Ever since the release of Opera 11, the “set as default web browser” option is not visible in the standard installation routine. However, it is checked by default and whenever users proceed to install Opera, they soon find out that Opera has actually set itself as a default browser with no permission.
Don’t worry though; you can still do so by clicking on the “Options” button. However, other browsers do give you an option to check/uncheck the following setting during the default installation.
As a result, LifeHacker has contacted Opera’s Software Jan Standal, the VP of desktop products and received the following answer:
Since Opera 11, the option for choosing not to set Opera as the default browser was moved to the ‘options’ part of the installer on Windows. This, along with graphical/layout changes, was done in order to make the installer faster (reducing installation time from 2+ minutes to less than 10 seconds) and as easy as possible to use. An unintended side effect of this was that some users have reported setting Opera as the default browser by accident. We are listening to this feedback and will investigate possible alternative solutions.
According to the same source, Opera is said to be working on a solution but no time frame has yet been given.
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