Make Opera yours
The Met Opera on Demand Apple TV app allows you to stop playback at any point during an opera, and return to that same point and resume playback later. On the app’s new “New Releases” (home) screen, when users are logged in they will see the “Continue Watching and Listening” carousel just below the large rotating graphic. Download the Opera browser for computer, phone, and tablet. Opera for Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, iOS. Free VPN, Ad blocker, built-in messengers. What is Opera for Mac Opera is a fast and secure browser trusted by millions of users. With the intuitive interface, Speed Dial and visual bookmarks for organizing favorite sites, news feature with fresh, relevant content, speed-boosting Opera Turbo mode and more handy features, Opera has everything you need to do more on the web. Opera Touch is now called Opera Browser! The award winning design and all the popular features are still here, giving you the best browsing experience on your mobile. Fast, safe and private, Opera Browser is a beautifully designed web browser with a Red Dot Award for its stunning user interface. Opera now natively supports the newest line of Apple M1 processors. With the transition from Intel to Apple Silicon chips, Apple is able to gain more control over the performance of Mac hardware.
Easy Setup on Speed Dial
The Easy Setup panel in the top-right corner of your browser will help you first setup and later customize your Opera browser. Easy Setup allows you to import data from other browsers, change wallpapers, manage downloads, and make Opera your default browser. Learn more about Easy Setup.
Customize Opera for you
Set your favorite wallpaper or your own photo from your computer as your background to personalize your Opera browser. Add extensions from the Opera add-ons or Chrome store to further customize your browser.
Wallpapers and Themes
Choose a wallpaper from our add-ons store or from your computer to make you feel at home. Switch between light and dark theme to further customize the look of your browser.
Opera-made and other third-party extensions in the add-ons store give your browser extra functionalities, such as weather apps, calculators, notepads, and more.
Learn about the features people use every day which make browsing with Opera the best.
Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and more are available for you in the sidebar so you can chat and browse simultaneously with integrated messengers.
Highlight any text on the web to conduct a new search or convert values into something relevant to you. Learn more about search highlighting.
Opera’s included ad blocker speeds up browsing, stops trackers, and halts cryptocurrency mining. Learn more about Opera’s ad blocker.
Save and share your favorite parts of the web
Easily see and manage your favorite pages with visual bookmarks by organizing them into folders or on the bookmark bar. Learn more about managing visual bookmarks.
Share your online discoveries with your friends with the snapshot tool. Quickly crop what you want to capture and add your own flair with editing tools. Done! Now it’s ready to share. Learn more about the snapshot feature.
The Sidebar setup panel lets you edit or remove elements on your sidebar, like Workspaces, Messengers, History, or your extensions. Use the three-dot icon at the bottom of your sidebar to open the Sidebar setup panel.
Locate Settings to set up Opera the way you want
There are four ways to open Opera’s settings page: through the Opera menu, the sidebar, Easy Setup, or a keyboard shortcut Alt+P (⌘ + , on Mac).
Open Opera’s settings page from the Opera menu
- On Windows or Linux, click the button in the top-left corner of your Opera browser. At the bottom of the menu, click Settings.
- On Mac, click Opera in the toolbar. There, the settings page is under Preferences.
Open Opera’s settings page from the sidebar
First, you may need to add the settings shortcut to the sidebar. To do that:
- Go to Opera’s start page.
- Click the three-dot icon at the bottom of your sidebar.
- Under Opera tools, check Settings.
You will now see a gear icon on the bottom of your sidebar. That is your settings shortcut.
Open Opera’s settings page from Easy Setup
Click the Easy Setup icon in the top-right corner of your browser. Then, scroll down and click Go to browser settings.
Some of Opera’s most popular features and settings can be adjusted in Easy Setup. It is a great way for new users to become familiar with the Opera browser, or for experienced users to make quick adjustments.
Open Opera’s settings page with a keyboard shortcut
At anytime while browsing on Opera, you can open the settings page with a keyboard shortcut.
