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Firefox web browser popularity wanes
ZDNet ^ | 7 July 2014 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

Posted on 07/10/2014 4:47:51 AM PDT by ShadowAce

When you take a look at Net Applications' web desktop browser market share reports over the long run two things stand out. One, there's the rise of Google's Chrome to second place, and two, Mozilla's Firefox's steep decline.

Web-Browser-June2014
After a long slow fall, Firefox's market-share decline recently got steeper.

How bad is Firefox's fall? In June 2014, Firefox hit a new five-year low of 15.6 percent market share.

Back in October 2009, Firefox was on the rise and had reached 23.75 percent. Life was good. Since July 2012, the browser started trending downward. Indeed, since May 2013, with Firefox at 20.6%, the once popular browser hasn't risen above 20%.

As for the other desktop web browsers, Internet Explorer (IE) retains first place with a new two-year high of 58.4 percent in June 2014. Chrome, which jumped from 17.7 to 19.3 percent between May and June 2014, gained the most from Firefox's decline. Apple's Safari has also not been doing well. At 5.3 percent, Safari hasn't been this unpopular since March 2013.

Why is that happening? That's a good question.

Certainly the improvements and publicity for Chrome and IE hasn't hurt any. Firefox's reputation, on the other hand, has been tarnished by adding ads to the web browser and by Mozilla's continuing CEO problems.

Adding to the problems is the fact that Mozilla's ad deal with Google is coming to its renewal date. This is significant because over 90 percent of Mozilla's revenue comes from Google but Google now has its own browser. It's hard to see Google renewing the deal.

While Mozilla has hopes to become a mobile operating power with Firefox OS, it's made little progress against the two mobile operating system giants: Google with Android and Apple with iOS. Even if Mozilla were to do better than its management's wildest dreams, it's hard to see Firefox OS licensing fees making up for its potential Google revenue losses. 

Speaking of mobile, the Firefox browser is a total non-player in this market. As of June 2014, Safari had a 46.1 percent share of the market; this is followed by the native Android browser with 22.8 percent; Chrome with 16.7 percent; Opera Mini at 7.6 percent, Internet Explorer at 2 percent; and, finally, almost lost in the noisem is Firefox at 0.7 percent.

For Firefox to remain a web browser power, it needs to make big improvements and it needs to make them now. Otherwise, Firefox may yet follow its predecessor Netscape into the web's past.


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1 posted on 07/10/2014 4:47:51 AM PDT by ShadowAce
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; Still Thinking; ...

2 posted on 07/10/2014 4:48:14 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

Well, that and Firefox sucks coupled with their constant “major release every Tuesday” cycle breaking plug-ins (the best feature of Firefox in the first place).


3 posted on 07/10/2014 4:53:19 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: kevkrom

It’s been my primary browser for years but for a while now I’ve found it so unstable that I’m having to move to Chrome.


4 posted on 07/10/2014 4:57:54 AM PDT by expat_panama
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To: ShadowAce

The change in update frequency wasn’t a good move and could not have helped. They are about as bad as Adobe in that department. Looks like we are somewhere in the 30s for version number these days.


5 posted on 07/10/2014 4:59:39 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: ShadowAce

The last Mac I had was a model LC475, when AOL kept ‘new versioning’ every two months, until I couldn’t afford to put any more RAM in the machine.

I stopped using IE at version 6.

I’ve been a Firefox user for a long time, and have used ‘adblock’ add-ons, UNTIL, the ‘adblock’ program started blocking my Live365 Internet radio homepage!

I have never liked Google anything, since their inception, years ago.

But, Safari? really?


6 posted on 07/10/2014 5:00:08 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: expat_panama

I found Chrome to be so unstable and constantly hanging (after a year of running very smoothly) that I had to go back to Firefox; now the machine runs great. Weird.


7 posted on 07/10/2014 5:01:50 AM PDT by Clarence
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To: ShadowAce

I stopped using it since they fired their CEO for donating money to stop the gay agenda. I normally want more competition, but what’s the point if they are as fascist as Google and the rest of them?


8 posted on 07/10/2014 5:04:10 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: ShadowAce

9 posted on 07/10/2014 5:05:00 AM PDT by McGruff (It's not the crime, it's the cover-up they said.)
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To: expat_panama

I have been using FF for a good number of years. The CEO fiasco caused me to look at others including Chrome (ugh, Google) but I am using Iceweasel (Debian’s version) on my primary computer.


