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May. 13th, 2014 | 02:18 pm

OK, so Firefox (with its long-dreaded new UI, Australis) recently came out. And as usual, alongside all the new features and "features", it contains a bunch of security fixes, so not upgrading is not really an option.

The new UI is actually not quite as bad as I'd thought it'd be; thanks to the continued efforts of extension/theme developers, much that's supposed to work still does. Microfox is still available, for instance, which is great.

But there's problems. Two smaller ones: the tab bar is on top of the URL bar now, and you cannot change this (strange enough given that everytime Mozilla's writing about the new UI, they rant and rave about how customizable it is); and the back/forward buttons are glued to the URL field now and cannot be moved away from it (also strange, for much the same reason).

These are annoying, but no dealbreakers.

What is a dealbreaker is the bookmarks bar, which is empty now: entirely blank, without any bookmarks being shown at all. Some web-searching reveals I'm not the only one with this problem, yet none of the solutions offered worked for me. I've tried AT LEAST the following:

  • Disabling and re-enabling the bookmarks toolbar.
  • Resetting Firefox's UI.
  • Starting Firefox in safe mode.

Nothing worked; toolbar bookmarks aren't showing up even though I can access them through the bookmarks menu just fine. Dragging bookmarks onto the toolbar also doesn't work.

I've no idea why this is happening or what to do about it, and apparently neither does anybody else. I'm tempted to report this as a bug, but knowing Mozilla, I'll just get a) "did you try the obvious", b) "we need more information", and c) silence, in that order, with the bug rotting for years and (perhaps) eventually being closed for being old and stale. I don't want to single out Mozilla there, but reporting bugs to larger projects in particular is often an exercise in futility unless the issue you're reporting is severe, sexy, and clear (if not necessarily easy) to diagnose. Comparatively minor, dull and fuzzy issues don't stand a chance.

If anyone's got a solution, or ideas for what else I could try, post 'em below. Also, if I find something that works, I'll amend this post.

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Ysengrin Blackpaw

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from: ysengrin
date: May. 13th, 2014 12:29 pm (UTC)
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I like my tabs on the side - and the add-on Tree Style Tab still works just fine for that :)

No suggestions on the bookmark bar. I find it annoying, but not quite a dealbreaker.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 13th, 2014 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Tabs on the side... now there's an interesting idea.

Ah, so the bookmark toolbar isn't working for you, either? Perhaps it's a widespread problem, then — that'd be good, insofar as that it'd at least make it more likely that the issue will be looked into, and hopefully fixed.

It's pretty much a dealbreaker for me, insofar as that I do pretty much all my browsing with toolbar bookmarks and bookmarklets.

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Jaffa

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from: jaffa_tamarin
date: May. 13th, 2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome to have my bookmarks toolbar. Mine is working and I never use it.

Moving the tabs up top was annoying and stupid, but I fixed it with 'Classic Theme Restorer' add-on (which also has an option for movable back/forward buttons).

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 13th, 2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I looked into Classic Theme Restorer. It seems to be a great extension, but it doesn't play well with Microfox, and I ultimately decided that having tabs on top was a smaller price to pay than losing my preferred screen-real-estate-saving theme.

I'll gladly take your bookmarks toolbar, too. :)

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from: winterheart01
date: May. 13th, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, that bookmark toolbar issue is indeed a strange one.
Mine is working fine to be honest, I don't have any theme running so I do not know if it is related to that.

What does annoy the hell out of me in this release is that when creating new tabs, that the tabs which are not selected (active) are as dark as the bar they're on, so I can hardly see the difference until I hover over them with the mouse :(

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 13th, 2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
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I tried switching back to the default theme, actually — forgot to mention that, but it didn't make any difference. :/

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