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How can I get the menu bar in firefox?

I've installed the latest ubuntu. I'm using firefox and wanted to change some of the settings. But it has no menu and no where I can see to open the settings menu to change things.

This is my first attempt at installing ubuntu proper and getting this far; i.e. having a system working. I have tried several times since Ubuntu was made. The install CD has come a long way and even does the partitioning for dual boot. So I commend all the programmers for that vast improvement. However it is things like this that are just most infuriating and off-putting when you come from widows to Ubuntu: when you can't find even a menu to work with! Has anyone any idea how to view the menu on the firefox that comes with the installation 11.10?

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marked as duplicate by fossfreedom, Jorge Castro, James, desgua, James Henstridge Jan 16 '12 at 1:44

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You can also hover your mouse over the title of the program, here Firefox. Then the menus will show.

This is actually a feature of Ubuntu, in order to save the most space possible. This vetical space is indeed more useful for browsing for example.

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Original poster's answer.

If you press the ALT key the menu appears on the top bar in UBUNTU's desktop not on the program window itself. I'm thinking this may be the case for all other programs as well so I'll try that.

I think it might be a good idea to have a 'window users heads-up' video or some such when you install for the first time so that novices wont be so frustrated with things like these that are alien to them.

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... the global menu should become more obvious in 12.04 - the menu is briefly displayed for a few seconds when an application is first opened. – fossfreedom Jan 15 '12 at 23:30

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