10 posted on 07/10/2014 5:09:42 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: McGruff
I stopped using it since they fired their CEO for donating money to stop the gay agenda.

Me too. Why support anti-Christian thugs at Mozilla?

11 posted on 07/10/2014 5:18:21 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

Please Note the that Apple browser is a tiny fraction of the Native Windows browser. It is so sad that .edu fawns over the lackluster and overpriced Apple product line.


12 posted on 07/10/2014 5:19:08 AM PDT by Bidimus1
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To: ShadowAce

Pale Moon works for me, and they have not fired their CEO for thoughtcrime.


13 posted on 07/10/2014 5:19:34 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: ShadowAce

“Waterfox is a high performance browser based on the Mozilla platform. Made specifically for 64-Bit systems, Waterfox has one thing in mind: speed.”

https://www.waterfoxproject.org/


14 posted on 07/10/2014 5:22:06 AM PDT by Brother Cracker (My Mossberg 500 helps me deal with being old and cranky)
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To: ShadowAce

Piss off Conservatives and they pull their support.


15 posted on 07/10/2014 5:23:40 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: DBrow

Seconded. I switched to Pale Moon after Firefox, that liberal bastion of individual thought and individual ideas, forced their CEO out for actually having individual thought.

It runs all the plugins I use and it doesn’t get updated every other day!


16 posted on 07/10/2014 5:32:40 AM PDT by Skywise
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To: ShadowAce

I like Firefox, but when they fired the CEO because of the lavender mafia, I quit using it. I ended up switching to an old favorite, Opera. I will not ever use Google anything, I value whatever illusion of privacy I have left and chrome data mines hard.


17 posted on 07/10/2014 5:37:00 AM PDT by cyberstoic
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To: ShadowAce

I use Opera now, but I always seem to have some problems when I go to Youtube.


18 posted on 07/10/2014 5:40:55 AM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: ShadowAce

Too many freezes, crashes, and security problems caused by buggy plug-ins.


19 posted on 07/10/2014 5:49:36 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ShadowAce

firefox is the ‘big fag’ of the browser game

just ask Brendan Eich

may they go the way of jcpenny


20 posted on 07/10/2014 6:01:13 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Brother Cracker
Waterfox is a high performance browser ...
I've used Waterfox (w/ Windows 7) for about a year - no complaints. Before that I used Firefox, and again, no complaints.
I also have a 7 year old PC and a laptop running Vista ... no complaints.
I don't know, maybe it's just me.
21 posted on 07/10/2014 6:04:17 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: DBrow; Skywise

I use Pale Moon too but being a Firefox based browser, do they still have to pay money to Firefox? Whenever I have to get an add-on it takes me to Firefox.


22 posted on 07/10/2014 6:05:48 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: ShadowAce

I use Pale Moon now, which is like Firefox, as it seems the latest versions of FF broke some extensions from working well, and extensions (as TabMixPlus, Colorful Tabs, Session Manager, is what makes Firefox superior to Chrome (which hype is the main cause for the loss of FF), Opera, and esp. IE.

With Tab Mix Plus i can, among other things, reduce tab width and choose multiple rows, so i can get about 25 tabs across, and with Session Manager i can save multiple sessions, and choose which one to load. And Colorful Tabs is very helpful. Below are more.

Also BBCodeXtra enables you to add scripts which make posting in html here as easy as copy and pasting. Ask for details.

However, the forced ouster of Mozilla co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich this last week was a cowardly yielding to pro-sodomite intimidation by those who are utterly intolerant of any expression that opposes their demand for special rights for their immoral wrongs. Bad code.

Tab Mix Plus 0.3.8.6 https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/tab-mix-plus

Session Manager 0.7.5 https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/session-manager/

savewithurl - 0.2.11 version for Firefox 2.0 - 5 https://nic-nac-project.org/~kaosmos/savewithurl-FF5-0.2.11.xpi

Menu Editor http://menueditor.mozdev.org/

Googlebarlite https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/downloads/latest/492/addon-492-latest.xpi?src=search

FindBar Tweak https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/findbar-tweak/

ColorfulTabs https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/colorfultabs/?src=search/

Send Tab URLs https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/send-tab-urls/?src=ss

Copy as HTML Link https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/copy-as-html-link/?src=search

Google/Yandex search link fix https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/google-search-link-fix/

Xmarks Sync https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/xmarks-sync/?src=search

BBCodeXtra is an extension, which adds to the context menu new commands to insert BBCode/Html/XHtml codes in an easy and fast way... https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/bbcodextra/

Converter https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/converter/

FlashGot https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/flashgot/?src=search

Open In Chrome https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/open-in-chrome/

Open in IE https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/open-in-ie/

Is ItCompatible https://bitbucket.org/eternicode/isitcompatible/src

Count Word Professional https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/count-word-professional/contribute/roadblock/?src=dp-btn-primary&version=v1.4.rev342

Stay-Open Menu https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/stay-open-menu/

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/134 Copy Plain Text 0.3.3


23 posted on 07/10/2014 6:07:51 AM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: winner3000

Same here, switched to Pale Moon, which is an offshoot of Firefox.


