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Old 05. Jan 2011, 12:59 AM   #81 (permalink)
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Ok, I've had a play around with my Opera skins and I've come up with a procedure which should allow you to successfully customize the colour of your tab text.


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Type in your address bar:-
opera:about

Listed under "paths" you'll find the location of your Opera Directory
Navigate to this directory where you'll find a folder named "skin" which will contain your downloaded skins

Close Opera

Unzip the relevant skin you want to customize
Inside this unzipped folder find the skin.ini file and open it with notepad

Find the following heading:-
[Pagebar Button Skin]

Under which you will find the following line:-
Text Color = #??????

Change this hex color code to one that corresponds to the text color of your choice:-
e.g. for white it would be #FFFFFF (don't forget the #)

Save your changes

Re-zip the now customized skin folder and put it in place of the one you originally downloaded (move the original somewhere safe just in case).

Restart Opera and voila!
Have fun!

Regards, Sope.

PS. Alternatively you may like to try out the Steam skin maybe?
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Old 05. Jan 2011, 01:28 AM   #82 (permalink)
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And just to provide some back up to my ramblings about Opera being so popular in eastern Europe you can have a look at the StatCounter global stats for last year here.

It's best to view it as a bar graph, tick the box at the right, and then you can see the various country stats by using the drop down menu 'Country or Region'.


Click on Russia, Ukraine etc. and you'll see what I'm on about - look at Norway while you're there. To say that's where it's made, Opera is last of the big names - odd really.

Only one company's stats but it gives you an insight - shame it doesn't show age groups

I've set Opera as default now. I feel a little guilty about giving SeaMonkey the boot, so to speak - other than that, it was painless. So we'll see how it goes. Maybe I'll start to feel younger.
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Old 05. Jan 2011, 09:33 AM   #83 (permalink)
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Still with chrome
opera is fast but it is giving me problem on facebook and some other sites
and i dnt like the modern skin of opera .. ditto for ff4 skin
i like chrome now

but i have kept opera and m testing it
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Old 05. Jan 2011, 10:52 AM   #84 (permalink)
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Still with chrome
opera is fast but it is giving me problem on facebook and some other sites
and i dnt like the modern skin of opera .. ditto for ff4 skin
i like chrome now

but i have kept opera and m testing it
I think this is a Opera problem not loading some sites correctly, i.e Facebook, banking sites etc, but is defiantly not entirely Operas fault. The codes and testing for these sites by the sites developers has in the past been only done for IE and FF, and hopefully this will not be the case for much longer. There is a solution for this problem in Opera that I find nine times out of ten works, the only problem being it masks the fact that you are using Opera and will give the false impression to these site developers that Opera is not worth worrying about when it comes to writing code and testing. I think a extension has been released to do this, but I have in the past and still do now do this from within Opera. when you visit a page that does not work properly with Opera right click and choose edit site preferences, open the network tab and the option at the bottom of the page is the one you need to change browser identification, mask as FF or IE, or identify as FF or IE. This solution should help. I also find what others have posted on the Opera topic of real interast and informative, and good reading. Happy Days
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Old 05. Jan 2011, 02:39 PM   #85 (permalink)
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There is a solution for this problem in Opera that I find nine times out of ten works, the only problem being it masks the fact that you are using Opera and will give the false impression to these site developers that Opera is not worth worrying about when it comes to writing code and testing.
This is my feeling too regarding masking though I wonder how much some of the site developers actually care given Opera's relatively small share of the market?
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Old 05. Jan 2011, 05:38 PM   #86 (permalink)
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@Sope

Thanks so much for the trouble you went into . Now that you laid out the steps, I can't stop wondering how come I didn't think of this as I did notice that skins come in zip format and I do this sort of things all the time in Firefox . Now that you pointed it me to the right direction, a whole lot of new horizons opened up .
The funny thing is that I managed to change it once but it won't change again, no matter how many different hex color codes I try (maybe I need to use the original every time).
Thanks also for suggesting another skin, but Steam is less compact than the one I use now. BTW, how did you get it? Browsing skins, I didn't see it listed.

