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Why is my Menu Bar partially transparent? I can see my desktop instead of some of the icons like Print or Download.

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The Menu Bar at top of the screen does not look right after the Help entry. File thru Help is fine and have a white background. After that I can see my screen background with icons for Print, Downloads, and others superimposed. Some of the icons can hardly be seen as they blend right in with my Wallpaper. Furthermore the line above the Menu Bar has it's own problems: It has the Firefox logo followed by some writing that go for for about 6 inches followed by stuff from my wallpaper. In other words, starting from the top of the screen I have two short lines of stuff with a white background followed by a see through view of stuff from my screen wallpaper. Starting with the Navigation Toolbar everything is fine. I don't have this problem with IE8. Can anyone shed some light on this problem. Thanks, JWare

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Right click in a free space on your desktop. Left click on personalize. There are four options in Windows 7 at the bottom of the screen, choose "Windows Color". Now select a color for your border and then UNCHECK : "enable transparency"

Save changes and apply.

Trev

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Right click in a free space on your desktop. Left click on personalize. There are four options in Windows 7 at the bottom of the screen, choose "Windows Color". Now select a color for your border and then UNCHECK : "enable transparency"

Save changes and apply.

Trev

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Thanks, Trev, that solved my problem. I am trying to learn Windows 7 after using XP for years so have a ways to go yet. Think I might like using the Firefox browser. I do have one more question on the browser. It appears that access to my bookmarks are available for any user without logging in. Is this the case with Firefox? In IE each user has their own Bookmarks which is what I want if using Firefox. My Bookmarks has to be private. Thanks, JWare

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In ordinary use each person sees only their own bookmarks if they log on with their own account name and password. Another niaive user would not see your bookmarks etc. , if you each use separate accounts. However unless you take careful precautions others may easily have access to your bookmarks.

Each user will have their own bookmarks. You do not normally need to log on to use Firefox or Internet Explorer, the user is logging on normally to use an Operating System account, but even that logon may be optional.

I do not know about Windows 7 but in XP on a 32Bit fat system any admin user may see any file or folder on the system. On XP pro on NFTS the same is true, but the altered permisions may be obvious to a knowledgeable file owner.

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Thanks for your reply, John99. I know that on most systems the admin, or most sophisticated user, can access any file. The problem I see with the new Firefox brsoser is as follows: When I click the Firefox icon from my desktop it will startup. Then I click on bookmarks and my bookmarks will popup. If my wife click on the Firefox icon it will startup. Then if she click on bookmarks my bookmarks will popup, not hers. Of course after logging in we have access to only our own bookmarks.

If I click on the IE icon from the desktop it will start up. Then if I click on bookmarks IE will display a message to login to access the bookmarks. Same applies to others users.

That is what I am looking for while using Firefox. Can Firefox work the way IE does in this case? JWare

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I don't want to change all my computer's visuals just because firefox has a bug in it! The Menu bar is rendered faintly and this is a bad idea. At least give me the choice . . . see image below. I have vista running ffox 4 and none of the fancy settings can fix this. Also I want transparency on! Most programs work properly. They don't force me to adhere to some idiot programers whims, likes or dislikes. Of course ranting this way will get me nowhere . . . such is life.

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I am not sure what is happening here, have you set it up so that anyone can use the operating system, possibly as an administrator, without needing to login and enter a password, and then having specific accounts for other users : yourself and your wife ?

What you should do is immediately each backup your own (you, your wifes, and any other account) bookmarks manually, and put them somewhere safe. Have you also got passwords that you want to keep ?

If so it is an odd setup. I could suggest that you clear all bookmarks from the general account, and leave the bookmarks on the other accounts, but I am not entirely certain what you have done.

This is probably unlikely but have you setup a direct link to your bookmarks library, instead of the standard setup of opening them once firefox has started as a web browser ?

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_ Visuals _

Sorry it appears the image did not get uploaded with your message.

I suspect this is unlikely to be due to any 'bug' in Firefox, it is more likely that you, or some other software changed the operating sytem , Windows 7 settings.

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John99 I am not sure how you are using the term operating system. To me the only operating system involved here is Windows 7. If that is what you are talking about then, there is a single admin password to bring up the Windows operating system. As far as IE or Firefox browsers are concerned, each user on the computer has their own login and password. This has always worked fine with the IE browser. It is only with the Firefox browser that I have ran across this odd situation. I will look at the links you provided to see if there is something unique with Firefox that I am missing. Thanks JWare

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I use XP but as far as I am aware there is no need to log in to Firefox or IE browsers once the Windows Operating System is running. You can of course set up multiple Operating System accounts in Windows, often one per unique user, plus possibly a default administrator and and some other accounts some of which may have multiple users.

I do not understand

"As far as IE or Firefox browsers are concerned, each user on the computer has their own login and password." is this some security application or programme launcher

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(I removed the this entry to help clean up the thread)

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UPDATE for the transparency problem.

Apparently Firefox 4 and it's cousin SEAMONKEY are using the same underpinnings...Gecko 2.0

I just this minute installed http://www.seamonkey-project.org/and everything is fine!

Gecko 2.0 IS the main underlying component the it gets tweaked and branded as FF or Seamonkey etc. Seamonkey also = the old Netscape Navigator for those who remember and it is similar to outlook as it does email as well...minus a calendar...

(I do not work for seamonkey but I use on my Linux machines)

This will do nicely for me until FF4 shakes this problem out.

B

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Thanks to all who was kind enough to contribute ideas on solving my problems with Firefox 4. I do not use Microsoft Outlook or express so I, and the users of this computer always login to Yahoo to view and process emails. Also, my web searching is done, and URLs bookmarked, while logged in. We have always used IE but Mozilla had invited me to try the new

Firefox4, which decided to try. Due to the two issues I ran into it is back 

to IE for us. I can live with the solution for the transparency problem but not the shared bookmarks issue. JWare

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I suspect the shared bookmarks problem is because you are both using the same account, why not set up separate Windows operating system accounts for each user ?

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You could be right as far as Firefox is concerned. We don't want separate Windows accounts, just separate Yahoo Internet accounts. This has worked since back in the old AOL dial up days, and still does when using IE. Reverting to IE is not a problem for me because I like it just fine. The experiment does not work for us without too man Windows changes. JWare

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Hi JWare,
You may be happy with IE, but for anyone with similar problems wanting to stick with Firefox

The simplest method may be to just have separate links within Firefox to each Yahoo logon, and in Firefox 4 make an App Tab for Yahoo-wife, and another for Yahoo-husband

A slightly less straight-forward alternative is to set up separate firefox profiles for each user call one firefox husband, and one firefox wife, or maybe 3, the default (joint) and two others; as long as all you are trying to do is keep your own bookmarks separate, rather than trying to prevent access to the firefox bookmarks that would work.

Also note if for instance doing finance related work there is the private browsing option in Firefox, that does not save history of the sites used or the form information input. see Private Browsing - Use Firefox without saving history

I am not sure how you have actually set up IE at present to keep the IE favourites/favorites (bookmarks) separate. You may not even have done that, you may just be looking at internal yahoo information.