Setting the window size and location for Opera

For a number of years my web browser of choice has been Firefox; however, the release of Version 57 (Quantum) broke all the “legacy” add-ons that I was using. (See: “Farewell past, happy dreams of days gone by”) My solution to this dilemma was to switch to a different browser and I found that Opera had all the features and plug-ins that I required. However, one thing that didn’t work “out of the box” in Opera was its inability to remember the size and location of its window.

“Farewell past, happy dreams of days gone by”
Giuseppe Verdi, La Traviata

Opera opened in a window that was centered on the screen, which was acceptable, but at much too small a size to be useful. This meant always having to grab a corner of the app’s window and drag it across the screen, to make the window bigger, before getting down to any useful task. So, the trick was to have Opera open with a customized size and location.

There are a lot of posts on the web complaining that this feature is currently unavailable and/or has been removed from an earlier version of Opera; however, there doesn’t seem to be a cohesive post providing a workaround. Fortunately, there are several posts discussing various command-line options that can be used with Opera and other browsers. By combining the information from a number of such posts, I was able to develop a command that would open Opera at a fixed size and in a fixed location on the screen.

I use a program launcher in the panel to open the browser so my procedure was as follows:

(1) Right-click on the program launcher for Opera and select Edit

(2) In the Command field, expand the command from opera %U to:

opera %U --window-size=1500,900 --window-position=80,80

(3) Click on OK to save the changes

Now, when Opera is launched from the icon in the panel, the browser opens in a window of 1500×900 pixels located 80 pixels from the left side of the screen, and 80 pixels from the top of the screen.

While the above-noted pixel values (the generic parameters are in the form x,y) work for my display, obviously these may be changed to suit a different screen size and user preference.



Opera’s Command Line Options

Sizing Problem with Opera Beta Browser [SOLVED]

Thread: Opera Window Position/Size

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Sort folders before files in LibreOffice

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Tweaking Cinnamon’s menu in Linux Mint

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Installing Wine in Linux Mint Tara

Anyone wishing to install Wine in Linux Mint Version 19 (Tara), and looking at the entries produced by a search in Software Manager, is faced with a fairly bewildering choice of installation options. I don’t claim to know the most efficient means of installing Wine, but I did find a procedure that worked on my 64-bit system.
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Vertical Scroll Bars in Linux Mint Tara

The latest release of Linux Mint (Version 19 – Tara) uses the Mint-Y theme. Unfortunately this provides a thin scroll bar in LibreOffice Writer, does not display the single line up/down controls, and offers, to my mind, a rather strange method for navigating through the text.
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