I just started taming Opera, so thanks again for everything.
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Old 05. Jan 2011, 06:19 PM   #87 (permalink)
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@26 Dolphins

You're welcome. I thought you wouldn't necessarily need all the steps laid out but hopefully listing it all like that saved you some time and may be useful/interesting to others.
Opera is indeed highly customizable.

Not sure why subsequent changes aren't sticking for you. I seem to remember experiencing something similar in the past. I always make sure I un-zip the folder, make any changes to the relevant files, then re-zip every time. Most of the skin customizations I carry out involve adding extra button icons to the default skin after Opera program updates so I'm usually always starting with a fresh archive in any case.

I already knew that the "Steam" skin existed as I've used it in the past, so I cheated a bit there.
I do find the Opera skins site a bit hit-or-miss when searching especially if you "browse skins by color" i.e. there are certainly more dark skins than just the three that show up if you click on the black button! Also the default main page is currently just listing 18 featured skins, whereas if you click on "popular" for instance you'll get 730 listed (likewise "top rated" lists 449)!

Out of interest, which skin are you currently using?
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Old 05. Jan 2011, 10:20 PM   #88 (permalink)
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Hi Sope,

Thanks again for extending my horizons. The detail of the steps was indeed not really necessary for me, but will serve people on their first attempts well.

Opera needs to rethink/ redisgn the way they organize/ present skins. Browsing them by color gets you practically nowher - if you click on the blue button you get zero, yet I found plenty in the "Popular" ones; that goes for a number of colors.
But it's quite time consuming to go through the "popular" ones and a bit intimidating when you start and see the number of skins available. I ended up going through the "New" and part of the "Updated" (too many here: 370) as I got a few "not compatible with your Opera vesion" and one crash.

I'm using "Omelion 0.9.8.6 beta2", to which I added a nice, fitting background image (Speed Dial hidden). I also like "Ultra Glass 2 v6.05" - these are the most compact and dark ones I had the patience to find. I keep a couple more (slightly modified), like "Aesthetical & Classy 2" and "Midnight Bull", as it's effordless to change skins in Opera - no restart hussle. Same goes for installing extensions - not that I've found many that I'd use. but one can hope, right?

Since I installed Opera as portable, among other things, I need to figure out how to add it to CCleaner without crippling it - time to visit Piriform Forum.

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I don't know if this is due to choosing portable during installation, but I have the following cookie-management issue:
I've checked "Allow" and "Always ask", so that I can choose between accept and refuse. But, even when I choose refuse, the cookie gets placed .
On top of that, when I click on "Delete Private Data" and then check the cookies, they don't get deleted .
If I don't delete them manually and exit Opera, when I run it again, the cookies are still there, even those that expire with the end of the session .
Am I doing something wrong?
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Old 05. Jan 2011, 11:41 PM   #89 (permalink)
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Hi 26Dolphins,

Looks like you've already been pretty busy collecting skins!
Like you I find searching through them a bit tedious but at least it is refreshingly easy to simply apply then reject them until you find a keeper.
Personally I prefer the clean look of current default skin (plus some minor tweaks) over most of the custom skins I've sampled.

I guess your issues with cookies may well have something to do with the portable installation as you suggest but I can't say for sure. Personally I'm not bothered too much about cookies really, I have Opera set to only accept cookies from sites I visit, but I tend to run Opera mostly in a sandbox that automatically deletes everything on closing

CCleaner seems to deal pretty well with the installed version of Opera and I have noticed that they appear to actively keep up with relevant changes to Opera fairly soon after they come out.
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This is my feeling too regarding masking though I wonder how much some of the site developers actually care given Opera's relatively small share of the market?
At the moment, and not for much longer I think !!!
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