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Sidebar, related searches, how do I remove it please?

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I can see that others are having similar problems, I've tried suggested solutions none of which works.

I am using a laptop, running Windows 7 and want to use Mozilla but that sidebar is an absolute pain.

Is there some safe way of permanently removing it please? I don't want it, it isn't helpful, is simply an annoyance that I can do without in a busy day's work.

If it cannot be removed I'll have to look at different browsers I'm afraid as I can't be doing with having to close it EVERY TIME I open a new page

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You can check for recently installed suspicious or unknown extensions.

Start Firefox in Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions (Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Extensions) or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem.

  • Switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance
  • Do NOT click the Reset button on the Safe Mode start window
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Thank you. Now all I need to do is work out how on earth to open Firefox in Safe Mode

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Did you read this support article? https://support.mozilla.org/kb/Safe+Mode