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Firefox won't let me change my default search engine and I can't search for anything

So I downloaded a few programs that were legitimate, no viruses or anything I checked, but also added a few programs. When I started seeing weird problems with firefox, I… (read more)

So I downloaded a few programs that were legitimate, no viruses or anything I checked, but also added a few programs. When I started seeing weird problems with firefox, I went to uninstall them from my windows, and I did. I uninstalled every program from today. But Firefox still won't let me search anything. When using the search bar, if it's one word, it'll search and automatically put other things in the search to make it look for a website. If it's more than one word, it just doesn't respond to me hitting enter or clicking the search button. I believe it's because Firefox seems to have lost all options for a default search engine. It has nothing selected for a default search engine, and whenever I click on it to show options, it just doesn't. Also, I have no weird add-ons that showed up, and the problem persists even when I disable every add-on I have. There are also no weird plugins. Can someone help? I'd rather not have to search google.com every time I want to search for something.

Asked by Landon the Lonely 1 year ago

Answered by cor-el 1 year ago

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Unable to use Shopify Checkout with Firefox

When I try to checkout on a site using Shopify, the credit card fields are unusable. The form fields turn into animations, almost like an animated GIF and will not stop. … (read more)

When I try to checkout on a site using Shopify, the credit card fields are unusable. The form fields turn into animations, almost like an animated GIF and will not stop. It is difficult to describe what is going on. Here's what it looks like:https://i.imgur.com/mTJfDeD.mp4. I don't know how else to illustrate the issue. This has been going on for the past several versions of Firefox. I'm currently using 79.0b3 (64-bit) on a Mac.

Asked by Miles Teg 1 year ago

Answered by FredMcD 1 year ago

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How To Clean Out Prefs That Are Clearly Old And Out of Date?

I have used and updated Firefox for years. I am now on v79. And in my prefs.js file (about:config) there is tons of old crap. Things like references to old addons which c… (read more)

I have used and updated Firefox for years. I am now on v79. And in my prefs.js file (about:config) there is tons of old crap. Things like references to old addons which cannot even be installed any more and were removed during updates, prtiner setup stuff for printers I no longer own, and something that is causing the rendering of chase.com to be messed up and the site unusable in FF.

Is there some reasonable way to clean up the prefs.js? Using about:config does not seem to remove entries, only reset them to default. If I exit FF and edit the file in my text editor, FF doesn't work right when re-started - I have to restore the profile folder from a backup.

There must be some way. Any help/tips?

Thanks

Asked by whitedavidp 1 year ago

Answered by whitedavidp 1 year ago

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Firefox default action for PDF has spontaneousl changed

I have always had PDFs set to "Always ask" is described here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/change-firefox-behavior-when-open-file This hasn't changed. The dialog… (read more)

I have always had PDFs set to "Always ask" is described here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/change-firefox-behavior-when-open-file This hasn't changed. The dialog which asks what to do with the file used to have "Save File" selected by default. This was convenient, because this is usually what I want. However, the default selection has recently changed to "Open with Firefox", which I hardly ever want. This requires me to perform an extra step when accessing PDFs from the Web, which I do quite often. I am not aware of having done anything which would affect this, nor have I found a corresponding option to change it back. How can I restore the previous behaviour?

Asked by rsbrux 1 year ago

Answered by Wesley Branton 1 year ago

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Edit URL while adding new bookmark?

Is there a way to edit the URL of a bookmark while I'm adding it? I've changed from Google Chrome to Firefox months ago, and this is one of my biggest gripes with Firefox… (read more)

Is there a way to edit the URL of a bookmark while I'm adding it?

I've changed from Google Chrome to Firefox months ago, and this is one of my biggest gripes with Firefox ever since I switched. Back when I used Google Chrome, I used this feature when I'm bookmarking YouTube videos.

YouTube will often add extra text at the end of URLs, such as "&feature=em-uploademail." I usually remove this to try and keep my URLs as clean as possible. The inability to edit bookmark URLs while creating new bookmarks makes this process much more tedious because when I realize that there's extra text at the end of a URL I have to remove the extra text in the address bar, refresh the page, wait several seconds for the page to fully load (when the page is still loading, the title of the page is often blank), and then I can finally bookmark the video.

This issue has been so annoying to the point of where I've considered switching back to Google Chrome.

Asked by Hyde 1 year ago

Answered by cor-el 1 year ago

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How to auto download 20 tabs on startup?

