In this article, we will talk about what you should do if you find that the Opera browser is not opening or loading webpages in Windows 11/10. Many affected users have reported that Opera browser was not opening the webpages, whereas, the same pages were loaded successfully on other web browsers, like Chrome, Firefox, etc. If you are an Opera browser user and facing the same issue, then this post might help you to get rid of it.
Before you begin, we suggest you check what version of Opera browser you are using. Is it up to date or not? Update it (if not already) and check if the issue is fixed. For that, first, click on the Opera icon available on the top left side of the browser and then click on Update & Recovery. After that, Opera will automatically check for updates and install them (if available).
If the issue still persists, move ahead to the troubleshooting tips explained below.
Opera browser is not opening or loading pages in Windows 11/10
You can try the following solutions to fix this issue where your Opera browser is not working properly:
- Whitelist Opera browser in Windows Defender Firewall or third-party firewall
- Disable built-in ad blocker of Opera browser
- Check for problematic extension
- Reset Opera browser to a default state.
Let’s see these methods in detail.
1] Whitelist Opera browser in Windows Defender Firewall or third-party firewall
Sometimes, a firewall tool blocks web browsers from accessing the internet because of which webpages don’t load. Windows Defender Firewall comes with a built-in option to allow or block a program in Windows Defender Firewall. Such a feature is also present in other similar third-party tools.
Therefore, you should check if Opera web browser is whitelisted (or allowed) in Windows Defender Firewall or another third-party firewall tool that you’re using. If not, whitelist the browser and check if you are able to open webpages in the Opera browser.
2] Disable built-in ad blocker of Opera browser
Opera comes with a built-in ad-blocking tool. By default, it is disabled. If you have enabled it on a specific website, that website and its webpages will not open. This is one of the reasons why sometimes web pages don’t load in Opera.
If this is the case, disable Opera’s built-in ad blocker, and see if it brings any changes.
3] Check for a problematic extension
Sometimes, extensions in a web browser cause several issues. You should see if there is an extension installed in the Opera browser causing this issue. For this, disable the extensions one by one and load those webpages that are not opening. If the webpages load after disabling a particular extension, consider removing it.
Many users have also found that Adblock Plus is the culprit of this problem. Hence, if you have installed the Adblock Plus extension, you can try disabling it on the websites. To disable Adblock Plus on a specific website, click on that extension icon, and then click on the button next to This website to turn it off.
If this does not work, try removing the Adblock Plus extension.
Apart from the Adblock Plus extension, other similar ad blocking extensions can also prevent certain webpages from loading. Hence, if you are using some other ad blocker, disable it, and see if the problem is gone.
4] Reset Opera browser to a default state
If none of the above solutions worked, try to reset the Opera browser. The steps to do this:
- Launch Opera browser
- Click on the Opera icon on the top left side
- Click Update & Recovery
- Under the Recovery section, click on the Recovery button
- Select whether you want to keep your data or delete it before resetting the browser
- Now, click Recover.
If you have performed a complete reset by deleting all the data, you will lose all your bookmarks and add-ons. You can restore all your bookmarks by signing in back to your Opera browser. But, this does not restore your add-ons.
How do I fix Opera not opening?
If Opera is not opening on your computer, the following solutions may help you fix it:
- Launch Opera as an administrator. For that, right-click on the Opera browser shortcut available on the desktop, and select the Run as administrator option
- Enable built-in Administrator account on your computer
- Completely uninstall Opera and re-install it.
Does Windows 11 support Opera?
Yes, Windows 11/10 does support the Opera browser. You can download its set up file compatible with Windows 11/10 from its official website, and install it on your system.
Hope it is helpful.