How to Remove Opera Small Blue Dots Near Tabs?

By | December 11, 2009 | 18 Comments

If you are annoyed by those white/blue dots appearing in your tab tab, then here is a solution on how to “disable” them:

1. Download the following skin (still pending Opera approval, so mirror is at
2. Close Opera.
3. Place file to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\skin”, “C:\Program Files\Opera\skin” or other location, where Opera is installed.
4. Open Opera and go to: Tools > Appearance… > Skin and select “Reloaded”.
5. Enjoy.

How to Remove Opera Small Blue Dots Near Tabs?

How to Remove Opera Small Blue Dots Near Tabs?


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  • onlyme

    hmm, when I want to install it on 10.10, I get an Incompatible skin error “Please select a skin made for your version of Opera”.

    • Vygantas Lipskas

      Try updated version. Download again.

      • onlyme

        thank you, working great now!

  • werwolf

    You should correct this line, which is wrong:
    Author=Opera Software

    Why to install a new skin, replace 3 images is enough!

    For people who do not use Standard skin is this useless as well.

    • Vygantas Lipskas

      Yes, I changed author, but then that error sometimes appears: “Please select a skin made for your version of Opera”.

      I don’t know if this is because I edited .ini in Notepad, but will wait till Opera approves skin so can resubmit.

  • Osjan

    Personally I find them pretty useful :)

    • werwolf

      Of course I love theses buttons :)

      I hava a blue, green and red :)

    • Spaceball

      I like them as well. I used the MacIE5 Skin and the text went yellow when the tab was finished loading. The dots are much better than yellow letters.

  • Corinna Piss

    Yeah! I will try it when I get back to my main computer. Even if I see a usefulness for these finished-loaded-unseen-tab icons, they annoy me, like the blue font for the equivalent purpose in other skins. Hopefully Opera ASA will introduce the ability to turn this feature off in Preferences.

  • ElderOp

    I noticed the Blue Dots shortly after installing Opera 10.10… they don’t bother me, but I have wondered what they are… what function do they provide, if any?


    • Vygantas Lipskas

      They do appear after page finished loading or some changes appeared on the site which might require your attention.

  • werwolf

    the dot appears as well on chat tab, when somebody posts something.

    After finishing download of files or emails appears a red dot at the transfers icon.

    It is a nice graphical element.

  • Vygantas Lipskas

    P.S. Dots were only removed from tabs.

  • werwolf

    With what did you replace the attention state?

    • Vygantas Lipskas

      Nothing, default background.

  • Petter Nilsen

    The new skin is incorrectly created as it doesn’t fall back to the default skin but instead includes all elements, even the ones that are not changed. Chances are it will be rejected. Please see on how to create skins.

    • Vygantas Lipskas

      Can you tell me why when I change author or skin name in .ini file, during skin upload, my.opera says:

      “Your skin.ini file has these problems: – Fallback background is not set to 1 – Fallback foreground is not set to 1 – ”

      Why default can have those set to 0 and custom skins must be 1?