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Fresh Firefox install on Mac has no spell checking and no spelling/language items in right-click menu

I've long had a Mac with a Firefox install. For as a long as I remember, the spellchecking (when entering text in textedit boxes) has never worked. But that's been ok b… (read more)

I've long had a Mac with a Firefox install. For as a long as I remember, the spellchecking (when entering text in textedit boxes) has never worked. But that's been ok because I only had the Mac for an xcode/iOS development job, and did most of my web browsing (using Firefox) elsewhere (Linux machines running Debian) and spell checking always worked fine there.

However stupid typos slipping through when I was using Firefox on the Mac eventually led to me wanting to get to the bottom of this.

It wasn't so much simply that the spellchecking doesn't operate... it's that the right-click menu is strangely devoid of anything but

 Undo Redo | Cut Copy Paste Delete Select All | Inspect | Block Element

(that last one from uBlock Origin plugin). NB there were no "Language" or "Check spelling" items there at all, which are the first things I'd look for on my other machines if spellchecking went awry.

I tied all the usual diagnostics/fixes: remove plugins (uBlock Origin is the only one I ever use), new profile, "refresh firefox"... none of it made any difference. I went through a ton of items on this site by nothing seemed to be quite the same problem and the suggested solutions didn't work for me.

I eventually decided reinstalling from scratch was the only option: binned Applications/Firefox and Library/Application Support/Firefox and did a fresh install of the 119.0 download. But no joy. I'm typing this in it right now and there's no spellchecking happening and the right-click menu is just the same as it was before: devoid of "Check spelling" or "Language" items.

The Firefox settings "Language" section does show "English (GB)" selected, and "Check your spelling as you type" enabled. But spell-checking certainly isn't happening in any text box I'm using.

(I've attached a screenshot of what the right-click menu does look like, when I bring it up in this text box I'm typing in now.)

I'm not a "Mac native" so I'm not sure what else on the system could be messing things up. In the system settings the Trackpad is set to "Click with 2 fingers" and certainly brings up a menu in Firefox text edit boxes... but it seems odd that the Language/Spelling-related items I'd expect to see are missing from it.

I'm totally baffled. Any help much appreciated.

Asked by timday1 6 months ago

Answered by zeroknight 6 months ago

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The preference browser.privatebrowsing.enable-new-indicator does not work as expected anymore.

It used to be that when I'd set browser.privatebrowsing.enable-new-indicator to false, that there would not be the text Private browsing next to the private browsing icon… (read more)

It used to be that when I'd set browser.privatebrowsing.enable-new-indicator to false, that there would not be the text Private browsing next to the private browsing icon on the tab bar. But now, even though I have confirmed that the setting is still on false, the text is back, just where I don't want it.

What is going on, and what step can I take to change it back?

Asked by Sterrence 6 months ago

Answered by zeroknight 6 months ago

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Compact mode - will it be back or not?

An answer from legit source (longtime moderator or developer) is welcome. I'm sorry if this has been asked before. I couldn't find it and I'd like to make my point. I di… (read more)

An answer from legit source (longtime moderator or developer) is welcome. I'm sorry if this has been asked before. I couldn't find it and I'd like to make my point.

I didn't like the design of Firefox when they first started this design with so much space wasted for tabs and toolbar. Every time I open Firefox it feels odd with gigantic empty spaces if I come from Chrome/Vivaldi which are thoughtfully compact.

I have 14" laptop and Firefox makes the UX very less intuitive.

As of now, I'm using the workaround for compact mode that was posted in this forum numerous times. It says (not supported) beside compact mode which makes me feel like that this feature is going to be removed completely in the future. That's the tipping point where I will stop using Firefox completely.

So, coming to the question - wait - Subject is the question...

Asked by Gmk 6 months ago

Answered by Paul 6 months ago

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stop defaulting to english version of website

I have an account with a French language news site lemonde.fr and want to read the website in French. I selected this option, to default to the French language version, w… (read more)

I have an account with a French language news site lemonde.fr and want to read the website in French. I selected this option, to default to the French language version, when I created the account on the site. However, Firefox redirects to the English version lemonde.fr/en. I do not want this and cannot figure out how to stop this from happening. Please provide specific instructions. Thank you!

