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What is the Opera Personal News feature and how do you use it?

The Opera team is always coming out with new features to make the browser even better. For those news enthusiasts in the crowd, there's now a Personal News feature that makes it easy to read news from various sources.
Written by Jack Wallen, Contributing Writer
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I mostly use Opera on my desktop. Although I would love to make Firefox my default, it's just so hard to pull myself away from the best tab management on the planet that is found in Opera.

Until Firefox can duplicate what Opera has done with Workspaces, I'll have to remain on the closed-source browser.

But Workspaces isn't the feature I enjoy most on Opera. There's another feature that I have been using lately that makes viewing news very simple. 

What I like most about Opera Personal News is that I can cobble together the sources I want and, in a single window, scroll through all the headlines from those sources and click to view the articles I want. 

This keeps me from having to open site after site to view the news I want or need. It's all about convenience, and it does a great job of it.

Also: How to use Opera's new Pinboard feature (and why you should)

One thing to keep in mind is that not every news source is available to Opera Personal News. Even so, it has a large collection of news to select from. In fact, within about 5 minutes, I had a collection of 22 news sources to view. It's that simple and convenient.

Let me show you how to access the Opera Personal News feature and how to add sources, so you can view only the news you want from a single point of entry.

What is the Opera Personal News feature and how do you use it?


The only thing you'll need for this is a running instance of the Opera web browser. That's it. Let's read some news.

1. Open Opera

The first thing to do is open the Opera web browser on your desktop. If you haven't already installed the browser, you can grab an installer from the Opera download page.

2. Click on News

Click the red O menu button in the upper left corner and, from the drop-down menu, click News.

The Opera menu.

Access the Opera Personal News feature through the Opera menu.

Screenshot by Jack Wallen/ZDNET

3. Add sources

On the resulting page, click "Add sources" in the left pane.

The Opera Personal News page sources list.

The Opera Personal News page is ready for sources.

Screenshot by Jack Wallen/ZDNET

4. Locate the sources you want

In the search field, type a keyword for the type of news you want. 

Also: Opera Workspaces is tab management perfection

For example, if you want to add tech news sources, type "technology" in the search field and, from the resulting list, click to add any and all sources you want.

The Opera Personal News source add page.

Searching for technology news sources for Opera Personal News.

Screenshot by Jack Wallen/ZDNET

5. Browse the catalog for more sources

If you didn't find what you're looking for that way, expand the Browse the Catalog section in the bottom half of the window and then expand any of the categories to find a news source you want.

The Opera Personal Nnews category listing.

Searching for a specific news source for Opera Personal News.

Screenshot by Jack Wallen/ZDNET

Reading your news

Once you've added all the sources you desire, click "My sources" in the left pane to reveal all of the news items associated with your saved sources.

A sample of news items displayed in Opera Personal News.

Opera Personal News is ready to go.

Screenshot by Jack Wallen/ZDNET

Find something you want to read and click on it to open a new tab showing the article in question.

And that's all there is to using the Opera Personal News feature. You can even add ZDNET as a source, so you can quickly see what's been published on the site. 

Also: How to use the Opera VPN (and why you should)

I've been using the Opera Personal News feature daily for some time, and it's both saved me time and ensured that I don't miss all the news that's worth reading.

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