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Clicking Through Opera 11 Browser Beta

The Opera web browser, from Opera Software, has long been one of the most innovative browsers available, and has been the first to introduce many features that became common in all browsers, such as tabbed windows. With the recent released beta of Opera 11, the browser continues this tradition with several interesting new capabilities, including the ability to load plugins on demand within web pages. The Opera 11 beta also includes some features already found in other browsers, such as competing




In a trend that has become common in newly released beta browsers, such as the betas for IE 9 and Firefox 4, the recently released Opera 11 beta now has much of the same look and feel as Google's Chrome browser.

For a long time the Opera web browser was the clear innovator in the browser space. Opera was often the first to introduce features, such as tabbed browsing, that became standard browser capabilities.

And while other innovative browsers, such as Google Chrome, have been pushing the browser feature envelope as well, Opera Software's eponymous browser still remains one of the most innovative and cutting edge of all browsers.

In tests of the recently released beta of Opera 11, I found Opera to still be one of the most powerful and capable browsers available, and one that a power user can configure to meet their exact needs. The beta of Opera 11 showcases some new features that will likely become standard in competitors in the near future.

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One of the most interesting new features in Opera 11 is the ability to only run plugins, such as Flash, on demand, a feature that can be enabled in the Preferences window.

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Once on-demand plugins are enabled in Opera 11, pages with embedded content such as Flash or videos display a large gray play icon.

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Clicking on the gray icon in the Opera 11 beta displays the on demand plugin content, in this case a Flash animation.

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Opera's mouse gesture navigation is now easier to use than ever, with a nice visual guide displayed by holding the right mouse button in the browser.

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The beta of Opera 11 now adds tab stacking features, making it possible to combine related web content by dragging and dropping tabs on top of each other. Thumbnails of all the tabs in the stack can be viewed by hovering over the stack.

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While Opera still has far fewer available extensions than Mozilla Firefox, the beta of Opera 11 makes it very easy to find, install and manage extensions for the browser.

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