Asked by fredemr 6 months ago

Answered by cor-el 6 months ago

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Menu bar, Download icon, my prior posts

I have Firefox 119.0 on Windows 10, and am confused about all these bars. Here is what I see at the top of the screen: (will have to use words for some icons) Line 1: … (read more)

I have Firefox 119.0 on Windows 10, and am confused about all these bars.

Here is what I see at the top of the screen: (will have to use words for some icons)

Line 1: File/ Edit/ View/ History/ Bookmarks/ Tools/ Help, then on the right, minimize/ restore/ end.

Line 2: Firefox icon/ search bar showing my home page “Google”/ Open new tab/ List all tabs.

Menu bar is checked, so is that the Menu bar?

Line 3: Back arrow/ Forward arrow/ Shield/ Lock/ https://www.google.com/ Save to pocket/ Firefox account/ Extensions/ Application menu.

Line 4: Google screen

I asked about Download on a previous question and got a reply from cor-el (Nov 6, 2023, 4:09:55 AM) which said if I went to Menu/ More tools/ Customize toolbar, I should see a Download icon, and if not, to Reset Defaults. Did not see one before or after the reset.

Think I read somewhere that there is a way to see my previous posts, but can’t remember.

So I guess this is three questions: 1. Is that the menu bar and is that what it’s supposed to look like? Think it used to be different. 2. Where is the Download icon? 3. How can I see my previous posts?

Thanks for help with any of these.

Asked by Barry Jedrick 6 months ago

Answered by Barry Jedrick 6 months ago

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Major A/V sync problem on Youtube

Hi. I'm experiencing a severe lag between Audio & Video on Youtube (video lags audio by more than a second) This ONLY happens on YT, ONLY on one PC (we have 3) and O… (read more)

Hi. I'm experiencing a severe lag between Audio & Video on Youtube (video lags audio by more than a second)

This ONLY happens on YT, ONLY on one PC (we have 3) and ONLY using Firefox. I've been through as much of YT as I can find, but nothing changes.

Running FF in safe mode eliminates the problem. I've checked all addons/extensions etc in normal mode, but none are enabled & can't find anything else which makes any difference.

Using Chrome/Edge/IE Explorer all are fine, using a different streaming service (UK TV Play/BBC iPlayer etc), all work fine with FF.

As a last resort, I deleted FF and all associated files, folders, registry entries and caches. Upon re-installing FF the problem returns.

I've tried running without antivirus protection, in case a firewall or somthing was messing with it, bit to no avail.

I'm totally flummoxed, so if anyone can shed some light, it'd be much appreciated. I really don't want to change to another browser as FF has served us well for years.............. but....y'know.

Thanks. Annie

Asked by anniemasters 6 months ago

Answered by cor-el 6 months ago

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Did Not Restore Window, Tabs

This is version 119.0.1 on 64-Bit Windows 10. Due to an abrupt Windows update requiring restart, this browser should have restored the previous session, which it didn't.… (read more)

This is version 119.0.1 on 64-Bit Windows 10. Due to an abrupt Windows update requiring restart, this browser should have restored the previous session, which it didn't. Edge was open to; and it did that with no problem. At the moment the box requiring restart showed, the screen froze with no access to Firefox settings. Still, it should have restored the previous session as Edge did.

Asked by tightpurchaser 6 months ago

Answered by jonzn4SUSE 6 months ago

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firefox browser cannot open folder selection

I'm using firefox 119.0.1 Version on a Steam deck(SteamOS) and installed using the Discover app when in browser i cannot click on the "Open the file browser" icon that a… (read more)

I'm using firefox 119.0.1 Version on a Steam deck(SteamOS) and installed using the Discover app

when in browser i cannot click on the "Open the file browser" icon that appears on websites. Also i cannot open the Downloads folder within the Menu bar from firefox I tried entering into safe-mode and still couldn't open I also tried using another User Profile under "Right click Firefox -> firefox profile manager" to try to see if it was something from my user profile that was causing the issue but i also couldnt open in another profile.

