Ever since the Opera web browser started using the Chrome’s rendering engine, you can easily install any of the Chrome extensions in the Opera browser. The extensions for a web browser depend on its rendering engine and enhance the browser features, while the plugins allow the browsers to access third-party programs like Adobe Flash player or Adobe Acrobat PDF etc. Like many other web browsers, Opera also supports plugins which basically load an outside process or module like Java Runtime Environment, Flash Player etc. You may want to disable some of these plugins like JRE for security reasons.
If you want to enable or disable the plugins installed in the Opera web browser, then you can follow these instructions:
- Open the Opera web browser. Type opera://plugins in the Opera’s address bar and press Enter. You can also type about://plugins, it would give the same effect.
- This would open the Plugins webpage for your Opera web browser. You can see all the installed plugins on this page, along with their names and descriptions.
- If you want to enable or disable a plugin in Opera, you can click on the Enable or Disable button shown against that plugin. For example, if you want to disable the Adobe Reader plugin, you can click on the Disable button shown under it. The plugin gets disabled (or enabled) in only a few seconds.
The plugins in the Opera web browser provide you access to third-party applications like Adobe PDF Reader, Adobe Flash Player etc. But some of these plugins could have been installed without your prior consent or some of them may be security risk due to software vulnerabilities present. In such cases, you can easily disable these plugins using the instructions above.