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I have Firefox 65.0.2 on Win7/32. My home page is Google. When I start Firefox there is no cursor marking the insertion point in the Google search box. Input focus is there; I can type in the Google search box. In fact I can move the insertion point around with the Left and Right keys but I can't see where it is because there's no cursor.

A mouse click in the Google search box makes the cursor visible. New tabs at the home page (Ctrl-HomePageButton) have the cursor in the search box. How can I get it there at start-up (as it was for several years)? Thanks ... Vince

I have Firefox 65.0.2 on Win7/32. My home page is Google. When I start Firefox there is no cursor marking the insertion point in the Google search box. Input focus is there; I can type in the Google search box. In fact I can move the insertion point around with the Left and Right keys but I can't see where it is because there's no cursor. A mouse click in the Google search box makes the cursor visible. New tabs at the home page (Ctrl-HomePageButton) have the cursor in the search box. How can I get it there at start-up (as it was for several years)? Thanks ... Vince
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jscher2000
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Hmm, if I assign my home page to be

then I do get a blinking vertical bar in the search box when I open a new window (Ctrl+n).

I didn't test an actual startup. If it works for you in a new window but not at startup, there could be an issue with some other task Firefox is performing at startup.

Hmm, if I assign my home page to be * Custom URLs: https://www.google.com/ then I do get a blinking vertical bar in the search box when I open a new window (Ctrl+n). I didn't test an actual startup. If it works for you in a new window but not at startup, there could be an issue with some other task Firefox is performing at startup.
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Pj
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vesf said

I have Firefox 65.0.2 on Win7/32. My home page is Google. When I start Firefox there is no cursor marking the insertion point in the Google search box. Input focus is there; I can type in the Google search box.

In fact I can move the insertion point around with the Left and Right keys but I can't see where it is because there's no cursor.

A mouse click in the Google search box makes the cursor visible. New tabs at the home page (Ctrl-HomePageButton) have the cursor in the search box.

How can I get it there at start-up (as it was for several years)?

If you 'Restart With Add-ons Disabled' (Safe Mode), does the cursor return?


The Forum shows your Adobe Flash Plug-in is out of date.

You're running an older version, which can cause problems and be a Security Risk.

Mar 12th, 2019...
Latest Adobe Flash Version (32.0.0.156).

If your Extensions and Plug-ins are not set to Automatically Update, you need to keep a regular eye on these for Updates. If your setting is for manual updates with the Extensions and Plug-ins, then for the Flash Plug-in, you'll need to update it from Adobe's Website:

In the FireFox Browser, go to Add-ons > Plug-ins and click on the Shockwave Flash Options to check the Flash version.

You can also check and download to the latest version at Adobe's Website:


https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html


If it's an older version, go to step 2 on Adobe's site (the link referenced above) to download the latest version:

Note : UnCheck the boxes for the additional sponsored software that is offered on the download page if you do not want it also installed.


~Pj

''vesf [[#question-1253481|said]]'' <blockquote> I have Firefox 65.0.2 on Win7/32. My home page is Google. When I start Firefox there is no cursor marking the insertion point in the Google search box. Input focus is there; I can type in the Google search box. <Br><Br> In fact I can move the insertion point around with the Left and Right keys but I can't see where it is because there's no cursor.<Br><Br> A mouse click in the Google search box makes the cursor visible. New tabs at the home page (Ctrl-HomePageButton) have the cursor in the search box. <Br><Br> How can I get it there at start-up (as it was for several years)? </blockquote> If you 'Restart With Add-ons Disabled' (Safe Mode), does the cursor return? <Hr> The Forum shows your Adobe Flash Plug-in is out of date. You're running an older version, which can cause problems and be a '''<U>Security Risk</U>'''. Mar 12th, 2019...<Br> Latest Adobe Flash Version (32.0.0.'''156'''). If your Extensions and Plug-ins are not set to Automatically Update, you need to keep a regular eye on these for Updates. If your setting is for manual updates with the Extensions and Plug-ins, then for the Flash Plug-in, you'll need to update it from Adobe's Website: In the FireFox Browser, go to '''Add-ons''' > '''Plug-ins''' and click on the '''Shockwave Flash''' Options to check the Flash version.<Br> You can also check and download to the latest version at Adobe's Website: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html If it's an older version, go to step 2 on Adobe's site (the link referenced above) to download the latest version:<Br><Br> Note : UnCheck the boxes for the additional sponsored software that is offered on the download page if you do not want it also installed.<Br><Br> ~Pj
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Pj: If you 'Restart With Add-ons Disabled' (Safe Mode), does the cursor return?

At the home page (no cursor), if I restart with add-ins disabled, I have a cursor. If I then "Restart with add-ins enabled" I also have a cursor.

It's when I start it by "normal" means that I don't have a cursor. "Normal" means

1. pinned taskbar icon 2. WinKey+R ... firefox 3. 2-click on firefox.exe in Explorer

FWIW, my Firefix is configured to run only a single instance (always has been).

Thanks for the tip on Flash. It's set to "Ask to activate". I don't think I use it since I'm never asked. I updated anyway.

- Vince
Pj: If you 'Restart With Add-ons Disabled' (Safe Mode), does the cursor return? At the home page (no cursor), if I restart with add-ins disabled, I have a cursor. If I then "Restart with add-ins enabled" I also have a cursor. It's when I start it by "normal" means that I don't have a cursor. "Normal" means 1. pinned taskbar icon 2. WinKey+R ... firefox 3. 2-click on firefox.exe in Explorer FWIW, my Firefix is configured to run only a single instance (always has been). Thanks for the tip on Flash. It's set to "Ask to activate". I don't think I use it since I'm never asked. I updated anyway. - Vince
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