How to change the colours in Opera 9 for Linux

This page explains step-by-step how to change the text and background colours in the Opera 9 web browser running on Linux systems.

Note that the video and images show how to change colours in Opera for Windows, however they are very similar to Opera for Linux.

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Changing colours and fonts in Opera 9 for Windows

Change your colours in Opera 9

Step 1: Open the 'Preferences' window

Click on 'Tools' in the menu bar and then 'Preferences' from the drop-down menu. Or press Alt + T and then press R. This will open the 'Preferences' window shown in Fig 1.

If the 'Web pages' tab is not already selected, click on it or press Ctrl + Tab until the 'Web pages' tab is selected. (On older versions of Opera, you may need to press Alt + Page Down instead of Ctrl + Tab.)

Fig 1'Preferences' window showing the 'Web pages' tab

Step 2: Change the text colour

Click on the button next to 'Normal font' (in the example in Fig 1, it says 'Times New Roman'), or press Tab until the button is highlighted and then press the Spacebar, to open the 'Select font' window shown in Fig 2.

Fig 2'Select font' window

To choose your text colour, click on the colour box beneath the 'Color' header, or press Tab until the colour box is highlighted and then press the Spacebar, to open the colour palette shown in Fig 3.

Fig 3'Color' palette window

Click on the colour you want, or press Tab until one of the 'Basic colors' is highlighted, then use the arrow keys to move to the colour you want and then press the Spacebar to select it.

When you are happy with your colour choice, click the 'OK' button, or press Enter to return to the 'Select font' window. Click the 'OK' button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to return to the 'Preferences' window.

If you do not want to change the background colour or link colours, go to Step 4.

Step 3: Change the background or link colours

In the 'Preferences' window (Fig 1), click on the colour box next to 'Background color', or press Tab until the colour box is highlighted and then press the Spacebar, to bring up the colour palette shown in Fig 3.

Click on the colour you want, or press Tab until one of the 'Basic colors' is highlighted, then use the arrow keys to move to the colour you want and then press the Spacebar to select it.

When you are happy with your colour choice, click the 'OK' button, or press Enter, to return to the 'Preferences' window.

Using the same steps, you can also choose different colours for hyperlinks.

Step 4: Tell Opera to use your colours

Once you have made all of your colour changes, you will need to change the settings to tell Opera to use your colours.

In the 'Preferences' window (Fig 1), click on the 'Advanced' tab or press Ctrl + Tab until the 'Advanced' tab is selected, as shown in Fig 4.

Fig 4'Preferences' window showing the 'Advanced' tab

In the left-hand pane, click on 'Content' or use the up and down arrow keys to select it.

Click on the 'Style Options' button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to open the 'Style options' window shown in Fig 5.

Click on the 'Presentation modes' tab, or press Ctrl + Tab until the 'Presentation modes' tab is selected. By ticking or unticking the boxes here, you can tell Opera to ignore the colours specified by the web pages and instead to use your colours.

Fig 5'Style options' window showing the 'Presentation modes' tab

Untick the boxes next to 'Page style sheet' and 'Page fonts and colors' under both the 'Author mode' and 'User mode' headers. You can do this by clicking on the boxes, or by pressing Tab until a box is selected and then pressing the Spacebar to untick it.

Tick the boxes next to 'My fonts and colours' under both the 'Author mode' and 'User mode' headers. If you changed colours for the 'Normal link colour' or the 'Visited link color', you will also need to tick the boxes beside 'My link style'.

Click the 'OK' button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to return to the 'Preferences' window (Fig 4). Then click the 'OK' button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to return to Opera.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

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