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How do I restore my tabs and windows, whether open or closed, when everything else fails?

This is not so much a question, as an answer that some people desperately need. Ever since Version 34, Firefox has done a superb job of restoring the tabs that the user h… (funda kabanzi)

This is not so much a question, as an answer that some people desperately need.

Ever since Version 34, Firefox has done a superb job of restoring the tabs that the user has created, either on restarting Firefox (if that option is chosen) or on request.

The details of how to restore tabs are covered in Firefox's basic help online, and even how to deal with several crashes in a row (such as in an addon) ruin the normal backup file are also well explained.

However, today I accidentally pressed Alt+F4 twice on my poorly-designed keyboard and closed my main window, with 93 tabs, and another Firefox window as well. I'm not sure this is exactly what happened, but I lost all 93 of my tabs.

I read many of the postings in which people give various suggestions, but none worked. Every time I restored a version of the sessionstore.js file I saw the same lonely empty tab. Restoring prefs.js did nothing, and neither did making changes in the internal configuration constants.

I tried refreshing/resetting Firefox (which preserves bookmarks), but I still couldn't restore the tabs. It was now clear that the problem was in sessionstore.js (and all its backups) for sure.

I'm writing this for people who must restore their windows or tabs, and don't mind getting technical about it. That was my situation.

The solution was to realize that the sessionstore.js file contains JSON code, which is an efficient way to represent integers and strings arranged in a tree structure.

I figured there must be a JSON editor somewhere, and it turns out there is a great one available online, at www.jsoneditoronline.org . It can read a file on your computer, edit it, then save it back on your computer.

As soon as I viewed sessionstore.js in the editor, it was obvious how easy this was going to be. The top level of the tree is understandable. I simply grabbed the data representing the window with 93 tabs, and dragged it from the list of closed Firefox windows to the list of open windows. This automatically moved the history of each tab, and even the strings entered into forms.

After copying sessionstore.js back to the Firefox profile, I started Firefox one more time. The playing of Pandora signalled that my tabs were back and functioning once again.

Now, editing JSON code is not something that everyone is ready for. And your problem might not be reflected in the JSON tree so simply. But, for technical-minded people who don't want to lose their tabs or windows to a mistake or a crash, this technique can be just what's needed when everything else fails.

Asked by David Spector 5 iminyaka edlule

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Facebook gets hung up running a script (Windows 8) - how can I get it to stop?

I have three laptops -- one with Windows 7 and two with Windows 8, all using Firefox. Only one of the Windows 8 laptops gets hung up on Facebook every time I open it, sa… (funda kabanzi)

I have three laptops -- one with Windows 7 and two with Windows 8, all using Firefox. Only one of the Windows 8 laptops gets hung up on Facebook every time I open it, saying that a script is running slow. I tried the YesScript, and then Facebook wouldn't open at all. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Where the ⌘-H (Command-H) disapeared from the Firefox menu on OSX?

Dear, i can't anymore find the Command-H keystroke to hide Firefox on OSX. In Firefox menu only the quit command left. Is there any way to fix it? Bests, Daniel o … (funda kabanzi)

Dear, i can't anymore find the Command-H keystroke to hide Firefox on OSX. In Firefox menu only the quit command left. Is there any way to fix it?

Bests, Daniel o

Asked by danielo 5 iminyaka edlule

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Win 8.1 Firefox Shortcut & Taskbar Pin Firefox pin has lost all right click options other than Mozilla Firefox, Unpin this program from taskbar & close window.

Win 8.1 Firefox Shortcut & Taskbar Pin Firefox pin has lost all right click options other than Mozilla Firefox, Unpin this program from taskbar & close window. N… (funda kabanzi)

Win 8.1 Firefox Shortcut & Taskbar Pin Firefox pin has lost all right click options other than Mozilla Firefox, Unpin this program from taskbar & close window.

New window, private browsing, etc. are gone.

Asked by ff1020 5 iminyaka edlule

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access foxfire from a word doc by clicking the web site listed???

I have a list of sites on a word document that in the past I was able to ctrl/click and the site and it would open on Mozilla Foxfire. how can I restore this feature? … (funda kabanzi)

I have a list of sites on a word document that in the past I was able to ctrl/click and the site and it would open on Mozilla Foxfire. how can I restore this feature?

Asked by wpdusablon 5 iminyaka edlule

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Disabling hardware acceleration also screws up font anti-aliasing

As in title. First screenshot shows what happens with hardware acceleration enabled, which looks better, second screenshot shows how it looks aliased with acceleration di… (funda kabanzi)

As in title.

First screenshot shows what happens with hardware acceleration enabled, which looks better, second screenshot shows how it looks aliased with acceleration disabled, with the stroke missing in certain places on very light fonts.

