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7 Reasons to Use the Opera Web Browser on Linux - page 2

Cross-Platform, Widgets, Spell-checker

  • July 6, 2010
  • By Eric Geier

Opera Unite gives you remote access and synchronization

Opera Unite is a free sharing, communication, and collaboration solution. It gives you quick and easily access to your files, media, photos, notes, and more anywhere from the web. You not only can access your shares among all your computers and devices, but you can also share with friends, colleagues, and family. Opera doesn't even have to be installed to access the shared content.

To get started, click Menu > Opera Unite > Enable Opera Unite. Use the setup wizard to create an account and register your machine. Then you can enable the different applications depending upon what you want to share. You and possibly others will be able to access your content via your portal website address, such as computer_name.user_name.operaunite.com. Remember, you can enable Opera Unite on your other computers and devices.

Remember, the Opera Unite status info and shortcuts are always available in the lower left corner of the browser.

You can sync your browser info with Opera Link

This is a free service by Opera that can synchronize your browser info across your computers and devices. It can sync your bookmarks, personal bar, speed dial entries, notes, typed history, and search history. Even if you can't use Opera on a computer or device, you always can access your Opera Link account and synced info via a webpage.

To get started, click Menu > Synchronize Opera > Enable Synchronization. You can select what exactly you want to sync. On other computers with Opera, you can enable synchronization by logging into your Opera Link account.

It can save browsing sessions

This feature lets you save your browsing session and restore it later. This is useful if you frequently visit the same set of sites or you're doing research. Save your session and when you open it later, it will open the web pages in the same tabs, just like you left it earlier.

To save a session, click Menu > Tabs and Windows > Sessions > Save This Session. Enter a name for the session and it will be added to the list. Then to restore a session, access the list of sessions by clicking Menu > Tabs and Windows > Sessions.

Its note taking feature is great for doing Internet research

There's a note taking feature built directly into the Opera web browser. Trust me, this can be useful even if you already have note taking available on your email client or via some other service. It can be invaluable when doing research on the web, in addition to the usual to-do lists and reminders.

You can bring up your notes via the main drop-down menu or the shortcut on the left side of the browser. At first glance, it looks simple. Add a note entry, jot down your ramblings, and its stored for later reference. You can send notes via email: select a note and click Send.

The best part is the ability to add text directly from websites, which also saves the web address. Just highlight the desired text and hit Copy to Note. Then bring up the Notes page to see the new entry. You can always double-click the entry to revisit the webpage.

Eric Geier is a freelance tech writer. He's authored many networking and computing books for brands like For Dummies and Cisco Press. He is also the Founder and CEO of NoWiresSecurity, which helps businesses easily protect their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise mode of WPA/WPA2 encryption.
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