I also tried on a different browser to see if it was my device problem but i could open it. i tried on Brave and Chrome and it worked.

i dont know what to do, this was working normally last week and now it doesnt work, Even in another profile with no configuration done no extension and not logged in the "Open file" button doesnt work

Asked by wolmaner00 6 months ago

Answered by zeroknight 6 months ago

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History Only Shows Today's History

I am having this issue where Firefox only keeps "Today's" history. I have thoroughly looked at the community's similar issue fixes. I do not have Private Browsing on. I… (read more)

I am having this issue where Firefox only keeps "Today's" history. I have thoroughly looked at the community's similar issue fixes.

I do not have Private Browsing on. I have set "Custom Settings History:

 -Remember browsing and download history
 -Remember search and form history

I do not have CC Cleaner or like apps and the one I do is on auto-manual and does not clear FF.

There is no reason for this. I would like to know when answering, what are a couple of likely causes for this. It appears by many queries here and on Google this has been an issue for years and FF seems not to want to fix it or know about it. Your help is appreciated.

Asked by StevenB 6 months ago

Answered by cor-el 6 months ago

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Taskbar icon appearing blank

Hello, today firefox has been appearing as a blank icon on my taskbar. I have tried solutions suggested in older posts but it did not help unfortunately. if i try to 1-… (read more)

Hello, today firefox has been appearing as a blank icon on my taskbar. I have tried solutions suggested in older posts but it did not help unfortunately. if i try to

1- right click unpin from taskbar the icon shows once more. 2- right click, the icon disappears/becomes blank. 3- click pin to taskbar, the icon remains blank.

attached is the image showing the steps i described above

Asked by manysmiles 6 months ago

Answered by manysmiles 6 months ago

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Chatgpt issue on Firefox browser, comparing Edge

I am experiencing issues with my ChatGPT subscription while using it on the Firefox browser. Despite having an active subscription with access to ChatGPT-4, the interface… (read more)

I am experiencing issues with my ChatGPT subscription while using it on the Firefox browser. Despite having an active subscription with access to ChatGPT-4, the interface only shows an 'Upgrade' option instead of the 'Refer a Friend' feature, which suggests that my subscription isn't being recognized properly. Additionally, whenever I try to send a message in the chat, I receive an error stating, 'Our systems have detected unusual activity from your system. Please try again later.' I haven't encountered these issues on other browsers. Could you please provide assistance or guidance on how to resolve these problems with Firefox?"

I have tried to clear the cache, and relogin, does not work...

I am wondering if this is an issue of Firefox or ChatGPT, any resolution on this?

Asked by Zhenggli 6 months ago

Answered by Zhenggli 6 months ago

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Certain websites timing out in Firefox but not Safari

On both my old laptop and a new one (so a new installation of Firefox), I'm unable to load Frontier Airlines' website (www.flyfrontier.com) and get a time-out message: … (read more)

On both my old laptop and a new one (so a new installation of Firefox), I'm unable to load Frontier Airlines' website (www.flyfrontier.com) and get a time-out message:


The connection has timed out

The server at flyfrontier.com is taking too long to respond.

   The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few moments.
   If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer’s network connection.
   If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure that Firefox is permitted to access the web.


This happens even with all of my extensions disabled, with enhanced tracking protection turned off for that site and with HTTPS-only mode and DNS over HTTPS disabled. It also happens when using Firefox in safe mode. Safari loads the same website very quickly and with no problems. Does anyone know what might be going wrong? Thanks.

Asked by mrjhalford+software 6 months ago

Answered by zeroknight 6 months ago

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Flightradar24.com issue.