- On Windows or Linux, press Alt + P
- On Mac, press ⌘ + ,
These and other shortcuts can be customized. Review the keyboard shortcuts in Opera.
Search in Opera’s settings page
The settings page in Opera has a search bar to help you find a particular browser setting. As you type in the search bar, the settings page will show results matching the keywords you have entered.
Matching results will be highlighted in the settings page.
Make Opera your default browser
- Open Opera.
- Click or Opera in the top-left corner.
- Click Settings (Preferences on Mac).
- Scroll down to Default browser, and click Make default.
You can also use Easy Setup to make Opera your default browser. With Opera as your default browser, all web links and web documents will open in Opera. If you have now switched over from a different browser, be sure to import your browsing data to Opera.
Make Opera your default browser through your computer’s settings
Even if you made Opera your default browser in Opera’s settings, your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer may use another installed browser to open web links or documents. This happens because another browser is set to default on your computer. To be sure that all web links and web documents open in Opera, you will need to choose your default browser in your computer’s settings.
Below are guides for making Opera your default browser on Windows, Mac, or Linux. Please note that if you cannot find Opera in your computer’s list of applications, it may be necessary to re-install Opera.
Make Opera the default browser on Windows 10
- On your computer, go to Start and type “Default app settings.”
- Click Default app settings in the results.
- Under Default apps, scroll down to Web browser.
- Change the browser to Opera.
Opera is now the default browser for your Windows 10 computer.
To pin Opera to your taskbar:
- Open Opera.
- In the taskbar on your computer, right-click the Opera icon.
- Click Pin to taskbar.
Make Opera the default browser on Windows 8.1, Windows 7
- On your computer, click Start, then click Control Panel.
- Click Programs > Default programs.
- Click Set your default programs.
- In the list of programs, find and select Opera.
- Click Set this program as default.
- Click OK.
Opera is now the default browser for your Windows 8.1 or 7 computer.
Make Opera the default browser on Mac (Mojave, High Sierra)
- On your computer, go to System Preferences.
- Click General.
- Under Default web browser, select Opera from the dropdown list.
Opera is now the default browser for your Mac computer.
To keep Opera in your Dock:
- Open Opera.
- Ctrl + click the Opera icon in your Dock, then click Options.
- Click Keep in Dock.
Make Opera the default browser on Linux (Ubuntu)
- On your computer, go to Settings.
- Click Details, then click Default Applications.
- Next to Web, select Opera from the list.
Opera is now the default browser for your Linux computer.
“No matter what I do, my Mac is still slow”, an average tech-consultant hears this phrase multiple times a day. Give a person even the most powerful computer, and pretty soon it will be cluttered with apps, extensions, and things that are too much for it to handle. To reverse it, one has to go back and сlean up the mess, removing memory agents one by one. Prepare for a fight — every byte of memory is at stake. So let’s put your Mac on a diet and get it more free RAM to breathe freely.
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“Your system has run out of application memory”
How do you know your Mac is low on memory? Floating “rainbow wheels” aside, you may notice your Mac now takes ages to load. You’ll also see many browser applications crashing. You’ll be also thrown warning messages as “Your system has run out of application memory”. To help it, you should first visit the Activity monitor to see memory usage on Mac.
How to check RAM usage on Mac
Go to Applications and type in Activity Monitor in the search bar. This invokes a good old Activity Monitor that should tell how much free memory you’ve got left.
A shortcut to open Activity Monitor:
Press F4 and start typing Activity Monitor in the search bar.
I’ve attached a screenshot from my Mac and as you can see my memory usage almost reached full capacity. Here’s what it all means:
App memory: taken by apps and processes
Wired memory: reserved by apps, can’t be freed up
Compressed: inactive, can be used by other apps
Swap used: memory used by macOS
Cached files: memory you can really use
Notice the colored graph under Memory Pressure. If your graph is all but red and yellow, your Mac is really gasping for fresh memory. It seems counter-intuitive, but “available memory” your Activity Monitor is not that important after all. In fact, it’s a system intended behavior to use all memory resources when available. On the contrary, the Memory Pressure graph is much more telling, so grow a habit to check this graph in the Activity Monitor every now and then.
