How to Turn Off Speed Dial in Opera Web Browser

By default Opera web browser opens a Speed Dial page, when a new tab is opened. The Speed Dial allows Opera users quick and easy access to their favorite websites from the new tab directly, with options to customize layout and the background of Speed Dial. In essence, Speed Dial is displaying snapshots of websites that you placed on it when a new tab is opened, and when you click on one of them, you are brought directly to the web page.

Though it is a useful feature, many Opera users don’t like to use the Speed Dial feature, they can disable the feature. You can follow the steps to disable the Speed Dial feature in Opera.

How to Turn Off Speed Dial in Opera Web Browser

  1. Type opera:config#UserPrefs|SpeedDialState in the address bar >>Enter
  2. The Opera Preferences Edit is opened and automatically forwarded to a preference named Speed Dial State under User Prefs section
  3. Change the value of Speed Dial State to 0 or 3 to disable the Speed Dial feature

Values to Speed Dial State are:

0: Folded (show a small message on bottom right corner will be opened to allow Speed Dial feature when needed), 1: Shown, 2: Read only mode and always show speed dial,  3: Disable speed dial

8 Responses

  1. Joanne says:

    Thanks for the tip about turning off the incredibly annoying speed dial default. There should just be a tick box in the preferences to do it. Why browsers put crap like this in front of you I don’t know and I’m glad I’ll never have to see it again.

  2. anon says:

    thank you.
    good ridence to that crapy speeddial. opera is faster than anything else for my netbook. i want to open a new tab with my homepage there. why is there not a checkbox to get rid of speeddial. must be someones BIG IDEA in the company. if there was adblockplus for opera i would change to opera FOR EVER.

  3. anon says:

    OH no…this kills speeddial, but a new tab is blank…why is new tab not opening my home page automatically? nuts.

  4. dean says:

    Good riddance. What is wrong with developers for thinking anyone would have a use for such an annoying “feature?” Bloat bloat bloat.

    This is utterly poor UI design and one of many reasons I only use opera to test web page compatibilty when designing sites.

  5. Don says:

    That turns speed dial off but if opera is already running, how do you get opera to goto your home page on 2nd tabs or windows. It goes to a blank page or speed dial if opera is already running.

  6. Paul says:

    Many thanks for the quickfix on disabling Speed Dial. It may suit some but is another example of software designers assuming what most people want, limiting options, and decreasing user control of the program. Next step – work out how to set the address so a new Tab opens with the Homepage. It may be just one click, but speedy manipulation of the browser saves time and hassle.

  7. finchley says:

    This no longer works in version 15.0.1147.153. If I type or paste “opera:config#UserPrefs|SpeedDialState” in the address/search/multifunctionstupidwidget it goes to the settings “opera://config/#Userprefs|speeddialstate”. Which of course has no option to turn off the speed dial. I looked in the Preferences file and found no references to Speed Dial either. So it looks like we are forced to use it. But isn’t that the inherent problem with free software: the author doesn’t have any obligation to listen to the user base.

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