How to change the colours in Opera 9 for Mac OS X

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

Note: The following abbreviations for keys on the Mac are used: Ctrl is used for the Control key, Apple is used for the Command key, and Alt is used for the Option key. For keyboard access, make sure 'Full keyboard access' is turned on - you can turn it on or off by pressing Ctrl + F1 at any time.

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Changing colours in Opera 9 for Mac OS X

Change your colours in Opera 9

Step 1: Open the 'Preferences' window

Click on 'Opera' in the menu bar and then 'Preferences' from the drop-down menu, as shown in Fig 1, or press Apple + ' , ' (comma).

Fig 1'Opera' drop-down menu

This will open the 'Preferences' window shown in Fig 2. If the 'Web pages' tab is not already selected, click on it or press Alt + Tab until the 'Web pages' tab is selected.

Fig 2'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 2, it says 'Times'), or press Tab until the button is highlighted and then press the Spacebar, to open the 'Select font' window shown in Fig 3.

Fig 3'Select font' window

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-picker window shown in Fig 4.

Fig 4'Colors' palette window

Click the bar on the right to change the brightness level of the colour, or press Tab until the slider is highlighted and then use the up and down arrow keys to change the brightness.

Click on the colour circle to choose a colour. You can also slide around the colours by clicking and holding down the mouse button. Or press Tab to highlight the spot on the colour circle and then use the arrow keys to move around.

When you are happy with your colour choice, click the 'OK' button (on some versions you may need to click the red close button), or press Enter to return to the 'Select font' window. Click the 'OK' button, or 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 2), 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-picker window shown in Fig 5.

Fig 5'Preferences' window and the pop-up colour palette window

Click the bar on the right to change the brightness level of the colour, or press Tab until the slider is highlighted and then use the up and down arrow keys to change the brightness.

Click on the colour circle to choose a colour. You can also slide around the colours by clicking and holding down the mouse button. Or press Tab to highlight the spot on the colour circle and then use the arrow keys to move around.

When you are happy with your colour choice, click the 'OK' button (on some versions you may need to click the red close 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 2), click on the 'Advanced' tab or press Alt + Tab until the 'Advanced' tab is selected, as shown in Fig 6.

Fig 6'Preferences' window showing the 'Advanced' tab

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

Click on the 'Style Options' button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press the Spacebar, to open the 'Style options' window shown in Fig 7.

Click on the 'Presentation modes' tab, or press Alt + 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 7'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 Enter, to return to the 'Preferences' window. Then click the 'OK' button, or 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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