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Expand the choice of colour schemes available in Opera with this simple hack.

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There are plenty of ways to customize Opera, from skinning to full control over menus, that add to its appeal. Once you have added a skin, the use of alpha-faded PNGs means you can then apply a colour scheme to any skin, giving you far more options than the standard colours chosen by the creator of the skin. Unfortunately, Opera only comes with 9 colour scheme presets, a somewhat limited choice. Fortunately, all it takes is Notepad and two minutes spare to add a couple of hundred more options to the list. All you need to do is follow the following simple instructions:

  1. Save this text into any text editor.
  2. Close Opera.
  3. Open Menu.ini with any text editor.
  4. Search for "[Color Scheme Menu]".

You should now see a short list of the colours already included with Opera, along with their colour schemes, looking very much like the below:

Item, "Gold" = Set skin coloring, #803C00 Item, "Sand" = Set skin coloring, #BD9431 Item, "Jungle" = Set skin coloring, #2FB35E Item, "Sea" = Set skin coloring, #2F83B3 Item, "Blue" = Set skin coloring, #001E80 Item, "Indigo" = Set skin coloring, #606090 Item, "Purple" = Set skin coloring, #4B0082 Item, "Crimson" = Set skin coloring, #DC143C Item, "Red" = Set skin coloring, #900000

Now, replace that list with the following one. Please note that colours in the new list whose names are the same as colours in the list above have had a 2 appended to them. You may well wish to just delete them - they have been included for the sake of completeness.

Once you have done that, save Menu.ini, and restart Opera. Go to View > Colour Schemes to see the new list, and toy with your newly-enhanced browser to your heart's content. You can actually preview the colours listed here at http://members.tripod.com/rebbekka/colour.htm if you feel the need.

