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Firefox 19 (& 18): when I type it skips back & deletes characters & types over them. Please fix!


Unbelievable! I had this problem back in 2011 with one of the single digit versions of firefox and it's back! This has been happening for months since version 18 or before, I don't really pay attention to versions but it's gotten to the point where it's embarrassing: I get called out a retard because I don't notice the skip/back-trace and then I end up with the weirdest typos on forum comments and email etc. Can't you guys fix this please? It's really annoying and very obvious. You guys released a prompt update for the old single digit version (which I re-downloaded a few months ago trying to avoid the problems since version 15) and indeed the next version had the update/upgrade that fixed this skip/backtrace. I'm sure if you have versions 18-19 and possibly before you have this problem too!

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I have no idea what this box is for!

  • Top 25 Contributor
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Hello, check it in Safe Mode, in Safe Mode window select "Start in Safe Mode" and see if this happen again, if not then see: Troubleshoot extensions, themes and hardware acceleration issues to solve common Firefox problems

(If the problem does not happen in Safe Mode, it is most likely because of an extension, a theme or hardware acceleration).

thank you

Question owner

Thanks for replies but I'm sorry but why should I switch to safe mode? I don't have any viruses. Does it make any sense to you that I should read a mile long page that I can't begin to even understand (yeah not a techie here) when YOU PEOPLE SHOULD provide a firefox version that works properly. Get with it and release the version that doesn't have this problem, please. Some of us don't have the time to study internet mechanics 101, we hold 2 jobs and don't get home till 1:40 am and have to eat shower and go to bed to get up at 5:16 (sleep that one extra minute) only to do it all over again. So sorry if I'm a tad miffy, I already work 2 jobs, I can't work your job to fix your errors. How's about releasing a proper version for pete's sakes!?

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Hello. This forum is supported basically from volunteers, and Mozilla Firefox is a free software, and of course (as a free software with lots add-ons may be some of them conflict with firefox).

Firefox Safe Mode is mode that can be used to troubleshoot and fix a lot of problems.check it in safe mode and we are here to help you.

thank you

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You can also check for issues caused by plugins (plugins are not affected by Safe mode).

Java applets that run in other tabs have been reported in the past to cause such issues.

Also check your plugins.

You have two Flash plugins and an outdated Java plugin (7U17 is current).

Modified by cor-el

Question owner

Oh. Sorry. I thought I was talking to the peeps who work for Mozilla...