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Can't type in Firefox. adress bar, search bar or anywhere else. safemode didn't help, as well as reinstalation. using latest Firefox

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Can't type in Firefox. adress bar, search bar or anywhere else. safemode didn't help, as well as reinstalation. using latest Firefox

Didn't install new add-ons, or anything like that. just at one moment it stopped working.

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Re: Can't type in Firefox. adress bar, search bar or anywhere else. safemode didn't help, as well as reinstalation. using latest Firefox

Hi sergoov,

Have you tried restarting with the add-ons disabled? Also you might want to check any extensions you have installed they might be the cause of the issue.

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Re: Can't type in Firefox. adress bar, search bar or anywhere else. safemode didn't help, as well as reinstalation. using latest Firefox

tried without add-ons, didn't help. also have not installed any add-ons for about 3-4 months...

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Re: Can't type in Firefox. adress bar, search bar or anywhere else. safemode didn't help, as well as reinstalation. using latest Firefox

Create a new profile as a test to check if your current profile is causing the problems.

See "Creating a profile":

If the new profile works then you can transfer some files from an existing profile to the new profile, but be careful not to copy corrupted files.


If that didn't help then do a clean reinstall and delete the Firefox program folder before reinstalling a fresh copy of Firefox.

Download a fresh Firefox copy and save the file to the desktop.

Uninstall your current Firefox version, if possible, to cleanup the Windows registry and settings in security software.

  • Do NOT remove personal data when you uninstall your current Firefox version, because all profile folders will be removed and you will also lose your personal data like bookmarks and passwords from profiles of other Firefox versions.

Remove the Firefox program folder before installing that newly downloaded copy of the Firefox installer.

Your bookmarks and other profile data are stored in the Firefox Profile Folder and won't be affected by an uninstall and (re)install, but make sure that "remove personal data" is NOT selected when you uninstall Firefox.


New User

Re: Can't type in Firefox. adress bar, search bar or anywhere else. safemode didn't help, as well as reinstalation. using latest Firefox

Don't know how, but it fixed by it self after few hours. didn't even restarted my PC... Thanks anyway)

New User

Re: Can't type in Firefox. adress bar, search bar or anywhere else. safemode didn't help, as well as reinstalation. using latest Firefox

As a fellow tech support professional, I would hope and expect Mozilla to look into this issue and resolve it in a timely fashion. Clearly many of their users are affected by this problem. Clearly, the simple yet ineffective solutions listed on various forums and sites are not working as desired.

Firefox has been having issues for the past few years and with the likes of new browsers on the horizon I would think that customer satisfaction and a stable product would be on the forefront of their business plan.

Please get this issue resolved or I (a faithful firefox user and promoter since early 2005) will be sticking with Opera.

New User

Re: Can't type in Firefox. adress bar, search bar or anywhere else. safemode didn't help, as well as reinstalation. using latest Firefox

this happens every now and then can't type anywhere in firefox closing and restarting does nothing i never did the complete reinstall cause them problem just seem to come and go randomly the only thing that worked to fix it every time is to right click firefox and run as administrator.

New User

Re: Can't type in Firefox. adress bar, search bar or anywhere else. safemode didn't help, as well as reinstalation. using latest Firefox

Run as Administrator (in XP) has in fact restored the ability to enter text in fields in firefox with the keyboard. Firefox intializes as if a new install from Administrator login (import Window and Make default dialog appear), though no new profile appears in profile manager. New profile had not resolved the problem in any way.

I would characterize this as a clumsy work around. It would be nice to find the real bug (through many versions at this point) and remedy it. Since I often remote to the machine where the problem occurs (during local use), I wonder if ts has anything to do with it.

New User

Re: Can't type in Firefox. adress bar, search bar or anywhere else. safemode didn't help, as well as reinstalation. using latest Firefox

Since I have to use Chrome to enter this Reply, I might as well /just/ use Chrome, no? On this machine, login as Administrator did not reatore type in firefox. Profile manager doesn't accept type either, so New Profile isn't a valuable work around. What has happened at Firefox? sad days.

New User

Re: Can't type in Firefox. adress bar, search bar or anywhere else. safemode didn't help, as well as reinstalation. using latest Firefox

I'm having the same issue just upgraded to 20.0 and now I can't type in the address bar. I set my homepage to google I can navigate from there but nothing else.

I have reset my firefox and even disabled all the addons and still no luck.