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URL does not show when Firefox starts up

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.

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Re: URL does not show when Firefox starts up

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.

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Re: URL does not show when Firefox starts up

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.

New User

Re: URL does not show when Firefox starts up

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.

Very strange.

Site Moderator

Re: URL does not show when Firefox starts up

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_Internet_shortcut_or_local_HTML_file_-_Firefox but it doesn't seem to apply to your error ... the page does open in Firefox, but the URL does not show up in the address bar? If that's not the problem please explain it better.

Also, maybe Tylerdowner has another suggestion or idea.

New User

Re: URL does not show when Firefox starts up

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. ?

Chuck

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Re: URL does not show when Firefox starts up

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.

New User

Re: URL does not show when Firefox starts up

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.

Thanks, Chuck

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Re: URL does not show when Firefox starts up

Some web pages open in special windows which hide the address bar, change the window size, or make other changes via javaScript but that doesn't seem to be the case with your example Internet Shortcut to http://www.instituteforlegalreform.com/states , since it works for me just fine.

Do try the Troubleshooting extensions and themes suggestions.

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Re: URL does not show when Firefox starts up

Gotcha. thanks Alice.

Chuck