24 posted on 07/10/2014 6:08:41 AM PDT by KEVLAR (Liberty or Death)
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To: ShadowAce; expat_panama; Terry L Smith; NewHampshireDuo; cyberstoic

Chromium is the open-source version of Chrome, and has no ties to Google. It doesn’t spy on you.


25 posted on 07/10/2014 6:10:08 AM PDT by Little Pig
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To: oh8eleven

It’s not just you.


26 posted on 07/10/2014 6:11:34 AM PDT by Brother Cracker ( Mossberg 500 helps me deal with being old and cranky)
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To: ShadowAce
Google also implemented its Panda algorithm search update late May which cuts my hits almost in half.

Meanwhile, the mobile browser increase is remarkable: StatCounter.com© StatCounter, All rights reserved

27 posted on 07/10/2014 6:20:12 AM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: ShadowAce

A great part of its unpopularity is the Rapid Release insanity. Whoever came up with that should have been fired by version 17.

I have been using Pale Moon (32-bit) on my laptop. The 32-bit seems to accept most of my Firefox extensions/add-ons. The 64-bit version has compatibility problems with some extensions.

My Firefox is still at version 15 because that was the last version that seemed to work with Adobe PDF, Adobe Flash, many extensions/add-ons, etc.

Firefox was so busy with their rapid release that they forgot the needs of their client base.


28 posted on 07/10/2014 6:22:25 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: ShadowAce

Firefox at least allows you to click back and resume typing text. IE typing pages go blank.


29 posted on 07/10/2014 6:25:14 AM PDT by ETL 2
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To: ShadowAce

Firefox isn’t just falling behind in market share; it’s also trailing technologically. In Chrome(ium), every tab you have open is essentially stuck in its own little container, so if it crashes, the rest of your tabs aren’t affected. Firefox doesn’t do this. Firefox doesn’t do a lot of things that a modern browser needs to do.

And yes, Mozilla is another hypocritical leftist organization for firing Brendan Eich - although, to be fair, Brendan didn’t stand up for himself when he was targeted. If you keep silent when the left accuses you, it’s as if you’re accepting what they say.

It’s still good to use a Firefox-based browser because Firefox extensions are much, much better for privacy than anything you’ll find on Chrome(ium). NoScript, Adblock Edge, and Self-Destructing Cookies: those three can make a world of difference in your browsing experience.

But for those of you who think that Firefox and its derivatives have no ties to Google, think again. Open the cookie management section of your browser and look for a cookie from Google called “PREF.” Delete it, close Firefox, immediately re-check your cookie list, and you’ll see that it’s there again.

You know those “Safe Browsing” features that Firefox has? They’re tied to Google. In exchange for Google providing you access to a list of “bad” sites, Firefox installs a Google tracking cookie that cannot be removed unless you literally scrub every trace of Safe Browsing from Firefox in about:config.

Besides being yet another Google-centric invasion of privacy, Google’s PREF cookie is known to be used by the NSA in tracking its targets.

Still, once you scrub PREF and install some of those privacy addons I mentioned, you’ve got a very secure browser.


30 posted on 07/10/2014 6:47:17 AM PDT by Cato in PA (Resist!)
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To: huldah1776

“do they still have to pay money to Firefox?”

Don’t think so.


31 posted on 07/10/2014 6:47:32 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: Little Pig

tx! [searching download...]


32 posted on 07/10/2014 6:55:32 AM PDT by expat_panama
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To: Little Pig

Thanks - I didn’t know the difference. Actually, the one I am using is Chromium, not Chrome.


33 posted on 07/10/2014 7:01:06 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: DBrow
I will second that. I like Pale Moon and have been using it since the CEO of FireFox got pushed out for donating to a conservative cause. Pale Moon is very stable and fast.
However I am slowly switching over from Windows XP Pro to Linux Mint 17 KDE. I am running a dual boot system now as I learn more about Linux.

