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Opera: Stop loading of E-Mail, News and IM Client

Opera 10 maintains the program’s tradition of striving for the fastest, smallest, and most full-featured browser available. Opera 10 unveils an impressive number of new design elements, although some are more pretty than practical.

Opera covers the basics with tabbed browsing, mouse-over previews, a customizable search bar, advanced bookmarking tools, and e-mail and chat clients amongst many more other nifty features.

There are hundreds of Opera reviews available on the web, so this post will not focus on that.

I have been using opera for a long time, though only for browsing. And I must say that it has been a good experience. For a long time I have been looking for a method to disable the mail client and IM client from loading as I never use them. Unfortunately opera does not provide the option to disable them from the interface itself. but after some exhaustive search using google, I came across a forum post Opera-Users mailing list (http://list.opera.com/pipermail/opera-users/2001-April/004059.html) and was I not happy .. :)

So below is the method to disable the email, news and IM clients from Opera.

Open the opera.ini (or operaprefs.ini) file and add the below 3 lines under the [user prefs] section.

Show E-mail Client=0
Show News Client=0
Show IM Client=0

Remember to exit opera first before editing the file, or else your changes will be overwritten once the browser is closed. Once the lines have been edited, save it and open Opera. Click on tools and you will see the option `Mail and Chat Accounts` has been disabled.

Happy Browsing .. !