Quick and Easy Safari and Opera Start Page Customization
We give a lot of attention to Firefox and Chrome, while even taking on Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. But, what about Safari and Opera? These are solid browsers and they deserve a little love too.
So, when it comes to setting up your start or new tab page with either of these browsers, do you like to keep it basic or do you like all of the bells and whistles? Here are some tips for using the default pages in these two browsers as well as a couple of more detailed options.
When You Need Simple – Real Simple
For those who just want the simplest page with their favorite websites ready, waiting, and organized whenever they open Safari or Opera, both browsers deliver built-in tools. There are no fancy configurations or third party extensions to log into. These are basic start and new tab pages, but that do offer slight customizations.
In Safari, you can set up different pages depending on if you are opening a new window or a new tab. For opening a new window, you can set Safari to start with your Favorites, a certain URL, or a specific folder from your list of bookmarks. To have new tabs open with a certain folder, you actually have to set the “Favorite Shows” drop-down instead of the one marked “New Tabs Open With”.
Now that you have set your start and new tab pages, you can rearrange the websites you have by either dragging and dropping from the sidebar or on the main screen.
Next, try creating some folders for better organization. This can be done simply by right-clicking your chosen location for that page in the sidebar and selecting New Folder. Once it pops up on your screen you can name it and drag other websites into it, keeping everything neat and tidy. Create folders for News, Shopping, or your preferred blogs.
The nice thing about Safari is that if you have it synced on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad you can still use different settings for your start page. For example, you can have it open to a work folder on your Mac and your Favorites on your device. Just go into your device Settings, select Favorites, and then pick your folder.
Opera works much the same way allowing you to drag and drop to move items and create folders. Opera uses your default Speed Dial as the start page, but you can also configure a specific URL.
To create folders in Speed Dial, first add at least two websites and then just drag one on top of the other. This will create folders automatically that you can rearrange and rename. Once you are inside a folder you can add more sites to it as well or add them from the main Speed Dial screen and just drag them over.
Another handy option with Opera Speed Dial is that you can add extensions in addition to websites. This is terrific if you want to have the weather, a clock, or even an RSS feed extension on your start page. You can either select Add a Site from the Speed Dial screen or right-click and pick Add to Speed Dial or Add Extension.
When You Need Just a Little More
If the basic start pages for Safari and Opera [No Longer Available] just are not enough for you and want a tiny bit more, each has an extension called Start.me that provides a more robust page. You can set it as your start or new tab page and configure many options from websites to widgets.
Some standout features of Start.me include the ability to import bookmarks and feeds from another browser or from Google Bookmarks. Set up all of your RSS feeds easily, add more widgets for notes, weather, calendar, or email, and then customize how each displays on your screen. You can even select an attractive background.
Another good feature of Start.me is that once you create a free account, you can access your personalized start page from any browser or on your mobile device. This is very similar to other start page builders such as Netvibes and Protopage, which also work well.
When You Are Feeling Ambitious
Say that you really want to not only customize your own start page but design it from the bottom up, but unfortunately you are not a Web Developer. Rest assured there is a tool for you as well.
WebDwarf [Broken URL Removed] offers a way for you to create just what you want without having to know any coding language. This tool offers simple drag and drop page setup, templates to get you started, graphic and editing tools, spell-check, and is a free service. Note, that WebDwarf does not offer free hosting and you will have to install their software on your computer.
What’s your pleasure with your start page?
Are you someone who likes to keep things as simple as possible and uses the default Safari or Opera options? Or, maybe you like all of those little extras that extensions like Start.me have to offer?
Maybe you actually coded your very own start page from scratch and would not have it any other way. Share what you like to use best for your start page in the comments below.
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