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Remove Clutter from the Opera Speed Dial Page

Do you want to clean up the Speed Dial page in Opera so that only the thumbnails are visible? Today we show you a couple of tweaks that will make it happen.

Speed Dial Page

The search bar and text at the bottom take up room and add clutter to the look and feel of Opera’s Speed Dial page.


Changing the Settings

Two small tweaks to the config settings will clean it all up. To get started type opera:config into the address bar and press enter.


Type “speed” into the quick find bar and look for the Speed Dial State entry. Change the 1 to 2 and click save.


You will see the following message concerning the changes…click OK.


Next type “search” into the quick find bar and look for the Speed Dial Search Type entry. Remove all of the text in the blank and click save.


Once again you will see a message about the latest change that you have made. At this point you may need to restart Opera for both changes to take full effect.


There will be a noticeable difference in how the Speed Dial page looks afterwards and is much cleaner without the Search bar and text field.


You will also still be able to access the right click context menu just like before.



If you have been looking to get a cleaner and less cluttered Speed Dial page in Opera, then these two little hacks will get the job done!

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 05/21/10

Comments (12)

  1. WOFall

    You might want to mention that this puts Speed Dial in read-only mode, ie. you can’t change or rearrange your speed dials without reverting Speed Dial State to 1.

    Incidentally, some layout tweaks are coming with 10.54 (It’s already in the snapshots)

  2. Jeffrey Paul Zacher

    Kool beans. I never knew how to really get under the hood on Opera and there is alot of stuff I learned by doing this tutorial. Thanks.

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  4. nixdagibts

    To get rid of the search field, it is NOT necessary to do this over opera:config.
    There is a much simpler way. Just go the preferences, click on search tab where all your personal search engines are listed. Click on edit, and then on details. De-check “Use as speed dial search engine”. Do this for every search engine entry and you are done!

  5. mitchfour20

    thanks!!! i hated that search box

  6. TheAslan

    I managed to remove those texts in bottom of the screen but not search box, i have Opera 11.01.

    Here’s a screenshot too about that prefs window, i removed all that text there and then i restarted my Opera:

  7. Asian Angel

    @TheAslan – Like you I have had the search box resurrect itself once again…I think it is a result of code changes made in recent releases of Opera. >_> Sooner or later there will be a way to make it disappear again. ^_^

  8. TheAslan

    Yeah, i managed to hide search box via settings! Like nixdagibts said.

    Is there any chance to remove rss feed icon in addressbar?? And is it possible to show all web pages in black/white??

  9. Asian Angel

    @TheAslan – As far as I know there is not a way to remove the RSS feed icon from the Address Bar…the only suggestion that I can think of for that is to dig into the Opera forums to see if anyone has tried that.

    For rendering all webpages in black and white you might look through the scripts at to see if a script for that is available.

  10. danne

    is it possible to increase the amount of speed dial buttons available from speed dial page?? instead of 5×5, maybe you could have 6×5 or 7×5 and so on… is it possible?? and if it is,how do you do it?? and Thanks for tutorial :P and NixDagiBTS for comment :D Helped :P

  11. TheAslan

    @danne – Yes it is possible!!

    Check this website’s topic:

  12. ECM

    I’m a bit late to this but nice tweak!

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