To begin, you will need to set up a new account or import account settings from another application. Go to Tools > Mail and chat accounts. If you have not yet created any accounts, you will be prompted to create an account now. If you have already created an account, click the Add button. Select which kind of account you would like to create.

Ask your ISP for the specific server names or IP addresses to enter into the incoming and outgoing mail servers. If your ISP uses a non-standard server port (default ports are 143 for IMAP, 110 for POP, and 119 for NNTP), you can enter it after the server name in the form "servername:port", i.e. "".

The "Leave messages on server" setting is enabled by default for POP users. This setting tells Opera Mail to leave all received e-mail on the mail server, so it's accessible from other computers. Most POP users will want this setting disabled if they'll only be accessing their e-mail via Opera Mail.

Once you have created an e-mail or newsgroup account, the Mail menu and Mail panel should appear. You can use these to access your accounts.


TLS and SSL (the precursor to TLS) enable encrypted communications between a mail client and server. Encrypted communications allow your password and other sensitive data to be sent across the Internet without others being able to spy on it. Opera Mail supports both TLS and SSL. The server must support e-mail encryption for you to use this feature.

If you want to use TLS encryption, enable the "Secure connection" setting. If you want to use SSL encryption, enable the "Secure connection" setting and add the necessary port (port 993 for secure IMAP and port 995 for secure POP) in the "Incoming server" input as described above. These settings can also be adjusted on the "Servers" tab in account settings once your account has been created.


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Posted by Jenny on Friday, March 28, 2008

Zoom and Other Display Modes

There are several options to increase readability of Web pages in opera.


If a Web site has really small fonts, and you want to make them bigger, zoom in or out by pressing the + and -, or 0 and 9 buttons. Open Tools > Preferences > Web pages to set the default page zoom for new pages.

Full-screen mode

If your screen is small, or you want to display a website with the minimum of clutter, type F11 to maximize the browser window. Now the toolbars are hidden, and the document window occupies all the available space. Press F11 again to return to normal viewing mode.

Fit-to-width mode

If a Web page forces you to scroll left-right to read all of its content, you can eliminate the need for scrolling by pressing Ctrl-F11. Pressing Ctrl-F11 one more time returns you to normal mode.


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Posted by Jenny on Sunday, March 23, 2008

Importing bookmarks from other programmes

To import bookmarks to Opera from other programs, go to File > Import and export and choose the program you want to import your bookmarks from. Now browse your way to the folder in which your bookmarks are located, and confirm to import.


You might want to create or set an active folder in your Panel (F4) which your bookmarks will be imported to.

In addition to importing bookmarks, it is possible to merge the bookmarks you already have by using an external bookmark manager.

A highly recommended bookmark managing program is "Powermarks" from Kaylon Technologies. Powermarks recognizes Opera, as well as Netscape Navigator's bookmarks and Internet Explorer's Favorites.

Exporting bookmarks

Some browsers, such as Firefox, can detect the presence of Opera on your computer. Therefore, it is often easier to just use the browser's bookmark import mechanism and import the bookmarks directly.

If you need to use your Opera bookmarks on a browser on another computer, you may want to export the bookmarks to an HTML file. Many browsers can understand bookmarks in this format, even if they don't understand Opera's internal bookmark format.

To export bookmarks from Opera, follow these steps:

1. Go to File > Import and export > Export bookmarks as HTML

2. Choose the file name, and click Save

3. Import the bookmark file according to the instructions of your other browser. On Internet Explorer, you find this under File > Export and import. In Firefox, go to Bookmarks > Organize bookmarks, and from the Bookmarks Manager choose File > Import.

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Posted by Jenny on Wednesday, March 12, 2008
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Managing bookmarks in the Bookmarks window

In addition to the Bookmarks panel, you can also arrange your bookmarks in the Bookmarks window.

To open the Bookmarks window, go to Bookmarks > Manage bookmarks.

The Bookmarks window works in much the same way as the Bookmarks panel, except that the former has a few additional choices, such as the File menu. From the File menu, you can import and export, and save the parts of the bookmarks list that you select.

By choosing File > Open you can also choose another file to use as your main bookmark file.

Managing Bookmarks in the Panel

To sort and edit your bookmarks, press F4 to toggle the Panel and select the "Bookmarks" button at the top. The bookmark panel shows the bookmark in the order that they appear in the Bookmarks menu. You can sort the bookmarks by clicking the View button.

The first option is for choosing how you want your Bookmarks window to look like:

* Full view - Displays the whole window as one, showing both folders and bookmarks

* Split vew - Splits the window into two parts, the top one for the super-folders, the bottom one for sub-folders and bookmarks

* Single folder - Displays folders in one window. Will not show bookmarks.

The options for sorting bookmarks are:

* Sort by my order - Bookmarks sorted by user-defined order. You can arrange the bookmarks in any order you want by clicking and dragging them.

* Sort by name - Bookmarks sorted alphabetically by name

* Sort by nick - Bookmarks sorted alphabetically by nickname

* Sort by address - Bookmarks sorted by URL

* Sort by description - Bookmarks sorted by the description (you can see the description of a bookmark when you edit it, or if you hover the mouse pointer over it for a short while)

* Sort by created - Bookmarks sorted with the last created bookmark first

* Sort by visited - Bookmarks sorted with the last visited bookmark first

The two last options in the View menu are for the order of the bookmarks.

* Sort ascending - Sorts bookmarks from top to bottom, that is, A - Z, 0 - 9

* Sort descending - Sorts bookmarks from bottom to top, that is, Z - A, 9 - 0

The Add button (or pressing Ctrl+D) will add the active page to bookmarks. If you click and drag the Add button, a menu will drop down, from which you can add a new folder or a separator. When you add a new folder, it will appear as a subfolder of the currently selected one. To add a folder in the top level, just click in the empty area below the bookmarks, (or use Ctrl+Click to unselect the selected folder), and then you can add a new one at the same level.

Right-clicking a bookmark or a folder will also display the menus for the buttons, and Properties will allow you to change a bookmarks name, nickname, URL and more.

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Posted by Jenny on Sunday, March 2, 2008
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