However, when hardware acceleration is enabled, if I open very large images or lots of inline images at a time, the browser window will flash white, all tabs will lose their favicons, and the browser must be restarted. For this reason I'm looking to keep hardware acceleration disabled, but use it (or its method) for rendering fonts only, if such a thing is possible. Alternatively I'd like a fix for hardware acceleration causing such behavior, although that seems more difficult.

Cleartype and font smoothing are both on systemwide. Disabling any of them makes the fonts even worse.

Thanks in advance.

Asked by impy 5 iminyaka edlule

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getpocket tool no longer works after I installed noscript.(SOLVED)

I think I need to whitelist something but I am not sure what it is? Here is a picture of the white box I get when I click it, SOLVED This problem resolved itself with t… (funda kabanzi)

I think I need to whitelist something but I am not sure what it is?

Here is a picture of the white box I get when I click it,

SOLVED

This problem resolved itself with the most recent noscript update.

Asked by noalternative 5 iminyaka edlule

Last reply by Seburo 5 iminyaka edlule

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Parts of my Wordpress site have stopped working in FF but are ok in IE. Why?

It has only been in the past 2 days. Before no issues at all.. I have tried clearing - cache, cookies, reinstalled FF. restarted the computer. turned off each add-on in… (funda kabanzi)

It has only been in the past 2 days. Before no issues at all.. I have tried clearing - cache, cookies, reinstalled FF. restarted the computer. turned off each add-on individually. Started in safe mode.

Oh, and in Fishworld a certain part of it has stopped working too but is still ok in IE.. See the speech bubbles top right of top pics to compare the IE and FF responses..

I am totally out of ideas and any assistance you could send my way would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers, Sharon

Asked by P1nk66 5 iminyaka edlule

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How do I arrange it so that I'm not having multiple closures when I only want to close one hotmail message, NOT HOTMAIL?

I'm very tired of trying to close one message, only to have the hotmail account itself slam shut, thus requiring re-starting. Surely it's not supposed to act like this. A… (funda kabanzi)

I'm very tired of trying to close one message, only to have the hotmail account itself slam shut, thus requiring re-starting. Surely it's not supposed to act like this. A warning message doesn't help with the actual closure. I just know it is going to happen and am annoyed, again.

Note: This is not my default email account, nor do I want it to be. I want to be able to access two different accounts by opening one of two browsers. That part works but this closing thing is infuriating.

Asked by PatriciaEE 5 iminyaka edlule

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Do you know that RAM oxidation can cause youtube playback problems? I've just fixed my problems by cleaning my ram sticks!

I was sure that the new firefox 40 was the problem. To make it worse in chrome the videos were not lagging at all, but when I restarted my computer it failed to restart p… (funda kabanzi)

I was sure that the new firefox 40 was the problem. To make it worse in chrome the videos were not lagging at all, but when I restarted my computer it failed to restart properly. I saw this kind of problems with ram sticks before so I said to give it a try. The sticks were very hot and one of them showed signs of oxidation. I've cleaned them with a eraser and now the computer works great again.

I have 4gb ddr2 800 adata vitesta in 4x1gb sticks.

Asked by brioalex 5 iminyaka edlule

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[SOLVED] To watch my security camera over the internet I need to install ocx2.exe. SOLUTION

I have a security camera that I can view over the internet. To view it I have to download and run a file ocx2.exe. Once I do that I can see what the camera sees - but onl… (funda kabanzi)

I have a security camera that I can view over the internet. To view it I have to download and run a file ocx2.exe. Once I do that I can see what the camera sees - but only on Internet Explorer. In Firefox (latest version) it just says "Download OCX/Plugin".

When you run ocx2.exe (in windows 7) it registers the file npipcam2.dll.

I did manage to get Firefox to work with the camera in the past - but have no idea how I did that. I think I managed to get it to appear as a plug-in but had to enable it to work.

OK - skip the question - I found the Solution whilst writing so post it for others.

There is an add-on called IP Cam PTZ that makes the camera work - install the add-on and activate it always in the add-ons menu.

Asked by briley 4 iminyaka edlule

Last reply by FredMcD 4 iminyaka edlule

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homepage change not staying

OK, never mind. I just found an article that directed me to load the homepage and drag and drop the tab to the home button and it seems to have worked!! Thanks mozilla fo… (funda kabanzi)

OK, never mind. I just found an article that directed me to load the homepage and drag and drop the tab to the home button and it seems to have worked!! Thanks mozilla for making all possible effort to assist your users=))))))

Asked by ornerybroad 4 iminyaka edlule

Last reply by guigs 4 iminyaka edlule

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Firefox Cut-and-Paste not working, found solution in a FEBE AddOn setting

This is not technically a PROBLEM per se , but hopefully more of a possible SOLUTION for a general problem, for some users anyway. I had been fighting a problem with Fir… (funda kabanzi)

This is not technically a PROBLEM per se , but hopefully more of a possible SOLUTION for a general problem, for some users anyway.

