I have just installed Ubuntu 12 and started up Firefox so I could configure it. But there doesn't seem to be any way to access preferences. No menu bar appears at the top. right-clicking (in multiple places) doesn't seem to work either, no option to open the preferences window is available. Nothing seems to work. All I can do is change my home page by dragging the URL onto the Home button. Help!
It's a little late, but I faced this problem with Firefox 51.0.1 after updating it from 44.0.2.
Problem: The new Firefox seems to have the menu bar as part of the window itself and does not use the top menu bar of Unity.
Solution: If you can't see it then it is probably hidden, key in
F10 to make it visible and (optionally) check View -> Toolbars -> Menu Bar to keep it visible.
Note that the usual
Alt key for this purpose brings up the application specific launcher in Unity, hence the
This is the only solution that works.
Navigate to about:config, search for 'unity', and toggle from true to false.
That did it for me just now.
(the full preference name is ui.use_unity_menubar)
In Ubuntu Unity, the menu is in the top dark bar (the panel). You should put the cursor there, then click Edit, and then Preferences.
If the menu stills don't work, try installing the last updates by opening the Update Manager and updating all the packages listed there. After updating, restart the computer and start firefox again. The problem should be fixed if you follow this steps, but if it still doesn't work, you can submitting a bug on Launchpad.
I hope it gets fixed!
I just upgraded from 11.## to 12.10 and noticed the same missing menu links. After a few minutes of reading I decided to check on keyboard short cuts, lo and behold F10 displays menu options when hover mouse over web page description/name top left.
Keyboard shortcuts - Perform common Firefox tasks quickly
Toggle Full Screen F11 Toggle Menu Bar (when hidden) Alt (KDE) F10 (GNOME)
I had this problem after disabling all the annoying Ubuntu menu bar hacks. It seems the set the menu bar to hidden in Firefox by default too (otherwise I guess you'd get two menu bars). The solution is:
- Click on the "hamburger" options menu (right of the search box).
- Click "+ Customise" at the bottom
- Click "Show/Hide Toolbars" at the bottom left
- Click "Menu Bar"
For me, Firefox menu strangely does NOT appear on the panel (unlike almost all other applications). The first time I ran Firefox (that is today!) I didn't see any menus either. But this is a simple problem to fix. Just drag the window down a little bit and the menu will show up. The firefox menu is not on the panel, but instead part of the firefox window itself. It is probably just hidden below your top panel and that's why you don't see it.