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Firefox 46.0 on Ubuntu 14.04, installed today, breaks vertical scrolling of websites

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On multiple websites I've visited so far today, clicking in the vertical scroll bar below or above the scrolling blob results in going to the bottom or top of the web page, instead of going down or up one page. Worse, clicking on the scrolling arrows does the same thing; this used to be usable for fine control of vertical scrolling. The only way to view the middle of the page appears to be manipulating the scrolling blob itself. On my laptop (a Dell Latitude), that has a significantly higher time cost than simply clicking in the scroll bar, especially when reading long pages, and I'm in the middle of a project that has me reading hundreds of long pages.

If it was urgent to install "top" and "bottom" buttons in the program, I don't see what made it necessary to eliminate two other useful functions so as to install it twice. (Frankly, I don't see why either had to be eliminated; there's room for added complexity in the vertical scroll bar.)

If this isn't fixed soon, I'll have to look into changing browsers. Yes, it's important to me, and I should think to lots of other users.

On multiple websites I've visited so far today, clicking in the vertical scroll bar below or above the scrolling blob results in going to the bottom or top of the web page, instead of going down or up one page. Worse, clicking on the scrolling arrows does the same thing; this used to be usable for fine control of vertical scrolling. The only way to view the middle of the page appears to be manipulating the scrolling blob itself. On my laptop (a Dell Latitude), that has a significantly higher time cost than simply clicking in the scroll bar, especially when reading long pages, and I'm in the middle of a project that has me reading hundreds of long pages. If it was urgent to install "top" and "bottom" buttons in the program, I don't see what made it necessary to eliminate two other useful functions so as to install it twice. (Frankly, I don't see why either had to be eliminated; there's room for added complexity in the vertical scroll bar.) If this isn't fixed soon, I'll have to look into changing browsers. Yes, it's important to me, and I should think to lots of other users.

Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • DivX Web Player version 1.4.0.233
  • Shockwave Flash 11.2 r202
  • The Videos 3.10.1 plugin handles video and audio streams.
  • This plug-in detects the presence of iTunes when opening iTunes Store URLs in a web page with Firefox.

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:46.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/46.0

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FredMcD
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Start Firefox in Safe Mode {web Link} by holding down the <Shift>
(Mac=Options)
key, and then starting Firefox. Is the problem still there?

Start '''[https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/troubleshoot-firefox-issues-using-safe-mode Firefox in Safe Mode]''' {web Link} by holding down the '''<Shift><br> ''(Mac=Options)'' ''' key, and then starting Firefox. Is the problem still there?