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The taskbar disappears when I open firefox. It just statred doing this. Any suggestions for how to fix it? I'm running on XP. Thank you in advance.

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When it is just my desktop on the screen, the taskbar is at the bottom as usual. Now when I open Firefox, the taskbar disappears. This just started yesterday. I'm running Windows XP on this laptop. Any suggestions on how to correct the problem would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Make sure that you do not run Firefox in full screen mode (press F11 or Fn + F11 to toggle; Mac: command+Shift+F).

If you are in full screen mode then hover the mouse to the top to make the Navigation Toolbar and Tab bar appear.

You can click the Maximize button at the top right to leave full screen mode or right click empty space on a toolbar and use "Exit Full Screen Mode" or press F11.

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I am not entirely sure what is happening. But the windows XP taskbar, which is usually at the bottom of the screen, but can be docked at the sides, should show the active programs such as firefox, and usually includes the clock and the start button.

Mouse pointer to bottom edge -> right click toolbar -> properties -> Appearance

It will probably re-appear at least temporarily if you move the mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen, or wherever the task bar currently is. Then right click to the bar and click the "properties", you will get a box headed "Taskbar and start menu properties" note particularly the options: auto-hide, lock toolbar, and keep on top. You may prefer it to not auto hide, and to be locked and remain on top.

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Thank you. The "keep on top" box was not checked. It works fine now. Thanks again.

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Glad it worked.

You may like to mark the question as solved.

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THE HINT WAS EXTREMELY HELPFUL, CLEAR, FANTASTIC AND IMMEDIATE!

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After updates to my Windows Vista, my task bar disappears only on Firefox when I open my browser. If I switch to Internet explorer, the task bar remains. I also don't have the orange Firefox tab anymore at the top left of my screen; it's almost as if Windows has disabled or corrupted my Firefox. I've tried everything on my settings to no avail.

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Have you got Firefox's menubar displaying if so turn that off using

  • View -> Toolbars -> [] Menu Bar

That may restore the Orange Firefox Button. Post back as to whether that works.

I do not use Vista, but it seems odd that only Firefox should make the Vista taskbar disappear. You would do better to post your own question in a new thread.

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Make sure that you do not run Firefox in full screen mode (press F11 or Fn + F11 to toggle; Mac: command+Shift+F).

If you are in full screen mode then hover the mouse to the top to make the Navigation Toolbar and Tab bar appear.

You can click the Maximize button at the top right to leave full screen mode or right click empty space on a toolbar and use "Exit Full Screen Mode" or press F11.

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When I right-clicked, I saw that I had somehow one into full screen mode. Deselecting this solved the problem and everything appeared!