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Five Opera Functions That Will Make Your Life Easier | Browsers

Opera is a browser based on Chromium, Google's technology used in Chrome, but despite the similarity, the browser seeks to differentiate itself from the competitor with extra features and innovative tools. Opera has a simple user interface and useful functions for everyday users, such as native screen capture, fast Internet browsing and private VPN browsing. However, not all users know about these features, so the following list contains five Opera features that can make daily navigation easier.

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Opera has functions that Chrome does not have; See you in the following list Photo: Divulgao / Opera

Opera has functions that Chrome does not have; See you in the following list Photo: Divulgao / Opera

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1. Screenshot with editing inside the browser

Opera allows you to take a screenshot within the browser without having to use third party programs to edit and save the image. Just click the camera icon in the upper right corner of the browser or use the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + 5 (Command + Shift + 5 in macOS).

The program indicates with a dotted frame the image to be captured, and allows you to configure the size you want. Then simply press "Capture" to go to an editing screen where you can add arrows, blur image areas, and more. With the edits ready, the user can select "Save" to choose the folder where they want to save the image.

Easy screenshot in Opera Photo: Playback / Mariana CoutinhoEasy screenshot in Opera Photo: Playback / Mariana Coutinho

Easy screenshot in Opera Photo: Playback / Mariana Coutinho

2. Fast access to messaging applications

In the left sidebar of the browser, the user can register quick access to messengers such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram and VK. If the app icon you want to use is not available in the bar, press the last icon of "…" and activate it. Then select the cone to sign in to your account and access your conversations normally.

Quickly access messaging apps in Opera Photo: Playback / Mariana CoutinhoQuickly access messaging apps in Opera Photo: Playback / Mariana Coutinho

Quickly access messaging apps in Opera Photo: Playback / Mariana Coutinho

To prevent the user from getting lost in the various browser tabs, Opera has an instant search function between open pages. With the shortcut Ctrl + Space, a search box appears at the top of the browser where you can search for a keyword to find a specific tab opened in Opera.

Instant search also serves to search web pages. In this case, the shortcut Alt + Space (Option + Space in macOS). Once you open the box for one of the searches, you can use the "Tab" key to toggle between tab search and web search.

Shortcuts streamline Opera search Photo: Reproduction / Mariana CoutinhoShortcuts streamline Opera search Photo: Reproduction / Mariana Coutinho

Shortcuts streamline Opera search Photo: Reproduction / Mariana Coutinho

In addition to keyboard shortcuts, Opera supports some mouse movements to activate commands, such as forward and backward navigation. To use this feature, I need to enable it from the Settings> Advanced> Shortcuts path. Importantly, the tool does not work on trackpads, only with mice.

To go back to a page, right-click and then flick left. To advance to the next page, right-click again and move the mouse to the right side. The move is much like turning pages in an ebook.

Enable gesture shortcuts in Opera Photo: Reproduction / Mariana CoutinhoEnable gesture shortcuts in Opera Photo: Reproduction / Mariana Coutinho

Enable gesture shortcuts in Opera Photo: Reproduction / Mariana Coutinho

Another important feature of Opera is the native VPN feature, without the need to install extensions. For safer browsing, enable VPN in Opera under Settings> Advanced> VPN and enable the function as shown in the image below. Once enabled, the VPN icon will appear in the corner of the address box.

Enable VPN on Opera Photo: Reproduo / Mariana CoutinhoEnable VPN on Opera Photo: Reproduo / Mariana Coutinho

Enable VPN on Opera Photo: Reproduo / Mariana Coutinho