Opera Mini Web Browser

As you may have heard, Apple approved the Opera Mini web browser to be allowed into the App Store. If you’re curious about the application, hopefully this post will help you learn more.

When you first launch Opera Mini, you will see a welcome screen, giving you information about the browser.

Start Page

Once you’ve tapped on the “OK” button, you will be taken to a Start Page that has five websites shown in a thumbnail view, which are the My Opera website, FaceBook, Twitter, The New York Times, and AccuWeather. If you tap and hold on one of the thumbnails, you can either clear it or edit the website that you would like to appear in the thumbnail. There are also four empty thumbnails, which you can add websites to. If you tap on a thumbnail, you will be taken to the website associated with it.

Visiting a Website

When you visit a website, whether it be a website who’s URL you’ve entered or a website from the Start Page, the name of the website you’re on will appear in a red information bar, toward the top of the browser. Also, there is an address bar, as well as a search engine that you can use. The search box has options to use either Google, Amazon, eBay, Wikipedia, as well as the option to manage the search engines.

At the bottom of the browser, you should see five buttons, a back arrow, a forward arrow, a refresh button, a tabs button, and the settings button.

Tabbed Browsing

The tabs button allows you to switch between multiple websites without having to leave the website you’re on. You can simply switch between websites that are loaded in tabs.

When you would like to open a website in a new tab, you can simply click on the tabs button and click on the thumbnail with a plus on it. Once you’ve done that, you can either choose from a website on your Start Page or enter in a URL to a different website. The tabs button also shows you how many tabs you have opened by displaying a number on the button.

If you would like to close a tab, you can do so by clicking on the tabs button and clicking on the red button with an “X” on it.

Settings

If you would like to view and change Opera’s settings, you can do so by clicking on the wrench button, which is located in the bottom right of the browser.

Once you’ve clicked on the wrench button, you can view and manage your bookmarks, history, Start Page, as well as Saved Pages. There is a also a “Find in Page” button, which allows you to search for text in a webpage. Also, there is a “Help” button and a “Settings” button.

If you click on the “Settings” button, you will be able to manage different settings, such as whether or not to load images, what the image quality is, and how big the font is. You can also select whether or not you would like to enable “Mobile View”, “Fullscreen”, as well as “Opera Link”.

From the settings menu, you can also view and manage your privacy settings, such as whether or not to remember passwords or accept cookies. You can also clear your history, passwords, and cookies from the “Privacy” section.

The last thing in the settings menu is the “Advanced” section, which allows you to choose which type of browsing protocol you would like to use, as well as to start page links.

If you would like to learn more about Opera Mini, you can do so by going to the Opera website.

Opera Mini can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store.

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