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frankbell 06-07-2013 06:00 PM

Opera Browser Not Saving Custom Default Search Engine Settings
I have encountered this with Opera 12.15 on both Slackware --Current and Debian Wheezy.

I set Startpage to be my search engine for the search window in the address bar and for the speed dial.

When I exit and restart Opera, the default is reset to Google. The problem is recurring regularly and consistently.

Has anyone else encountered this?

rigor 06-07-2013 07:18 PM

I'm using Opera 12.02 and I never have that problem. Have you used older Opera versions, and if so, did you have the same problem?

druuna 06-08-2013 03:06 AM

@frankbell: Same here.

Bug/"undocumented feature" was introduced in version 12.15 / build 1748 and only seems to happen on the start-page / speed-dial page.

frankbell 06-08-2013 05:27 PM

Thankd, druuna.

I still have v. 12.14 on one computer and it behaves properly.

salasi 06-12-2013 03:15 PM

Same here. Frank, I am glad that you posted this, because I was beginning to get worried that I was the only one noticing this odd behaviour.

Anyway, openSUSE/Opera 12.15 is 'bad', and a recent previous version* was 'good'.

It seems to apply to both the little search box towards the top right and the search engine on the speed dial page (although, I am only really bothered about the drop-down search box, as I don't use the search engine function on the speed dial page). The behaviour is that you can change the 'default' but that makes absolutely no difference when you close and re-start Opera. It always 'defaults' to Google, no matter what you set as the 'default'.

I can't see any real explanation, other than a bug. Or, at least, I can't see any explanation in which this behaviour an advantage for the user.

* (Not sure if this was 12.14, or not as openSUSE do not officially take every update, unless there are security implications...with browsers there quite often are, so you do get most, but not all, versions. Anyway, back as far as 12.10 I'm pretty much certain that it was 'good', and probably a few minor versions beyond that, and by 12.15 it was certainly 'bad'.)

frankbell 06-12-2013 07:11 PM

This is the first version on which I have noticed the issue, and I usually stay pretty current.

Like you, I rely heavily on the search window in the arrow bar, so I'm training myself to reset the search engines upon start up until this goes away. I like Opera enough that I shan't abandon it just over this.

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