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Opera 11 Introduces Stacked Tabs

David Gilbert


Opera 11 Introduces Stacked Tabs

the latest version of internet browser Opera will allow users to ‘stack’ their open tabs into groups in order to save time and organize their work better.

The ability to stack your tabs is just one of the new features of the beta release of Opera 11 which is available to download now. Extensions, mouse gestures, bookmarks and plug-ins have been added or improved in this latest version of the browser. With 140million users around the globe, Opera is one of the more popular web browsers but it only has 2.2 per cent of the market which is light years behind Firefox – which two weeks ago released Firefox 4 Beta 7 – which has 44 per cent of the market.

Stacking tabs, which is the standout feature of this release, is pretty easy and intuitive as you can see in the video below. Simply drag one tab on top of another and you’ve created a stack. Hovering the mouse over a tab will cause the stack to expand in a visual preview. Clicking the arrow icon expands the current stack across the tab bar. This will no doubt prove a very popular tool for people who are used to having a dozen or more tabs open at once in a web browser.

Coming hot on the heels of the launch of its Android-flavoured mobile browser, Opera 11 also introduces extensions (something Firefox has had for quite some time). These browser add-ons will enhance the capabilities of Opera. In the three weeks since extensions debuted in the alpha release of Opera 11, more than 500,000 extensions have been downloaded. Developers are submitting between 10 and 20 new extensions each day. The full extension catalog is available here.

Another improvement is mouse gestures which provide an effective way to control Opera with a few simple mouse movements. Mouse gestures were introduced in Opera 5, and in Opera 11 a new visual interface highlights mouse paths and helps guide the discovery, use and mastery of these shortcuts. Plug-ins can now be set to load on-demand, giving as much as a 30 percent performance improvement, according to Opera.


November 23, 2010, 5:31 pm

Good news! Still the best browser out there IMO, partly due to the integration of emails as a side-bar (great on a large widescreen monitor)

Visualisation of gesture tracking is quite useful, I use mouse gestures extensively (for back/forward and closing tabs) so a visual check I've not accidentally moved up instead of across could be useful!


November 23, 2010, 5:38 pm

Very nice, and a bit WebOS 2.0-like. We sometimes take for granted how many features of our modern browsers Opera pioneered, I can see something similar to this catching on soon enough.


November 23, 2010, 8:05 pm

I'm not sure about expanding them across the tab bar, a drop down menu might be preferable.

And of course Opera's search tools that might spawn lots of tabs are still pretty rudimentary, I wish they'd add combined web & page search (like Maxthon Classic has for example).


November 23, 2010, 8:44 pm

Nice to see some new innovation. Hopefully Google will copy what is a good idea, implemented in a dog ugly browser into there own browser Chrome. It's a shame about Opera. They have always innovated but haven't got the downloads and usage that their browser deserves. I hope this gains them a few more fans before other browsers consume this idea and it becomes the default (just as tabbed browsing has become today).


November 23, 2010, 10:10 pm

"I'm not sure about expanding them across the tab bar, a drop down menu might be preferable."

Just hover the stack, and it will "drop down" automatically.


November 24, 2010, 1:47 am

Google seem to have really started a trend going by the way all web browsers now look very similar to Chrome.


November 24, 2010, 2:25 am

I will give this beta a go. The stackable tabs looks dead handy and I love Opera gestures. Just hold down right-click mouse the mouse downwards and you have a new tab :)

Shame it is so low in the browser wars.


November 24, 2010, 3:43 am

I am loving the beta so far. I like where Opera is going, although I wish that Outlook Web Access would finally work in Opera! Brilliant browser when all is said and done, however.


November 24, 2010, 3:59 am

@Runadumb, Opera's market share is about 7%. It's not that low. You can calculate the market share by comparing the number of Opera users (more than 140M) to the total number of people on the net (around 2B). So 7%. Not bad at all for the only independent browser.

@rav: "Google seem to have really started a trend going by the way all web browsers now look very similar to Chrome."

Not sure what you are referring to.

Opera was the first browser to put the tabs above all other toolbars.

Microsoft introduced the Aero/Glass UI in Windows, and started using it in applications.

Microsoft removed the menu by default in Vista and Windows 7.

The only thing Chrome really did was to move the tabs into the title bar. Everything else was already being done.

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