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How to duplicate (clone) a tab with its browsing history in Opera?

April 26, 2007

One of the neat tab features of the Opera browser that I use every so often is duplicating tabs. It comes in useful when you want to go back in the tab’s history, while staying on the same page.

What does it mean to “duplicate” a tab?
Opera clones the current tab with its browsing history, and still allowing you use the “Back” button in the cloned tab.

How to duplicate a tab in Opera?
Opera offers three methods for duplicating tabs (that I’m aware of)

  1. Right-click on the tab in the tab bar, and click on “Duplicate” (see screenshot below).
  2. Using Opera’s popular Mouse Gestures, hold down the right mouse button while moving down and then up then release the mouse button.
  3. Using your keyboard press the following buttons together: CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+N. It’s kind of a long keyboard shortcut, but it works. 🙂

Duplicating a tab in Opera

Categories: Desktop, Opera Tips
  1. Anonymous
    April 26, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    In Opera, keyboard shortcuts can be custom-mapped. Thus, it is possible to have a shorter keyboard command for duplicating a tab. That’s another reason why customizability is superior.

  2. April 26, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    I actually use this keyboard shortcut quite often. Whenever I need a copy of the current tab, it’s Ctrl+Alt+Shift+N.

  3. cousin333
    April 26, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    Are you boring, so you publish this small “article”? 🙂

    Anyway, that’s a well known and often used feature for me. One reason I love Opera (because the history also duplicated, not just the tab).

  4. April 26, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    cousin333, I’m not sure I understand your first sentence. Every so often I like to blog some tips about Opera. 🙂

  5. cousin333
    April 26, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    They are the minority (those articles). And this tipp is even “smaller” than the others. 🙂 Or, at least, it looks like that for me… Never mind, it’s late 🙂

    By the way: when I wrote that post, I was listed as “using Opera 9.20 on Windows Vista”, which was true. How the hell did it become Windows XP?

  6. Steven
    April 26, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    4. Right-click on tab, drag down.

    The quickest way 🙂

  7. April 26, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    cousin333, your originally comment was held for moderation. I accidentally deleted it, instead of approving it. So I reposted under your name. 🙂

  8. Brotherbob
    April 26, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    I await for an article to show me how to close a tab…

  9. April 26, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    Steven, your number 4 doesn’t work for me, it just opens a new tab – seems to be a customized gesture and I’m interested in the section it’s in (Tools – Preferences – Advanced – Shortcut – Mousegestures+Edit – Quickfind: “duplicate”, what’s the headline?)

    Daniel, i got two other useful possibilities to use duplicate (little customizing needed):
    4. Menu: Window – Duplicate
    5. Custom Button on any toolbar except personal bar (Tab bar would be the natural choice)

    needed customizing:
    for 4: Tools – Preferences – Advanced – Browsing + check: “Show window menu”
    for 5: drag (up or down, not left or right) the “Duplicate” button from
    OperaWiki – CustomButtons “Duplicate Current Page (with ‘Cascade’ image)”
    TTT-Buttons (several “Duplicate” buttons)

    There are even more sophisticated buttons for duplicated tabs, e.g. have both tabs (the original and the duplicated tab) visible on the screen next to each other with “Split page” (only vertically worked for me) on Non-Troppo’s OperaWiki. The mentioned “Split-Screen Mode button” doesn’t work relyably (probably due to a timing problem), but you can do this manually:
    Minimize all (via right click on tab + arrange OR menu window OR my minimize all button)
    & Restore page (simply click on the tab)
    & Duplicate page (described above)
    & Tile horizontally or vertically (same place as minimize all)
    If you have only one tab open it’s much easier, just duplicate and tile.
    Background: only not minimized tabs are tiled, which is the same behaviour as on the Windows (XP) task bar.

    For the “Create linked” button on Tomu’s TTT-page: this creates a linked tab from the current tab and if you click on any link on the current tab the link-target is opened in the linked tab (which you can drag off the Opera window to the desktop and further to a second screen). You can achieve the same manually by the Create linked menu entries next to the Duplicate tab entries (Right click on tab or Menu: Windows).

  10. April 26, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    Brotherbob, hehe… 🙂

  11. April 27, 2007 at 12:35 am

    That’s a nice feature… I’ll have to find an extension for that. 🙂

  12. Gleb Arestov
    April 27, 2007 at 4:29 am

    It is old stuff.

  13. April 27, 2007 at 4:46 am

    For some reason I am so used to do it the hard way with all browsers, at least it works in most browsers except IE:


    😀 Looks hard, but it has become second nature, and it’s hard to turn around 🙂 Thought it doesn’t copy the history, but most often when I do it, is becuse I need the history, but only in one tab.

    – ØØ –

  14. April 27, 2007 at 6:44 am

    so how about making the next article about ‘customising opera’ – menus, keycommands, mousecommands…

    also ‘extending opera’ buttons can be defined, using the info from menus, etc…

    Tomus page shows what can be done, but may be frightening for newer users…

  15. April 27, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks for the tip Daniel.

    I have been using Opera as my primary browser since shortly after the dawm of time. Okay, more like version 3.62. Opera is so feature rich that I am still discovering useful features all the time.

    Keep the tips coming!

  16. April 27, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    I had not found this feature.

    Useful for replies on MySpace, since the original thread is not shown to check what you want to comment on. Hence, need for duplicate tab.

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