When I start Firefox only the focused page is loaded. All other pages are blank as I set 'Clear history when Firefox closes' to 'automatically clear' the cache on exit. … (read more)

When I start Firefox only the focused page is loaded. All other pages are blank as I set 'Clear history when Firefox closes' to 'automatically clear' the cache on exit. If I click on another tab it refreshs it. How do I to get every page to load on startup? Firefox treats pinned and normal tabs differently. On restart I have to 'Select all Tabs', then 'Reload page' every time. It used to load all pages automatically but now it doesn't. | Is there an extension? Or an About:Config entry I can change or insert? Private browsing is not used. Pages are open in tabs not windows. I have 20+ tabs open all the time. About half are pinned. Side Note - I would be happy to see the "Reload All Tabs" menu option reinstated.

Asked by Colin 1 year ago

Answered by cor-el 1 year ago

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How can I have multiple search bars adjacent to the address bar?

It sounds like peak laziness, but I'm not a fan of opening a menu every time I want to change search engine nor do I want to use a prefix (though I suppose I wouldn't min… (read more)

It sounds like peak laziness, but I'm not a fan of opening a menu every time I want to change search engine nor do I want to use a prefix (though I suppose I wouldn't mind 'g' instead of '@google', 'ddg' instead of '@duckduckgo').

I'd like to have more than one search bar akin to the one you can choose adjacent to the address bar--each with its own search engine. If such a tweak doesn't exist browser-side or even addons-side, I suppose I wouldn't mind dabbling with the code if someone can tell me what file I'd have to go to in order to do this.

I regularly bounce between Google, Bing, and Duckduckgo as the search results vary with each (and, imo, Google has been less reliable as time goes by). Such a tweak would make browsing a lot more convenient for me.

Asked by snowbie 1 year ago

Answered by la3amon 1 year ago

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Can't see pictures on mobile.de website

Hi dears, I can't see any picture on that website. I've tried to use "privat mode" and "safe mode" - problem is exactly the same. Reseting browser data didn't help. Attac… (read more)

Hi dears, I can't see any picture on that website. I've tried to use "privat mode" and "safe mode" - problem is exactly the same. Reseting browser data didn't help. Attached picture, link for website on the screen: https://suchen.mobile.de/auto-inserat/audi-q3-2-0-tdi-quattro-s-line-xenon-navi-klima-shz-p-k%C3%B6ln/298986800.html?action=homeRviReco

I've tried also other browsers - everything works fine. With firefox mobile everything works fine too.

Could someone help me? :)

BR. Łukasz

Asked by Wolek Priv 1 year ago

Answered by cor-el 1 year ago

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Unable to input Chinese in Firefox

I am using 79.0 (64-bit) now, but since many versions back, Chinese input stops working in Firefox and I have never got around to deal with it. On Windows 10, I have othe… (read more)

I am using 79.0 (64-bit) now, but since many versions back, Chinese input stops working in Firefox and I have never got around to deal with it. On Windows 10, I have other languages keyboard such as Russian/Japanese/Chinese/French etc. Depending on the need, I switch to other keyboard to enter the language in various places such as search box, form on a page etc. However, since many versions back (I can not remember when), Chinese language (pinyin) input stops working. If I don't get any tips on resolve this, I will enter a bug. Yes, I already tried the safe mode.

Asked by ynotswim 1 year ago

Answered by ynotswim 1 year ago

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Firefox 80.0 not loading on puppy linux 6.3.2.

Will not load. Running from console produces the included screenshot text then exits on a channel error. I'll submit the crash report again when I figure out again how t… (read more)

Will not load. Running from console produces the included screenshot text then exits on a channel error. I'll submit the crash report again when I figure out again how to do that. (Hint- assistance welcome) Ross Smith

Asked by Rosscoe68 1 year ago

Answered by James 1 year ago

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Gmail HTML view problem

ENG: i can't switch from HTML view to normal (only on firefox, works fine on chrome), i tried loging out and in, deleting cookies and clicking links from here: https://su… (read more)

ENG: i can't switch from HTML view to normal (only on firefox, works fine on chrome), i tried loging out and in, deleting cookies and clicking links from here: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/15049?hl=pl nothing works. Google support turned me down and said i should ask the Mozilla support.

