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How to Change the Search Engine on Opera Mobile Default Homepage

When Opera announced that it had “named Yahoo as the exclusive provider of mobile search on … Opera Miniâ„¢ and Opera Mobileâ„¢“, there were mixed responses, depending on people’s preferences.

The seemingly easiest solution for those with different preferences is to change the browser homepage to the desired search engine, or any page in general. That’s what I did initially. I then realized that having a homepage that is located on a remote server would make the browser take longer to load as it tries to access the site and download then render its contents.

I decided to edit the homepage file that Opera uses. This may or may not work for you. I’m using Opera Mobile 8.65beta on Windows Mobile 6 Pocket PC Phone. I saw that the homepage was a local file so I navigated to it.

On my setup, home.html is located in: \Application Data\Opera\startpage\

While connected via ActiveSync, click on Explorer. Navigate to the file and copy it to the hard drive. Open the file in your favorite html editor, using code view.

Go to your favorite search engine, either the regular or mobile version based on your preferences/needs. View the source. Search for the part of the code that renders the search form. It should start with <form and end with </form>. Copy the code.

Return to the home.html file that you’re editing. Search the code for the form tags and replace it with what was copied from the preferred search engine.

Double-check the action attribute in the form tag. If it is a relative path, you will need to edit it since it won’t work when used in a file that is local to the mobile device. Go back to the search engine page and get the full path to prepend to the path in the action attribute path. If the path is a full path that starts with “http://” then you’re golden and good to go.

Save the file on the hard drive. Copy the file over to the Pocket PC. Check out the file in Opera. While you’re editing the homepage to have the preferred search engine, you can edit for any other reason, like adding links to favorite pages.

Final Wii Browser Available

Last night, my Nintendo Wii greeted me with its pretty blue light. I turned it on to see what awaited me. I honestly had no idea. I clicked on the Message icon and it showed that Nintendo had sent a message announcing the Final Wii Browser was available. Yipee!

I did the system update in preparation for the download. It didn’t stall like it did last time. I went to the Shopping Channel to download the browser.

The Final version lives up to what it promises. It loads up quicker than before.

The Start Page has more useful offerings, including a link to Operations Guide and Settings. I think the Search button is new, too.

The Operations Guide led me to useful information about the extra functionality that I wanted out of the browser, namely navigating without having to move the cursor on the screen. I tend to prefer using keyboard shortcuts or mouse button clicks to navigate when I browse. I found it annoying that I had to click the Back button on the toolbar to go back. It turns out that that’s not my only option. The Controls section of the Guide shows that using B and the – buttons on the wiimotes will return the browser to the last page viewed. A lot, if not all, of other toolbar buttons can be accessed with the B-combo, which minimizes the need for having the toolbar visible.

I don’t know if the Trial version had these extra buttons/combos, but I couldn’t have known without the manual, which wasn’t available, as far as I know.

Highlights of the options in the Settings include being able to pick the preference on the visibility of the Toolbar (Always display, Auto-hide, Toggle with 1). It lets us choose between two search engines: Google and Yahoo. There’s also an option to delete cookies, which was something I had actually wanted to do after noticing how a webpage wasn’t behaving the way I thought it should.

I don’t remember if I put Yahoo in my Favorites, but it’s there. I tried out Yahoo Music Videos and it got as far as showing the player with the playlist on the righthand side. However, the video doesn’t work. :( I guess that is some progress since before, the player wouldn’t even display.

The scroll functionality is different from in the Trial version. It takes some getting used to, but I think it’s an improvement.

Unfortunately, it looks like it doesn’t have Flash Player version 8 installed, as evidenced by the Google Talk Homepage gadget error message. I also can’t view videos on nbc.com nor abc.com. At least I can watch youtube and Google Videos.