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How to remove news from Opera’s New Tab Page

The latest Opera Developer version highlights upcoming changes to the web browser's new tab page.

Probably the biggest change is the introduction of news directly on the startpage below the speed dial listing.

While some users of the browser may find the listing there useful, others have probably little use for it considering that only general news are displayed there by default.

It is interesting to note though that the company has added an experimental flag to Opera that enables you to select news topics you are interested in, and also pick a different language or region for the news on top of that.

Opera's New Tab Page

First, lets take a look at Opera 36's modified new tab page. As you can see, news are displayed beneath the speed dial tiles on the page.

opera startpage news

You can scroll down to list more news and clicking on a tile will open the news source in a new tab in the web browser.

Disable News on Opera's New Tab Page

To disable news completely on Opera's startpage (new tab page), do the following:

  1. Open a new tab in the web browser, either by clicking on the plus icon to spawn a new tab, or using Ctrl-T instead for the same effect.
  2. Click on the cogwheel icon in the upper right corner of the page.
  3. Remove the checkmark from News in the menu that opens.

Change news topics and language

opera personalized news

If you like the news displayed there but want more control over what is being displayed on the new tab page, do the following instead:

  1. Load opera://flags#personalized-news-start-page in Opera's address bar.
  2. Alternatively, open opera://flags/ and locate the Personalized news for the start page entry there manually (for instance by using on-page find).
  3. Set the preference to enabled using the menu.
  4. Click on the relaunch now button to restart Opera.

Once you have done so, you may personalize the news experience on Opera's new tab page by clicking on the cogwheel icon on the page again.

There you find new options to customize top stories, and to pick another country & language for the news.

personalize news

Check or uncheck news categories such as sports, travel, technology or business so that only news you have an interest in are displayed on the browser's new tab page.

The feature will land in Opera Stable eventually, and is only available on desktop versions of the web browser and not Opera mobile.


This article was first seen on ComTek's "TekBits" Technology News


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