I had been fighting a problem with FireFox updates (I thought) having disabled my Cut-and-Paste ability from practically any webpage to my word processing products (like "Microsoft's Word"). The Cut-and-Paste feature would work if pasted to Window's Notepad, but not to Word. After lots of searching, I found (by accident) a feature in the Environment Backup Extension (FEBE) AddOn feature for Firefox to be causing the problem (for me). Using the "about:config" feature, I searched for "clipboard". I then reset (toggled) the "extensions.febe.copyToClipboard" from "false" to "true". The problem went away. I don't know what issue this may be affecting in the AddOn, but I can do more without FEBE than I can Cut-and-Paste not working.

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Asked by dstout49 4 iminyaka edlule

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Opening a new tab (Top Sites) begins downloading a file from an old site. The solution: remove the source web site from Top Sites.

Every time I'd open a new tab, my download manager would pop open asking to save an mp3 file. The mp3 file was from a web site that would automatically start playing the… (funda kabanzi)

Every time I'd open a new tab, my download manager would pop open asking to save an mp3 file. The mp3 file was from a web site that would automatically start playing the music anytime you went to it's home page. <insert long story of chasing numerous ways of clearing cache files and stored settings that didn't work> Yes, a new profile (devoid of any important saved information) worked. But that wasn't a solution, just an avoidance. ... The solution: My new tabs were configured to show my top sites. By sheer luck I happened to notice the source web site of this mp3 file being displayed within my top sites. Clicking the X to remove that site solved the issue.

Asked by 4DGeorge 4 iminyaka edlule

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Why is Firefox unable to connect to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides?

Firefox was having a hard time connecting to Google docs, sheets, and slides, saying "Connecting" or "Reconnecting." Then whenever a connection was established it was ver… (funda kabanzi)

Firefox was having a hard time connecting to Google docs, sheets, and slides, saying "Connecting" or "Reconnecting." Then whenever a connection was established it was very slow, it couldn't keep up with everyone else on the doc, and the connection would drop constantly.

Now I've resolved this by going to

Options > Advanced > Network > (Connection) Settings... > No Proxy

This has fixed the issue for now but it's unclear how effective it's going to be with other users on the doc because I haven't had sufficient time to test it all out yet.

I made this post to help others find this solution because there's nothing online that directly relates to solving this problem with Firefox.

I hope it helps.

Adam

Asked by adamjayb 4 iminyaka edlule

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Why upon installing a security upgrade just now all my bookmarks & history have disappeared

Hi - Thank you in advance for your help. My old laptop runs on Windows XP Professional. I just carried out a security upgrade & all my history & bookmarks have di… (funda kabanzi)

Hi - Thank you in advance for your help. My old laptop runs on Windows XP Professional. I just carried out a security upgrade & all my history & bookmarks have disappeared. About 4 days ago when I thought I had lost all my bookmarks, I found that the way I could access them had changed, but even this new way does not show any of the bookmarks or history. I noticed the problem of the missing bookmarks & history just now when I went to save a bookmark & noticed all the folders I had set up had disappeared! I do backups every day of 'My Documents', 'Desktop', 'My Favourites' & 'Documents & Settings/Ali'. Could you please help as I have a great deal of information saved under the bookmarks which would be extremely painful to lose. Thanks again

UPDATE: I managed to restore the bookmarks by going to 'Library', 'Import & Backup' & then restore, where to my surprise there were backs for the last 15 days. As there were a large number of bookmarks, once I asked to restore for today, I kept getting 'unresponsive script' messages & found out that if I just asked it to continue, teh bookmarks eventually reappeared in full. I hope this helps other users as well.

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Can't close single pop-up window virus?

I ran into an issue with a pop-up window that didn't want to close, and a simple google search provided the answer of abandon all open tabs and start from scratch... That… (funda kabanzi)

I ran into an issue with a pop-up window that didn't want to close, and a simple google search provided the answer of abandon all open tabs and start from scratch... That's not particularly an idea I fancy!

I actually discovered a very simple solution, but I can't post it anywhere because all of the posts are archived!

The malicious pop-up was opening another window, to supposedly enter access credentials. This was keeping me from being able to close the window, and when I closed this alternate window, it would pop right back before I could do anything else. A light bulb forms!

I disabled my computers wireless connection, via the network and internet settings, and the pop-up was no longer able to restore the access credentials window. Close the malicious pop-up, and restore internet connection!

I would like to share this work-around with others that may have a similar issue, but can't find any open posts about it. Can a Mod help me out with this task?

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