Opera is smart. It’s one of the reasons we love it so much: good looks and brains!
For example, double click on some text (or click-drag to select text and then right-click) and here’s what you’ll see:
Mac OS X:
The good old reliable copy option, just like you’ve been used to in pretty much every application that deals with text in any way. If you don’t know what that is, I’m not sure I can explain it to you… in fact, you’re probably unable to read this.
Copy to note
You do remember Day 19: Notes, right? Well here ya go, take the text you have selected and make it into a Note.
Speak (Windows only)
In conjunction with IBM, Opera for Windows has the ability to speak text (and respond to verbal commands). Cool, eh? Yeah, we’ll talk more about that later, but what you need to know here is that you can just grab some text and have it read to you while you… well, who knows… read your email? File that stack of papers that’s been sitting on your desk for a month?
Take the selected text and search in the default search engine (the default is Google, or as defined in search.ini.)
Gives you the option to search any of the search engines defined in your search.ini file. Default search engines are Google, Opera Web(s), Amazon, Price Comparison, Ebay.com, Download.com, Google groups, Google News, and Opera support. (You might want to look at the default search.ini if you want to modify your custom search.ini to include some of the above)
Look up selected word in the dictionary, defined in, get this, search.ini!
(You can kinda see where this is going, right?) Look up the selected word in the encyclopedia.
Take selected text, translate it into another language.
Go to URL
Take selected text and open it as an URL. This is handy on forums and comment boards where people may post an URL but are not allowed to make proper <A HREF links.
Send by mail
Take the selected text and enter it as the body of a new email message, using the <TITLE> as the Subject: of the message. (Note: Opera doesn’t include the URL in the message, which seems like a bug to me.)
They used to say “Let your fingers do the walking” but why stop there? With Opera you can let your fingers do the searchin’