Good Hunting... from Varmint Al

34 posted on 07/10/2014 7:07:03 AM PDT by Varmint Al
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To: ShadowAce

We are in a mess for browsers as well as many other things.

Firefox... quit that for good after the CEO fiasco and before that it was so unstable and unfriendly it was almost useless.

Chrome... Google, yech, and it insists on accessing your password keychain

Safari... well, it now also insists on accessing the password keychain and in spite of claims you can turn this off I have not been able to. Safari is poorly featured and crashes quite a lot but by process of elimination it is all I have left.

For Mac... what else is there?


35 posted on 07/10/2014 7:12:54 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Terry L Smith

Yes...I feel your pain!

Same here. I really hate Safari.


36 posted on 07/10/2014 7:35:55 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Sequoyah101

You could try QupZilla. It’s a completely independent browser that works on a variety of platforms.

It doesn’t have the same feature set as the “big boys,” but if you can overlook that, it’s tops among independent alternatives.


37 posted on 07/10/2014 8:44:41 AM PDT by Cato in PA (Resist!)
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To: ShadowAce

I remember the early days of Firefox - it was lean, fast, and customizable with plugins.

Over time, it became bloated and clumsy, and lost the speed.


38 posted on 07/10/2014 8:49:10 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: ShadowAce

I don’t quite believe IE should even belong on browser usage statistics regarding desirability, because most people that use it simply do so because their computer came with it. If Windows didn’t come installed with IE, I wonder what its usage would be. The fact that it’s as low as it is should get their entire dev team fired immediately.

Having said that, IE is a MUCH better browser than it used to be, which isn’t saying much.

I still run Firefox, just because it still does what I need it to do, and there has been nothing to compel me to make any changes.(aside from the recent political bullshit - but if my bar were set that low, I probably wouldn’t use ANY software LOL)


39 posted on 07/10/2014 10:09:14 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: ShadowAce

Would Pale Moon be counted as “other” or would it be counted as Firefox which it was forked from?


40 posted on 07/10/2014 10:21:17 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: expat_panama

Have you tried Pale Moon (they took open source from Firefox and made it better)


41 posted on 07/10/2014 10:21:49 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Thorliveshere

Pale Moon (open source fork of Firefox) or Chromium (where Google stole Chrome from - kidding its open source too)


42 posted on 07/10/2014 10:24:35 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: huldah1776
do they still have to pay money to Firefox

No they don't pay anything to Firefox. It's all open source code. Just make sure your Pale Moon has something besides Google as its default and in-browser search engine.

43 posted on 07/10/2014 10:26:20 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: daniel1212

Stay away from anything Google.

My search engine is DuckDuckGo


44 posted on 07/10/2014 10:27:30 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

I use either duckduckgo or Ixquick as main.


45 posted on 07/10/2014 10:46:31 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: NewHampshireDuo

I tried downloading Iceweasel (Debian’s version) and at the end of the download it lists Iceweasel as an object of Firefox, what am I missing?


46 posted on 07/10/2014 11:56:13 AM PDT by simonjo
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To: simonjo

Iceweasel resulted from a copyright issue between Debian and Mozilla - Mozilla holds the Firefox trademark so they had to change the name. Beyond that, it’s stripped of the Google stuff.


47 posted on 07/10/2014 12:33:27 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: ShadowAce

I had Firefox 28. I read the article and clicked on Help> About Firefox. Check for updates.

It downloaded version 30 and moved my icons that I had along the bottom the browser window to the top menu. It made all my buttons small with no text underneath. I had Big icons and text prior to the update.

I also now see a RED menu and I have the tabs above the web address field. Totally messed things up. BTW it looks like Google Chrome. If I want Chrome I would use it.

No wonder Firefox is losing share.


48 posted on 07/10/2014 4:30:55 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: minnesota_bound

I installed:
“Classic Theme Restorer (Customize Australis) 1.2.2”

It has reset back most of what I had.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/classicthemerestorer/

I still have that red. It is now blended with grey.
It turns out it is your title bar color under Personalize in Windows 7 (control panel). Change that color and it changes in Firefox.

Why would Firefox even pick up that color?!!


49 posted on 07/10/2014 4:50:41 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: minnesota_bound

After more searching I found a post that fixed the color issue for the toolbar menu.

Open a new tab and type in the web address field: about:config

Scroll thru listed to find: browser.tabs.drawInTitleBar
Change by double clicking to: false
Now back to the normal grey color!!


50 posted on 07/10/2014 5:15:25 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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