Extra buttons in Opera 7.5 and 8


It is possible to create extra buttons on the main toolbar in Opera 7 and Opera 8.

These two images show a Russian page were I shift between Encoding "Automatic selection" and "Thai" using the extra buttons in the main toolbar.

My "Quintarian 2.4" skin is used, modified to support the "Thai" and "Auto" extra buttons.

Encoding: Auto

Encoding: Thai


You can add new buttons to Opera with drag'n'drop, because Opera recognizes this special type of hyperlink:

<a href="opera:/button/[action text]" title="[default button title]">[link]</a>

Replace [action text] with the button action, on the format:
 [action], "[parameter]", "", , "[button-name]"
See the standard_menu.ini file for examples of the actions that can be used (an action is the part after the = sign).

Replace [default button title] with the title for the button.

Replace [link] with the drag'n'drop-link text or image.

The drag'n'drop link for the Thai button looks like this:
<A HREF='opera:/button/Set encoding, "iso-8859-11", "", , "Thai_button"' title="Thai"><IMG SRC="q5br23_thai.png" WIDTH="42" HEIGHT="38" BORDER="0" ALT="Thai"></A>

For the Thai button [action] is Set encoding, [parameter] is iso-8859-11, [button-name] is Thai_button, [default button title] is Thai, and [link] is an image.

And the drag'n'drop link for the Auto button looks like this:
<A HREF='opera:/button/Set encoding, "", "", , "Auto_button"' title="Auto"><IMG SRC="q5br23_auto.png" WIDTH="42" HEIGHT="38" BORDER="0" ALT="Auto"></A>

For the Auto button [action] is Set encoding, [parameter] is empty, [button-name] is Auto_button, [default button title] is Auto, and [link] is an image.


 Step 1 - Installing the skin:

  1. Start Opera 7.5 or Opera 8.
  2. In the menu, click "Help" - "About Opera" and the "opera:about" page will open. Look in the section "Paths" to find the "Opera directory"
  3. A subfolder to the Opera directory named "Skin" is where user skin files are stored, for example "C:\Program files\Opera\profile\Skin\".
  4. Download the file q5br24o7xx.zip to this skin folder.
    Don't unzip the file!
  5. In the menu, click "View" - "Skin" and then click on "q5br24o7xx" to choose this skin.

 Step 2 - Installing the extra buttons:

  1. Drag this "Thai" button Thai from this page to the toolbar.
    (Place your mouse pointer on the button image, press and hold down the left mouse button, and drag the button image to the toolbar of your choice.)
    I suggest placing the Thai button to the right on the toolbar.
  2. The "New button" dialog will pop up and ask if you want to use this button, click OK. (Image: large small)
  3. Drag this "Auto" button Auto from this page to the toolbar.
    (Place your mouse pointer on the button image, press and hold down the left mouse button, and drag the button image to the toolbar of your choice.)
    I suggest placing the Auto button to the right on the toolbar.
  4. The "New button" dialog will pop up and ask if you want to use this button, click OK. (Image: large small)

The "actions" for the new buttons are copied from standard_menu.ini

Notice that I invented new button labels, so I had to add button images and support for these new buttons in my skin, see the definition of the buttons in the [images] section of the skin.ini file (Image).

Notice: the modified "skin.ini" file and the new button images are included in the q5br24o7xx skin.


See also Rijk van Geijtenbeek's page Drag'n'drop buttons for Opera for more on installing extra Opera 7 buttons.


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