How to check CPU usage on Mac
Open the CPU tab in Activity Monitor to keep in check CPU-heavy processes. Normally an app would be using 0-4% of CPU. If it takes abnormally more than that, go inside that particular item in the list and press the Quit button.
How to free up memory on Mac
Tip # 1. Remove Login Items to lower Mac memory usage
Login items are programs that load automatically upon Mac startup. Some of them covertly add themselves to the list and this is no good. If you’re looking to free up RAM, they are the first candidates for deletion. Don’t worry, you’re not deleting the app itself, you just stop it from auto-launching every time.
So, to remove Login Items and at the same time reduce your memory usage of your Mac, you need to:
- Open System Preferences and select Users & Groups.
- Click your nickname on the left.
- Select the Login Items tab.
- Check programs you don’t want to load as your Mac starts.
- Press the “–” sign below.
Now, you won’t see these apps pop up the moment you turn on your Mac. Although this method doesn’t require some superpowers of yours, some special Mac optimization and memory cleaner tools may do the job faster and ensure the smooth performance of your Mac. CleanMyMac X is an excellent example of such software. Here’s how to disable Login Items with CleanMyMac X:
- Download it for free and go to the Optimization tab.
- Check Login Items to see the list of apps that get opened when you start your Mac.
- Click Remove.
As you’ve already come to the Optimization module of CleanMyMac, you can also fix hung apps and heavy memory consumers there. In this way, you’ll free up the solid amount of RAM on Mac — 100% free of charge.
Tip # 2. Free up disk space if Mac is low on memory
The available space on your Mac’s drive translates into virtual memory. This comes to save you when you’ve run out of physical RAM. So now your computer relies on your hard drive space to keep your apps going.
The classic geek rule of thumb holds it that you should keep at least 20% of disk space on your startup drive. Not only this potentially reduces your future spending on iCloud storage but it also keeps your Mac speedier.
What to delete to free up space:
- Large unused files, like movies
- Old downloads
- Rarely used applications
- System junk
But here’s a simpler solution to save your time — clean up your drive with CleanMyMac X— the app I’ve mentioned above. Many users recommend it as an excellent way to free up more space because it searches for large & old files, useless system files, Photo junk, mail attachments and shows everything you can safely delete. Interestingly, it finds about 74 GB of junk on an average computer.
Extra trick: How to free up RAM on Mac with CleanMyMac X
If you have downloaded CleanMyMac, you may also take advantage of its amazing feature — the ability to free up RAM in a few seconds. Try this next time you see “Your system has run out of application memory” message.
- Go to the Maintenance tab on the left.
- Click Free Up RAM.
- Click Run.
As simple as that!
And you can do it even if you download a free version of the app.
Tip # 3. Clean up your Desktop
This tip always comes at the bottom of instructions and unfairly so as it is quite effective. Without even looking at your Desktop I would assume it’s cluttered with mountains of icons. Thing is, your macOS was designed in a way that it treats every Desktop icon as a little active window. The more icons, the heavier memory usage on Mac. So in order to release available memory resources, it’s recommended to keep your Desktop clean.
You don’t have to do it all by yourself. With apps like Declutter and Spotless, every desktop cleaning session will be scheduled in advance and executed automatically. Your only job is to define the rules on how your files should be organized.
Tip #4. Clear cache files
Another way to free up RAM on Mac is to clear it of cache files. Of course, it won’t save you gigabytes of space, but deleting cache regularly, you can help your Mac run faster and avoid system issues.
So, to remove cache files on your Mac, you need to:
- Open Finder.
- From the Go menu, select Go to Folder.
- Type ~/Library/Caches in the field and press Go.
- In the window that appears, you will see all your cache files.
