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I can't exit full screen mode and there are no navigation areas like I used to have.

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I just loaded Foxfire 4.0. I tried out full screen mode and cannot get back to the original mode. Even more annoying is that there doesn't seem to be any way to open new tabs or show the items that I used to keep at the top of my start screen. It's annoying enough to have to learn a new version without having to start from scratch as it were. Why can't new versions let you keep some of the old familiar places from before??? I'm seriously considering trying to go back to my old version. HELP ME!!

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Helper7677 165 solutions 1653 answers

"I just loaded Foxfire 4.0. I tried out full screen mode and cannot get back to the original mode."

F11 toggles Full Screen mode on and off.

"...there are no navigation areas like I used to have."

If toggling Full Screen mode off does not solve the problem, be sure the Navigation Toolbar is being displayed, by doing one of the following:

  • HOLD the ALT key down while pressing the keyboard letters VTN
  • Using the Menu Bar: click View > Toolbars, click Navigation Toolbar
  • Using the Firefox Button: click Firefox Button > Options, click Navigation Toolbar
  • Right-click on a toolbar, click "Navigation Toolbar"
  • See: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/How+to+customize+the+toolbar

"Even more annoying is that there doesn't seem to be any way to open new tabs..."

Do one of the following

  1. Click the "+" icon on the tab bar
  2. Ctrl+T
  3. Firefox Button: click Firefox Button > New Tab
  4. Menu Bar (see how to turn it back on below): File > New Tab

"...show the items that I used to keep at the top of my start screen."

If you are referring to the Menu Bar (File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks, Tools, Help), you can check/un-check (on/off) "Menu Bar" by doing one of the following:

  • HOLD the ALT key down while pressing the keyboard letters VTM
  • Using the Menu Bar: click View > Toolbars, click Menu Bar
  • Using the Firefox Button: click Firefox Button > Options, click Menu Bar
  • Right-click on a toolbar, click "Menu Bar"

If you want to move the tabs below the toolbars as in prior versions, you can check/un-check (on/off) "Tabs on Top" by doing one of the following:

  • HOLD the ALT key down while pressing the keyboard letters VTT
  • Using the Menu Bar: click View > Toolbars, click "Tabs on Top"
  • Using the Firefox Button: click Firefox Button > Options, click "Tabs on Top"
  • Right-click on a toolbar, click "Tabs on Top"





You need to update the following plugin:

  • Shockwave Flash 10.2 r152
  1. Check your plugin versions on either of the following links':
  2. Update the Flash plugin to the latest version.
    • Download and SAVE to your Desktop so you can find the installer later
    • If you do not have the current version, click on the "Player Download Center" link on the "Download and information" or "Download Manual installers" below
    • After download is complete, exit Firefox
    • Click on the installer you just downloaded and install
      • Windows 7 and Vista: may need to right-click the installer and choose "Run as Administrator"
    • Start Firefox and check your version again or test the installation by going back to the download link below
    • Download and information: http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/
      • Use Firefox to go to the above site to update the Firefox plugin (will also install plugin for most other browsers; except IE)
      • Use IE to go to the above site to update the IE ActiveX
    • Download Manual installers.

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John99
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You could go back to the old version but it is relatively easy to make firefox 4 look and behave more like firefox 3.6, although there could be disadvantages in doing that. see Install an older version of Firefox

Keyboard key F11 should toggle full screen on or off as before

Touching the top edge of the screen with the mouse pointer should also display toolbars.

The menubar and bookmarks toolbar do not display by default in firefox 4, if you are not using a Mac it will display the firefox button. Alt or f10 will temporarilly display the menubar toolbar, even if the firefox button is displayed, from the option

  • View -> toolbars -> [x] menu bar [x]bookmarks toolbar

you may set the bars to display permenantly if you wish.

Another change is the tabs on top again settable from the view menu or the firefox button. see why are tabs on top

amaiyu 0 solutions 1 answers

I thought I had the same problem then quickly discovered that if the mouse rolls over the top of the screen I can see the options again. I can then choose to return the screen to its usual display without going to any extremes.