaks I like to make:
1. Remove New Tab button and add custom button to replace it on the address bar. This opens up my home page, rather than just a blank page. Also set home page to a local file of links I use.
2. Add Home Page button to address bar. Absolutely essential. It remains a mystery why Opera is the only browser without this. Luckily it can be added easily by right-clicking on a toolbar and selecting Customise...
3. Replace rewind, back and forward buttons with ones that have a drop-down arrow next to them. Also remove fast-forward button.
4. Disable Start menu that drops down from the address bar.
5. Add custom button to View menu to Refresh from cache only. Essential for testing as you can keep editing a page without reloading it from the server.
6. Add custom buttons to duplicate the existing menu at top. (File, Edit, View etc.) These can then be placed anywhere you wish. I have them at the right edge of the address bar, before the Wand icon and the rewind, back, icons etc. This makes navigating a lot easier as you aren't reaching to the corner to go back and forward all the time. (IE7 designers take note.) Of course I could always use mouse gestures...
7. Add Menu toggle button to View menu. Now I can turn off the main menu altogether (as I've duplicated it below) and save a whole row of space.
8. Turn on Status toolbar at bottom. Now I can hover over links and see where they go.
9. Make sure Progress pops up at bottom, to show more information, and not appear in the address bar.
10. Add 'Find in page', Google search and Zoom to the status bar at the bottom for easy access. Copy 'Find next' green arrow to status bar from View menu. Also duplicate Home and Back buttons in the left corner for 'Boss' mode. :)
11. Change side panel to have icons wrapped across the top, like Opera did in the past. Also remove panel toggle for more screen space.
12. Change the skin to the Windows default.
There are many other tweaks I make, such as increasing the minimum font size to a more readable 11pt, importing notes and special text from previous versions, and adding custom CSS for certain sites.
I adore the way Opera is so tweakable. I can put icons anywhere I want, add or remove toolbars, even add a wide range of custom buttons. For anyone wanting those, bookmark this essential site:
When it comes to customisation, Opera simply leaves other browsers in the dust.