Fix "View In iTunes" Link Not Working In Opera

Back in October, I had written a post about fixing an issue with the iTunes store in , where app store links or "View in iTunes" link did not open the iTunes app. The same problem existed in too and many users have been emailing and asking me about how to fix it for Opera.

Open iTunes Link in Opera

So as promised, here is a quick way to fix the "View in iTunes" link not working for the Opera browser, I have borrowed this trick from Pallab’s earlier post on using Google Instant in Opera.

Here are steps to fix this issue:

Change Opera Browser Identification

  1. First of all open any app in iTunes, you could click on this link to open the app in iTunes.
  2. Now right click on an empty spot on the page and select "Edit Site Preferences" from the context menu. Alternatively you could use the hotkey F12 and select it.
  3. Navigate to the "Network" tab and change the "Browser identification" option to "Mask as Firefox" from "Identify as Opera"
  4. Reload the page and you should now see a prompt to Open iTunes.

If the "Mask as " does not work, you can try out the other options available for Browser Identification.

Stop Auto-Refresh of Pages In Opera And Refresh Websites After Certain Time

After , is my secondary browser and I use it very frequently. I use Opera to visit websites and check on stats among other things. Now, many of the websites I visit are news sites which have auto-refresh turned on. Sometimes, this provides me with a bad experience since the page auto-refreshes while I am in the middle of reading an article.

On the other hand, I find it unproductive to reload stats pages every time I want to see new data. Thankfully Opera has a nice little which will allow you to stop auto-refresh on certain websites while allow you to refresh certain websites after a time-interval.

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In order to stop a webpage from auto-refreshing, right click on that page and select "Never" from the "Reload Every" submenu. On the other hand, you can use the same menu to also auto-refresh certain webpages after a certain time interval.

This feature is pretty useful since it is built into the browser itself and does not require third-party extensions. Pretty neat and useful.

Further Reading: Auto-refreshing of webpages is done through a meta tag, you can read more about it here.

Get An Overload of Transparency With New Z1-Glass Skin For Opera 10.5

Do you love transparency effects? Do you have a fixation with Aero Glass? Do you love Opera (Browser)? If the answer to any of those questions is no, stop reading. This post does not concern you. However, if the answer to all of them is yes, you must try out the new Z1-Glass skin for Opera.

Opera 10.5 introduces a new skinning parameter which allows it to support transparency for various internal elements. To see it in action, download the Z1-Glass skin from here and place the ZIP file in the Opera/skin directory. Select the skin from Tools–>Appearance.

Z1-Glass With Tabbar on Left
Tab bar at the left

Due to current limitations in Opera’s skinning architecture, the skin works as intended only if your tab bar is positioned on the left or right (or at the bottom without visual tabs). While, the skin is usable with tab bar at top, the speed dial area would appear as solid black (instead of being transparent).

Z1-Glass With Tabbar on Top
Tab bar on top

The skin was mainly created to demonstrate what is possible with Opera 10.5 and contains an overload of glass effect. It may not be to your taste. Also keep in mind that this is created for a pre-alpha build and as such contains some usability issues. One of them is that you would have to reset your configuration on each start-up in order to fix transparency issues (for tab bar at left configuration). Use this button for a quick fix.

How To View Browsing History As Drop Down In Google Chrome & Opera?

Web browsers store history about the sites you have visited in a window or tab to let you easily go back and forth, you can use the back button or use a Alt with either the right or left arrow key to navigate the history (learn more Alt, Shift, Ctrl shortcut keys).

However and offer users with a arrow to view the history as a drop-down list, however the arrows are missing in both and .

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However the missing arrow key for drop down navigation does not mean that the feature in itself is missing, to access the backward or forward history as a drop down list in Google Chrome and Opera click and hold on the forward or backward button instead of simply clicking on it.

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Once you click and hold for a second you will see the history as a drop down list, you can then select which webpage you want to navigate too from the list.

Open Firefox Links In Opera

I use a mix of browsers including , , and and juggle between them while reading content on the internet. I do use Firefox a lot, but there are times when I want to open certain links in other browsers.

In the past we have told you about a way to open Firefox links in Google Chrome in the Google Chrome Tips and Tricks post, but what about Opera? Can you open Firefox links in Opera?

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Disable Transfers Tab From Showing Up In Opera

has a annoying habit of popping up a new Transfers tab, everytime you start a file download, this could be intrusive at times, since this tab may be set to steal focus on the browser, bring it to the foreground.

If you are looking to disable the transfers tab or open it in the background, you can follow the steps listed in this post.

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Quickly Open Last Closed Tab In Opera

There are several times when you may close a tab by mistake in the browser, if you are user, you can easily open the last closed tab, by opening a blank tab and selecting the link from the recently closed section.

users can use a add-on to reopen accidentally closed tabs with the help of a , however users have it much more easier.

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How To Convert Text To Links In Opera?

There are many times when websites do not add hyperlinks to text thus making the text un-clickable, to open the link, you will have to copy the text and then paste it into the browser address bar.

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If you are using , you can easily convert text to links with a User JavaScript called Linkify URL, this script makes URL’s clickable when they are not.

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Useful User JavaScript For Opera

has a huge base of user scripts available for use, which allow users to add additional functionality to the browser, the user scripts are pretty similar to scripts for .

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Considering how popular User JavaScript are in Opera, there are bound to be several useful ones which you must definitely try out, and to help users out, the Opera Watch has put up a list of the most useful User JavaScript for Opera users.

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How To Install User JavaScript In Opera?

allows users to add custom user JavaScript that can add additional functionality to the browser, however the User JavaScript cannot run out of the box, and you will require to tune some settings in order to get it working.

Here is a step by step tutorial that will teach you how to install user JavaScript in Opera.

Step 1: Go to Tools > Preferences or press Ctrl + F12 shortcut key.

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