When I first start up Firefox the address bar just shows "Go to a Web site" instead of the page's URL.
I tried starting in safe mode but could not find anything there.
What do you have set as the Home Page? If you have about:home (Firefox's default home page) this is what you will see. If you have something else set, you should see the URL.
If you have Firefox set to open with a blank page, it will show "Go to a Web site" in the address bar. You can change that in the Firefox Options window - General panel under "Startup". See Startup, home page, tabs, and download settings for details.
Alice, no I don't have FF set to open with a blank page.
Tyler, no, I am not using about:config.
For instance: I have a link on my desktop [ http://www.instituteforlegalreform.com/states ], and if I double-click it, yes, it opens, but the address bar is not showing the url.
Yet, if I click that link now, with this answer page already open, the new link showing the page will also show the URL.
An Internet Shortcut on your desktop is another story! I created an Internet Shortcut to http://www.instituteforlegalreform.com/states by dragging its icon in the Firefox address bar to my Windows 7 desktop. It works for me with Firefox closed, since I have Firefox set as my default browser ... but I do see "Go to a website" for a fraction of a second before the page loads and I DO see the URL in the address bar.
I checked http://kb.mozillazine.org/Windows_error_opening_In
Also, maybe Tylerdowner has another suggestion or idea.
lice, yes, the page does open but the URL does not show in the address bar -- and yest, for links in text, like that getting tot his page, it seems to work fine. ?
Is the problem ONLY happening with Internet Shortcuts, when you double-click on one to start Firefox and open a specific website?
In any case, you could try the Troubleshooting extensions and themes suggestions, in case one of your Firefox extensions or themes is causing the URL to be missing from the address bar. Or, if you don't have many extensions installed or other customizations, you could try a Firefox Reset. See Refresh Firefox - reset add-ons and settings.
Alice, yes, it appears to be when I start FF from a shortcut to a site that I see it the most. Once I am in FF, as I move between sites, it appears to lessen.
Is that something that a site could control -- not showing in the address bar, or is that controlled at the FF level? I ask because if it were a FF issue, wouldn't it be consistently one way or the other?
I'll try the links you shared.
Do try the Troubleshooting extensions and themes suggestions.