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ScriptKeeper Guide & FAQ

This post details the various interface elements and options of ScriptKeeper, as well as providing a FAQ.


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A Minimalist Opera Context Menu Mod

If you're like me most browser context (right-click) menus feel a little crowded. Opera in particular has many great menu options, but sometimes a slimmer version would be appreciated. This minimalist mod brings context menus back to just the essentials. The result is almost Safari-like in it's simplicity, without losing any Opera goodness.

All the original items are left in the modified .ini menu file, but commented out with a semi-colon. If you prefer any of the original items feel free to uncomment them back by removing the semi-colon.

Compatible with both Windows and OSX.


Essential Time-saving Tips For Every Opera Lover

Those of you who've used Opera for a while have by now come to know some of the browser's little secrets, including useful features that many users are unaware of.

This post serves to highlight some of the most commonly used Opera treats, as well as some that may have escaped even the uber user!

Alternate shortcuts denote the equivelent shortcut in OSX.


Create Your Own Time-saving Custom Search!

One of Opera's standout yet under-promoted features is the ability to add any search engine to the Search box. It's a nice time-saver that allows you to make searches without having first to visit the site.

Try it out: right-click any search box and there will be a 'Create Search' item in the context menu.

You can also set a keyword to search the site directly from the addressbar, in this example using 'y' before the query to search Youtube.

Read on for further unique custom searches! Including Google Maps, Bitly shortened URLs, currency conversion, reverse image lookup and more.


Drag-and-drop Custom Toolbar Buttons

Every Opera-loving geek has his/her own collection of customized buttons, anything from showing/hiding panels to running a bookmarklet. So below I've compiled some I've found handy into their own post.

To add any of the buttons to your toolbar simply drag them there, and click 'Ok' to the dialog message.

  • Auto translation The first button will translate either the selected text or the entire page to English depending on whether any text is selected.

    The second button opens Google's own translation toolbar, which can translate foreign text to any language in-place without reloading the page.
    The second button is currently broken as part of the code gets removed in the output (fully escaping it doesn't help). If anyone has suggestions add a comment smile Original bookmarklet here.
  • Go to the Home page of a site Loads the home page of the current site. Thanks to Usopion for the button. Alternatively you can copy the following javascript and use it for your home page. javascript:location.href=location.protocol+'//'+location.hostname;
  • Shorten URL using Bitly Creates a shortened URL of the currently viewed page. Credit to Andrea for the script. The button uses the even shorter domain, also by bitly.

    Alternatively use this bookmarkletand give it a nickname to launch it from the addressbar (strip everything before 'javascript') .
  • QR code generator Displays the QR code for the current page in a large lightbox, perfect for sharing links with mobile devices. Thanks to Frenzie for the recommendation, credit to Shaun Ault for the script. Find the bookmarklet version on the original site.

Read on for more custom buttons! Updated whenever I find exciting new buttons.


Making Keyboard Shortcuts Way Easier To Remember

Occasionally I'll stumble upon some Opera gem, and a few weeks back I found Tamil's brilliant Mnemonic Keyboard Shortcuts piece he wrote for his ever-growing Opera tips blog.

In a nutshell it's a way to create easy-to-remember keyboard shortcuts for Opera by typing out abbreviations of the command you want to use.

For example typing "chrome" could be set up to open the current page in the Chrome browser.

Whhhy oh why! wink

Or using 'exten' to toggle the extension icons.

Read on for more shortcuts, including handy ones like "pin" to pin/unpin tabs.


Userscripts! Installing User-made Scripts In Opera

Userscripts are useful modifications of existing website functionality. Some add features that are lacking, others change features and some remove elements that the creator feels unnecessary.

Userscripts run on a website automatically, there are no toolbar buttons to click, they simply do their job as you visit the page.

In the Blog sidebar I've added some links to various userscripts that I've found useful. Below I 've chosen the Youtube Downloader Button userscript for the setup instructions.

The Youtube Downloader userscript adds a natively-styled download button to all Youtube videos. An Opera extension is also available based on this userscript.