How To Configure The Sidebar In Opera Browser

The Opera browser is a free, fast, and secure web browser that is available for all major operating systems. It has been around for more than two decades and has consistently been one of the most popular browsers in the world. It is known for its speed, security and privacy. 

By default, it shows a sidebar that consists of various chat elements like Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber besides others like Speed Dial, News, Bookmarks and many more.

Opera sidebar with all elements enabled by default

You can toggle all of these as needed if it feels cluttered.

Customized Opera sidebar

Here is how:

Type the following in the Opera address bar to open the Sidebar settings page:


directly access Opera sidebar settings

Alternatively, launch Opera and click on the menu button. Then, choose Settings.

Accessing Opera settings from the menu

Scroll down to the Manage sidebar section. 

Manage sidebar option in Opera

From here, you can disable the sidebar, or turn off the notification badges for the visible widgets.

Toggle the Opera sidebar or the elements it has

Also, to keep the sidebar but selectively toggle on/off what is visible, scroll down and check/uncheck each of the widgets as needed.

toggle individual elements from the Opera sidebar

You can also reload websites and view from the Opera sidebar through an add-on. Here is how to do that.

Happy browsing.

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