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Caret Browsing

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Caret Browsing

I've read countless articles on how to fix this problem, however, the problem continues. I seem to have some sort of permanent Caret Browsing on this browser. I've gone into about:config and turned it true/false and the problem still remains. I have no idea how to fix this problem. Also, regardless of pressing ctrl + f7, nothing pops up, even when it's turned on to do so. It's incredibly annoying and I'd like help with fixing this issue immediately before my poor keyboard breaks due to my frustration.


Re: Caret Browsing

No there is no need to break your keyboard, just try the following few steps, Did you try Safe mode?

Try a clean reinstall and delete the Firefox program folder before reinstalling a fresh copy of Firefox.

   (32 bit Windows) C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\
   (64 bit Windows) C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla 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.

   It is important to delete the Firefox program folder to remove all the files and make sure that there are no problems with files that were leftover after uninstalling. 

Take the backup of your Bookmarks and then remove all the content of the browser and then install a new fresh browser.

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Re: Caret Browsing

Do you mean that you get a cursor in the browsing window if you click on a web page?

Try to rename or delete the prefs.js file and possible numbered prefs-##.js files and a possible user.js file to reset all prefs to the default values.

Start Firefox in Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions (Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Extensions) or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance).

  • Do NOT click the Reset button on the Safe mode start window or otherwise make changes.
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Re: Caret Browsing

Please update to Firefox 18.0.2 ASAP Update Firefox to the latest version