Since Firefox update 19.0,1 flightradar website freezes when I click on an aircraft... Using brave browser no problems. windows 10 laptop with windows security all upda… (read more)

Since Firefox update 19.0,1 flightradar website freezes when I click on an aircraft...

Using brave browser no problems.

windows 10 laptop with windows security all updated.

Asked by Shortcircuit44 6 months ago

Answered by cor-el 6 months ago

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Can I use BOTH a default pattern and custom image background in Firefox Color (custom theme creator)?

Is there a way to enable using both a default pattern as well as a custom image for the background on Firefox Color? I really want to enable both but it is making me choo… (read more)

Is there a way to enable using both a default pattern as well as a custom image for the background on Firefox Color? I really want to enable both but it is making me choose one or the other. Please help me do this or enable the ability to do so.

Asked by Austin 6 months ago

Answered by zeroknight 5 months ago

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Spell Check only available in English?

Hi I'm tired off spell check constantly saying I'm misspelling words because I'm writing in Danish, so I decided to download the danish dictionary for it, but it isn't w… (read more)

Hi

I'm tired off spell check constantly saying I'm misspelling words because I'm writing in Danish, so I decided to download the danish dictionary for it, but it isn't working. When I right click on a "misspelled" word, it will only let me choose the default English (United States).

I have triple checked that I actually do have the danish dictionary downloaded an enabled.

Asked by gibsen 6 months ago

Answered by cor-el 6 months ago

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'Home' and "PgUp/Dn' buttons not working - Thinkpad

Hi, Just installed Firefox (again) as I want to move away from Chrome/Edge. Overall I like it but having the following problems... The 'Home' key on the top of my Thin… (read more)

Hi,

Just installed Firefox (again) as I want to move away from Chrome/Edge. Overall I like it but having the following problems...

The 'Home' key on the top of my Thinkpad no longer functions. When using Chrome or Edge, clicking on 'Home' brings me to the top of the web page I'm looking at. Very handy.

For scrolling long pages, 'PgUp' and 'PgDn' are useful for scrolling sections at time.

But in Firefox, none of these are working properly. the 'Home button does nothing at all. I have used 'Fn+Left' and this works sometimes, other times it does nothing.

The Page Up and Down keys are hit and miss. Sometimes the Page Down button will take me to the bottom of the page, while the 'PageUp' will take me up for a section or two and then stop working.

I'd really like to stick to Firefox but this functionality is important for me and it's very annoying not having it working properly.

Any tips or help will be appreciated.

Thanks, B

Asked by bmulkerns 6 months ago

Answered by cor-el 6 months ago

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On YouTube, AFTER I select a video, the front screen is black (video otherwise is OK)

UPDATE: when I use the troubleshooting method, i.e, WHAT HAPPENS is it appears to be trying to work, but it's on again, off again, with more than one extension appearing … (read more)

UPDATE: when I use the troubleshooting method, i.e, WHAT HAPPENS is it appears to be trying to work, but it's on again, off again, with more than one extension appearing to be the problem. Very mystifying. The only time the problem is completely fixed appears to be when I close all the extensions. (So far.)

HELP!!!!

When I open YouTube, the search videos all show an image. Then when I select one, for the last two days now, that ("front page) image is gone - although the video plays OK.

When I us my Chrome browser the video I've selected begins playing the instant I open the video; even when I've opened the link in a new tab.

Asked by SanMan187 6 months ago

Answered by zeroknight 6 months ago

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Is there any way to get back my previously open windows?

I was having trouble with Firefox freezing and needed to close it with Task Manager and reopen it whenever this happened. On one of these restarts, only a few of my windo… (read more)

I was having trouble with Firefox freezing and needed to close it with Task Manager and reopen it whenever this happened. On one of these restarts, only a few of my windows opened up with the new session. All of the other open windows vanished. They're not in my history or my recently closed windows at all. There are three specific windows of the lost windows that had data I was actively using and don't want to lose. The URLs would be enough. I was also using the other windows, but I can re-find that information easily enough.

Asked by Sean 6 months ago

Answered by zeroknight 6 months ago