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New install of Ubuntu, Firefox menu bar is missing.

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I have a new machine with a new install of Ubuntu 12.04. In Firefox the menu bar is missing. I have the black border with 3 buttons in the left and the current page title. I also have a tabs bar and toolbars. I've looked in the forum/help and tried the suggestions there, here's what happened:

If I right-click the tab bar, the only toolbars shown in the drop-down menu are Navigation, Bookmarks and Add-ons, so I can't show the menu bar that way.

I don't have a Firefox button.

I've tried creating a new toolbar and moving all buttons except the address field and google search across in case it was a lack of space on the toolbar but that didn't help.

I can't reset the profile as I don't have a help menu.

I've re-installed Firefox and there was no change.

Does anyone have other suggestions please?

Tim

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Hello timearl. Thanks for contacting us for solving your problem.

Ubuntu 12.04 has a new interface called Unity. This interface is designed to hide applications menus so they can only be seen when you hover the application title at the top left corner of the screen (where are your user name and notifications) with your mouse.

Do not hesitate to contact us if that did or did not solve your problem.

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Ubuntu 11.xx and later displays window menus in the control bar at the top of the screen with the switch to the Unity window manager.


Click on Bookmarks/Show All Bookmarks then move your mouse to the left upper corner toward Firefox Web Browser. You will get pop up menu (Organize, Views and Import and Backup).

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Thanks for the helpful replies. I think there are two things going on here:

It seems Firefox was buggy. Having shut down and rebooted a few times I now have a Firefox button, and I can show/hide the menu bar when I right-click the tab bar. (This is while using Xfce)

What I still can't see is the Ubuntu bar at the top of the screen. Since the Firefox problem went away I see it briefly during boot-up, but it's then covered by the Xfce bar. I briefly went back to Ubuntu desktop and the appn menu bars appear as you describe. I believe this is using Unity, having followed the link you provided. Is this a problem with Xfce, and should I therefore post it separately?

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We didn't notify you were using Xfce instead of Unity, Unity is default Ubuntu Desktop interface, but you may have Xubuntu which uses XFCE.