- Press Command+A to select all files or delete files one by one.
- Enter your user name and password to confirm.
If you find some files still in the folder after you emptied it, maybe you have some windows open on your Mac. Just like that, you can save up some space on your Mac. Don’t forget to empty the bin afterward.
Tip # 5. Tune up Chrome’s Task Manager
Although Google Chrome is not the one to blame for massive memory usage, it can indeed affect your Mac's performance. If you use Chrome as your primary browser, you probably have many windows opened there. Chrome runs a lot of processes to ensure a fast browsing experience for you. So, it uses your RAM for storing your tabs, plugins, and extensions. Look at how many entries Google Chrome has in Activity Monitor:
The question then arises, 'Why does Chrome use so much RAM?' The thing is that each process is responsible for a separate plugin or extension of your browser. For example, when a tab unexpectedly falls, you need to refresh it to continue your work there. If one process were responsible for all tabs and extensions, you would need to restart the whole browser instead. Can you imagine how many times would you do that? That’s the proper answer to why Chrome uses so much RAM.
I’ve been using Chrome for some years only to discover (recently) that Chrome had a task manager of its own. You can use it to force quit memory-heavy processes in the browser. It’s a handy tool because it lets you see how a page weighs on CPU usage on a Mac.
- Go to Chrome settings (dotted icon in the top right corner)
- Click More tools -> Task Manager
To free up even more RAM, close the GPU process. The GPU Process, though helpful in theory to accelerate pages, eats up a considerable amount of memory. Click to end it to free up RAM on your Mac.
Tip # 6. Manage RAM usage with CleanMyMac X menu
CleanMyMac X has another useful and convenient feature for managing your Mac’s performance and memory usage. As you install CleanMyMac X and start it for the first time, it’s icon will appear in your menu bar. Click the icon to open the CleanMyMac X menu. Here you can find updates on the current condition of your Mac and perform quick tweaks to increase your Mac's speed. Whenever you feel like your Mac underperforms, open the CleanMyMac X menu to check how much RAM is available and free it up as well.
Tip # 7. Close Finder windows
Okay, suppose you’re still asking yourself, how do I clear RAM on my MacBook Pro/MacBook Air. The next trick is as magical (you’ll see for yourself) as it is time-saving. It’s no secret that each window in the Finder eats up RAM. But how many open windows are there? Some of them are collapsed or stacked in some blind spot on your screen. This Finder command merges all your windows into one. See how to do it:
Click on Finder > Window > Merge All Windows
Now you can manage Finder windows more effectively and free up memory on MacBook.
What else you can do to minimize memory usage on Mac
I’ve saved the easiest tips for the end, as long as these ones are self-explanatory.
- Replace AdBlock (very memory-demanding) with a lighter extension
- Keep fewer opened tabs in the browser
- Restart your Mac more often to free up RAM
- Close all hung-up print queues
That was my take on how to make your Mac a bit speedier to use. If you’re looking for more guidance, check simple ways to speed up your Mac.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to check application memory on Mac?
To check RAM usage on your Mac, go to Activity Monitor (Applications > Utilities). In the Memory tab, you will see all the active processes that are using your Mac’s RAM. At the end of the window, there is a Memory Used graph, which indicates how much application memory is used.
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How to find out whether your Mac needs more RAM?
Your Mac may be using almost all its RAM, but you don’t need more if it’s using it efficiently. Open Activity Monitor and go to the Memory tab. The Memory Pressure graph shows the current condition of your RAM: green color means your Mac’s using RAM effectively, while yellow is a sign that some application or process is using too much of application memory. The red memory pressure signals that your Mac needs more RAM.
How to quickly free up RAM on your MacBook?
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To free up RAM on your Mac, firstly, you should find out what app uses so much of your memory. The memory-heavy programs are listed in Activity Monitor, Memory tab. If there is an app you aren’t using at the moment, click it and press the “X” sign to quit it. This will, in turn, free some of the application memory.