Open-A-Thing ˣᵃ — Open Anything

On different occasions a new context menu item is made available, allowing you to easily do different things:

  • Selected text:
    → Open a selected plain text url like for example in ”this is selected“
    → Search for arbitrary text using a user definable search engine
  • Frame or inline frame:
    → Maximize that frame, ie open the frame’s url in a new tab
  • A media item, eg an image, a canvas element or a video:
    → Open source url of media item

Shuffle Extension Toolbar – A toolbar customization helper extension for Chromium/Opera/Vivaldi


‼ Go to Opera »» Extensions »» Shuffle Extension Toolbar »» Options.



The distinct sequence, in which the so called browser actions are displayed in the browser toolbar, is initially determined by the order, in which you have installed the respective extensions. It is stored as a list in a preferences file.


You can find the file in the folder given as ”Profile“ path in the ”Paths“ section of your browser’s »chrome://about« or »opera:about« page, respectively; it will be called ”Preferences“.


Make a backup of that file!


This extension then lets you re-order the sequence of browser action buttons of installed extensions using the pointer device and drag-and-drop.


Once your desired ordering has been established, you might want to copy the readily formatted data (it’s actually in JSON format) from the export area – which you will easily spot below the table of extensions with toolbar buttons – into the clipboard, open the very same ”Preferences“ file from above, find the line starting with

»”toolbar”: [ … ]«,

and paste the new data overwriting the entire existing section.


Do this while your browser ist *not* runing!


Once you saved the ”Preferences“ file and startup your browser again, the toolbar icons representing extensions should be in the order you arranged them.

A fine SQLite editor for Opera 15+ / Opium

As you probably know, Opera 15 – as do many browsers – uses SQLite databases to store various data. Perhaps one of the most interesting SQLite database for Opera is the Web Data db, which stores autofill data as well as the search engine definitions (in the `keywords` table). The Thumbnails database can be modified if you like to have your own speeddial icons instead of the automatically generated screenshots.

Those screenshots consist of binary data and many free SQLite GUI editors cannot handle that. One of those editors  – regarding the Windows OS – is the SQLiteBrowser v2 you probably stumbled upon already searching the interwebs for such applications. It cannot handle BLOBs and the interface is not very comfortable to work with (no drag and drop opening, eg).

Thus I was happy to find a fork of mentioned editor: SQLite Database Browser v3 for Windows and Mac OS by ”Peinthor Rene“. A win32 binary is available.

[Edited December 2014:] The database editor fork is now called Database Browser for SQLite. Binaries are available on that new dedicated web site, while the sources have been moved to another Github repository. It’s even more recommendable now! 

I recommend it. 🙂

 SQLite Editor / Browser v3

XenoWikipedia – Lookup things on Wikipedia

XenoWikipedia is an address field (aka omnibox) extension that lets you easily lookup things in the various language variants of the online encyclopedia.


Type ”wx“ into the address field followed by a space separated optional edition- or language code and the token you are referring Wikipedia for.

For example type:

wx de xeno


Get it from the Opera Addon repository:
»» XenoWikipedia

Get it as extension from the Google™ Chrome Web Store:
»» XenoWikipedia


If you want to reward my efforts by a bitcoin donation (1NgX5eA2wxX6YizWb9VgYZZdNPBu8t4gW1 [QR]), then you are welcome. 🙂


Screenshot of a sample Wikipedia research using XenoWik
Screenshot of a sample Wikipedia research using XenoWiki

Google search key unbreaker (UserJS)

On its search pages, Google™ captures all plain key strokes to stuff 'em into the search input box. This breaks the single key commands feature of Opera, if you – like I do – enabled this legacy feature in the advanced settings section and like to use it. But there is help available: a UserJS that ”unbreaks“ this Opera feature on Google pages.

There are plenty of single key commands available; let me mention ”1“ and ”2“ which select the previous or next tab, respectively, or another number key ”6“, which sets zoom back to 100%; another useful command is the ”i“ to toggle through the image loading/showing strategies; not to forget ”z“ (or ”y“ if redefined for some keyboard layouts) ans ”x“ as quick back and forward commands.

Continue reading “Google search key unbreaker (UserJS)”

choppr – short urls (crx)

Trying to cope with the seemingly inevitable, I re-wrote my choppr opera extension for Flickr™ in terms of a Chrome(ium) extension.

Choppr is an extension that adds a short to the right hand column on a Flickr™ photo page.

This short url is calculated from the photo's unique id (actually, the calculation is ”bijective“, thus could be inverted) – there is no web service contacted during that process.

You find the short url behind a little ☆-icon below the photo's license statement and above its privacy information in the right hand info column.

The Chrome version of the extension comes with the added value of showing an icon in the address field, if you are surfing a Flickr™ picture page; a click on that icons copies the shortened to your clipboard. …

Continue reading “choppr – short urls (crx)”