Nevertheless, we like several of Opera's interface goodies, such as the Google search field with a pull-down menu that lets you select other search engines. We also like search fields specifically for Amazon and eBay. A handy zoom field in the toolbar lets you instantly enlarge or shrink the display of the Web page. Like Safari, Opera lets you easily turn pop-up blocking on and off (because you may need to allow pop-ups on certain Web sites). Opera also offers user customization similar to the levels found in Internet Explorer, and it includes good security features, including a cookie manager. Opera supports tabbed browsing, but unfortunately, when you Control+click a Web link, you can't open it in a new tab, as you can in other browsers; you only get to open a new window.
The free version of Opera includes a banner ad in the toolbar, but it also has a handy zoom menu and search fields for Google, eBay, and Amazon.
You won't find much Mac-specific help for Opera--the Help menu commands take you to Web-based support, which we found thin and PC-centric. You can get e-mail support if you register.