PL: Nie mogę zmienić widoku HTML do zwykłego (na firefoxie, w chromie wszystko działa), próbuję przelogowywania, wyczyszczenia ciasteczek, klikanie w linki stąd też nie pomaga: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/15049?hl=pl Support Google odesłał mnie do supportu Mozilla.

Asked by Staszewskx 1 year ago

Answered by Staszewskx 1 year ago

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What is the "geo.provider.ms-windows-location" preference for?

I take my privacy very seriously and have disabled a large number of Firefox features which erode my privacy, including geo.enabled, dom.event.clipboardevents.enabled, do… (read more)

I take my privacy very seriously and have disabled a large number of Firefox features which erode my privacy, including geo.enabled, dom.event.clipboardevents.enabled, dom.battery.enabled, and many more.

Today I've just found a setting I've never noticed before which makes me really nervous: geo.provider.ms-windows-location

Can anyone please tell me what this does? Is it new? Why doesn't Mozilla have a page/resource explaining what all the preferences do and how to use them?

Asked by MartyJames 1 year ago

Answered by TyDraniu 1 year ago

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Restore Session Broken

In my main profile, restore session stopped working. The option is set, but it doesn't work. It worked for 3 years since I created this profile, but now it doesn't work… (read more)

In my main profile, restore session stopped working. The option is set, but it doesn't work. It worked for 3 years since I created this profile, but now it doesn't work.

Recently, this profile has been crashing regularly on quit. I quit (CRTL-Q) and the window does away, then 10 seconds later, I get a pop up message saying that firefox crashed.

Just a moment ago, I had a system crash and now this profile refuses to restore my session. When I started it, there was a new session and all the backup session files contain new sessions, not my tabs. Lost all tabs.

Anyone else seeing this?

Asked by FirefoxFan 1 year ago

Answered by FirefoxFan 1 year ago

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CSS caching with local websites

Has the behaviour of Firefox with regard to caching style sheets changed in the newest version? I ask since I develop with Visual Studio and browse the development build … (read more)

Has the behaviour of Firefox with regard to caching style sheets changed in the newest version?

I ask since I develop with Visual Studio and browse the development build with Firefox. Hence the URL will be similar to:

http://localhost:55223

If I modify a css file in the build and refresh the page in Firefox it does not change. It never changes even after a CTRL+F5, nor after starting a new session.

If I browse the site with Edge it does pick up the change instantly after tapping F5 to reload. To see the changes in Firefox it's necessary to rename the css file to force a reload of it.

This only seems to have started happening since the latest build and makes it impossible to use Firefox in the development environment. Is there a "hack" for the settings to force a reload?

Asked by markp1 1 year ago

Answered by jscher2000 - Support Volunteer 1 year ago

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Missing file on startup of firefox

This is the error I get when starting Firefox: "File not found Firefox can’t find the file at jar:file:///C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/browser/omni.ja!/chrome/en-US… (read more)

This is the error I get when starting Firefox:

"File not found Firefox can’t find the file at jar:file:///C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/browser/omni.ja!/chrome/en-US/locale/branding/browserconfig.properties. Check the file name for capitalization or other typing errors. Check to see if the file was moved, renamed or deleted."

How can I fix it?

Asked by bschreur 1 year ago

Answered by cor-el 1 year ago

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Right-click menu "Open Link in New Window" option is missing

Currently the menu only shows "Open Link in New Tab" and "Open Link in New Private Window" I seem to remember having to edit something in about:config to get this option … (read more)

Currently the menu only shows "Open Link in New Tab" and "Open Link in New Private Window"

I seem to remember having to edit something in about:config to get this option in the past, but I just installed Firefox on a new computer and can't find the option.

I'm aware that there are other methods of doing that (middle click), but that's not ideal as I'm really used to using the right-click menu.

Asked by ned30000 1 year ago

Answered by jscher2000 - Support Volunteer 1 year ago

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Firefox and Prime video error "Your Device is connected to the internet using a VPN or proxy service"

Hi, I am getting the above error currently when I try to access amazon Prime Video using Firefox. I have loaded Firefox with all addons disabled and still get the error. … (read more)

Hi,

I am getting the above error currently when I try to access amazon Prime Video using Firefox. I have loaded Firefox with all addons disabled and still get the error. I do have a VPN but was not connected to it at the time.

I can also access Amazon Prime at the same time as I am getting the error in Firefox with Microsoft Edge and Chrome with no issues.

Asked by nylans 1 year ago

Answered by cor-el 1 year ago