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How to get back your Opera 10b3 preferences when upgrading to Opera10 RC

I’ve been using Opera 10 on OS X for a few months now. Even though it crashes a few times a day I’m still kind of attached to it, not exactly sure why.

Interesting thing happened with latest upgrade from Opera 10 beta 3 to their Release Candidate. They’ve decided that I don’t really need my bookmarks anymore and that I want to revert to 9.63 bookmarks for some reason, even though I’ve never used that version of Opera. To make it nicer on end user, they say: This RC will no longer use the Beta preferences we’ve been using throughout the development cycle, but upgrade your old 9.64 preferences if you haven’t already done this.

Another Opera House Photo
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Anyway, what happens if you actually _want_ to get your Beta preferences on OS X?

Simple, go to:

1. Quit Opera

2. Go to ~/Library/Preferences/ and look for “Opera Preferences 10” and “Opera Preferences”

3. Rename “Opera Preferences” to “Opera Preferences.old”

4. Rename “Opera Preferences 10″ to ” Opera Preferences”

5. Start Opera

This will give you back your Opera 10 beta Preferences, allowing you to continue your normal work. Too bad Opera doesn’t provide a transition path and makes us seek out configuration files. I’ve also failed to find this information in their Knowledge base, hence this blog post.

Anyway, if this RC crashes just a couple a times a day (compared to beta versions), I’ll be a happy camper. Maybe they’ll even get proper Unicode working on of these days.

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