Item, "Gold" = Set skin coloring, #803C00 Item, "Sand" = Set skin coloring, #BD9431 Item, "Jungle" = Set skin coloring, #2FB35E Item, "Sea" = Set skin coloring, #2F83B3 Item, "Blue" = Set skin coloring, #001E80 Item, "Indigo" = Set skin coloring, #606090 Item, "Purple" = Set skin coloring, #4B0082 Item, "Crimson" = Set skin coloring, #DC143C Item, "Red" = Set skin coloring, #900000 --------------------2 Item, "Aliceblue" = Set skin coloring, #F0F8FF Item, "Antiquewhite" = Set skin coloring, #FAEBD7 Item, "Aqua" = Set skin coloring, #00FFFF Item, "Aquamarine" = Set skin coloring, #7FFFD4 Item, "Azure" = Set skin coloring, #F0FFFF Item, "Beige" = Set skin coloring, #F5F5DC Item, "Bisque" = Set skin coloring, #FFE4C4 Item, "Black" = Set skin coloring, #000000 Item, "Blanchedalmond" = Set skin coloring, #FFEBCD Item, "Blue2" = Set skin coloring, #0000FF Item, "Blueviolet" = Set skin coloring, #8A2BE2 Item, "Brown" = Set skin coloring, #A52A2A Item, "Burlywood" = Set skin coloring, #DEB887 Item, "Cadetblue" = Set skin coloring, #5F9EA0 Item, "Chartreuse" = Set skin coloring, #7FFF00 Item, "Chocolate" = Set skin coloring, #D2691E Item, "Coral" = Set skin coloring, #FF7F50 Item, "Cornflowerblue" = Set skin coloring, #6495ED Item, "Cornsilk" = Set skin coloring, #FFF8DC Item, "Crimson2" = Set skin coloring, #DC143C Item, "Cyan" = Set skin coloring, #00FFFF Item, "Darkblue" = Set skin coloring, #00008B Item, "Darkcyan" = Set skin coloring, #008B8B Item, "Darkgoldenrod" = Set skin coloring, #B8860B Item, "Darkgray" = Set skin coloring, #A9A9A9 Item, "Darkgreen" = Set skin coloring, #006400 Item, "Darkkhaki" = Set skin coloring, #BDB76B Item, "Darkmagenta" = Set skin coloring, #8B008B Item, "Darkolivegreen" = Set skin coloring, #556B2F Item, "Darkorange" = Set skin coloring, #FF8C00 Item, "Darkorchid" = Set skin coloring, #9932CC Item, "Darkred" = Set skin coloring, #8B0000 Item, "Darksalmon" = Set skin coloring, #E9967A Item, "Darkseagreen" = Set skin coloring, #8FBC8F Item, "Darkslateblue" = Set skin coloring, #483D8B Item, "Darkslategray" = Set skin coloring, #2F4F4F Item, "Darkturquoise" = Set skin coloring, #00CED1 Item, "Darkviolet" = Set skin coloring, #9400D3 Item, "Deeppink" = Set skin coloring, #FF1493 Item, "Deepskyblue" = Set skin coloring, #00BFFF Item, "Dimgray" = Set skin coloring, #696969 Item, "Dodgerblue" = Set skin coloring, #1E90FF Item, "Firebrick" = Set skin coloring, #B22222 Item, "Floralwhite" = Set skin coloring, #FFFAF0 Item, "Forestgreen" = Set skin coloring, #228B22 Item, "Fuchsia" = Set skin coloring, #FF00FF Item, "Gainsboro" = Set skin coloring, #DCDCDC Item, "Ghostwhite" = Set skin coloring, #F8F8FF Item, "Gold2" = Set skin coloring, #FFD700 Item, "Goldenrod" = Set skin coloring, #DAA520 Item, "Gray" = Set skin coloring, #808080 Item, "Green" = Set skin coloring, #008000 Item, "Greenyellow" = Set skin coloring, #ADFF2F Item, "Honeydew" = Set skin coloring, #F0FFF0 Item, "Hotpink" = Set skin coloring, #FF69B4 Item, "Indianred" = Set skin coloring, #CD5C5C Item, "Indigo2" = Set skin coloring, #4B0082 Item, "Ivory" = Set skin coloring, #FFFFF0 Item, "Khaki" = Set skin coloring, #F0E68C Item, "Lavendar" = Set skin coloring, #E6E6FA Item, "Lavenderblush" = Set skin coloring, #FFF0F5 Item, "Lawngreen" = Set skin coloring, #7CFC00 Item, "Lemonchiffon" = Set skin coloring, #FFFACD Item, "Lightblue" = Set skin coloring, #ADD8E6 Item, "Lightcoral" = Set skin coloring, #F08080 Item, "Lightcyan" = Set skin coloring, #E0FFFF Item, "Lightgoldenrodyellow" = Set skin coloring, #FAFAD2 Item, "Lightgreen" = Set skin coloring, #90EE90 Item, "Lightgrey" = Set skin coloring, #D3D3D3 Item, "Lightpink" = Set skin coloring, #FFB6C1 Item, "Lightsalmon" = Set skin coloring, #FFA07A Item, "Lightseagreen" = Set skin coloring, #20B2AA Item, "Lightskyblue" = Set skin coloring, #87CEFA Item, "Lightslategray" = Set skin coloring, #778899 Item, "Lightsteelblue" = Set skin coloring, #B0C4DE Item, "Lightyellow" = Set skin coloring, #FFFFE0 Item, "Lime" = Set skin coloring, #00FF00 Item, "Limegreen" = Set skin coloring, #32CD32 Item, "Linen" = Set skin coloring, #FAF0E6 Item, "Maroon" = Set skin coloring, #800000 Item, "Mediumauqamarine" = Set skin coloring, #66CDAA Item, "Mediumblue" = Set skin coloring, #0000CD Item, "Mediumorchid" = Set skin coloring, #BA55D3 Item, "Mediumpurple" = Set skin coloring, #9370D8 Item, "Mediumseagreen" = Set skin coloring, #3CB371 Item, "Mediumslateblue" = Set skin coloring, #7B68EE Item, "Mediumspringgreen" = Set skin coloring, #00FA9A Item, "Mediumturquoise" = Set skin coloring, #48D1CC Item, "Mediumvioletred" = Set skin coloring, #C71585 Item, "Midnightblue" = Set skin coloring, #191970 Item, "Mintcream" = Set skin coloring, #F5FFFA Item, "Mistyrose" = Set skin coloring, #FFE4E1 Item, "Moccasin" = Set skin coloring, #FFE4B5 Item, "Navajowhite" = Set skin coloring, #FFDEAD Item, "Navy" = Set skin coloring, #000080 Item, "Oldlace" = Set skin coloring, #FDF5E6 Item, "Olive" = Set skin coloring, #808000 Item, "Olivedrab" = Set skin coloring, #688E23 Item, "Orange" = Set skin coloring, #FFA500 Item, "Orangered" = Set skin coloring, #FF4500 Item, "Orchid" = Set skin coloring, #DA70D6 Item, "Palegoldenrod" = Set skin coloring, #EEE8AA Item, "Palegreen" = Set skin coloring, #98FB98 Item, "Paleturquoise" = Set skin coloring, #AFEEEE Item, "Palevioletred" = Set skin coloring, #D87093 Item, "Papayawhip" = Set skin coloring, #FFEFD5 Item, "Peachpuff" = Set skin coloring, #FFDAB9 Item, "Peru" = Set skin coloring, #CD853F Item, "Pink" = Set skin coloring, #FFC0CB Item, "Plum" = Set skin coloring, #DDA0DD Item, "Powderblue" = Set skin coloring, #B0E0E6 Item, "Purple2" = Set skin coloring, #800080 Item, "Red2" = Set skin coloring, #FF0000 Item, "Rosybrown" = Set skin coloring, #BC8F8F Item, "Royalblue" = Set skin coloring, #4169E1 Item, "Saddlebrown" = Set skin coloring, #8B4513 Item, "Salmon" = Set skin coloring, #FA8072 Item, "Sandybrown" = Set skin coloring, #F4A460 Item, "Seagreen" = Set skin coloring, #2E8B57 Item, "Seashell" = Set skin coloring, #FFF5EE Item, "Sienna" = Set skin coloring, #A0522D Item, "Silver" = Set skin coloring, #C0C0C0 Item, "Skyblue" = Set skin coloring, #87CEEB Item, "Slateblue" = Set skin coloring, #6A5ACD Item, "Slategray" = Set skin coloring, #708090 Item, "Snow" = Set skin coloring, #FFFAFA Item, "Springgreen" = Set skin coloring, #00FF7F Item, "Steelblue" = Set skin coloring, #4682B4 Item, "Tan" = Set skin coloring, #D2B48C Item, "Teal" = Set skin coloring, #008080 Item, "Thistle" = Set skin coloring, #D8BFD8 Item, "Tomato" = Set skin coloring, #FF6347 Item, "Turquoise" = Set skin coloring, #40E0D0 Item, "Violet" = Set skin coloring, #EE82EE Item, "Wheat" = Set skin coloring, #F5DEB3 Item, "White" = Set skin coloring, #FFFFFF Item, "Whitesmoke" = Set skin coloring, #F5F5F5 Item, "Yellow" = Set skin coloring, #FFFF00 Item, "YellowGreen" = Set skin coloring, #9ACD32

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