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My Firefox Browser tool bar ( ... with the buttons "Bookmarks"," History", "Tools". etc, ) has disappeared -- how can i restore it ?

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I access the internet through the Mozilla Firefox browser with a "toolbar"that was originally as described above. My default "home page " is the AOL web site through which I access e-mail . AOL offered a" toolbar" -- I installed it and several days laterthe top "bar " on my computer changed to read " Aol - Mozilla Firefox, etc., .... " but with "the buttons " ---" Bookmarks , History , Tools, ...etc. " ---gone . The " Aol Toolbar " is the next" band " down . How do I restore the original configuration ? Can I have two such " tool bars" ? I'd be happy with just the "original ". Thanks --- Hhutson 1

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"Bookmarks"," History", "Tools". etc: Those are on the Menu Bar; see below

Menu Bar (File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks, Tools, Help)
Firefox 3.6.x versions allow the user to hide the Menu Bar.

  • Tap the ALT key or the F10 key, Menu Bar will display, click View, click Toolbars, click Menu Bar to place a check mark next to it, OR
  • Press and hold the ALT key while pressing the letters VTM on your keyboard, then release the ALT key
  • See: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Menu+bar+is+missing

Other Toolbars, see: https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Back+and+forward+or+other+toolbar+items+are+missing
Status Bar: click View, click Status Bar to place a check mark
Full Screen Mode: If you have no Toolbars or Tab Bar: Press F11 (F11 is an on/off toggle). See: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Netbooks#Full_screen

Also see: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Toolbar_customization_-_Firefox#Restoring_missing_menu_or_other_toolbars

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        • Download the file, SAVE it to your hard drive, when complete, close Firefox, click on the installer you just downloaded and let it install.
        • Windows: choose the .exe file; Mac: choose the .dmg file
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