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How to get back Google Bar in Win7/WLM 2011

February 21, 2011 at 16:00:58
Specs: Windows 7, 385

Hello, I have win7, WLM Essential 2011, and Mozilla Firefox

I'm in the process of switching from WLM to Thunderbird via Gmail, and Google bar disappeared. How can I get it back?

Thanks ever so much for any help. Rosedala


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#1
February 22, 2011 at 21:10:27

In Firefox go to Tools>Add-ons and look in the list and activate it or add it. Note that Thunderbird can import mail, contacts, and settings from microsoft mail programs that are on your computer.

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#2
February 23, 2011 at 08:35:25

Hello and thank you Fingers, but I'm sorry I forgot to add that up above the Firefox browser it does not show a line with "Tools, View, etc.", in fact I can't even print because it doesn't show these buttons. I thought if I got back the Google toolbar it might replace these buttons.

These are the only 4 lines I have from the upper line down:

(1) The title of this page - Mozilla Firefox

(2) Refresh - X - a little house icon - browser narrow window - Google narrow window

(3) Most visited - Getting started - Latest headlines

(4) a narrow window with the title of this page - a long empty narrow window

It seems without those missing buttons I can't get the Google Toolbar. Please, how can I get those buttons?

Thanks again for any further help? :) Rosedala



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#3
February 23, 2011 at 13:23:27

right click on a blank spot on the upper part of FF and select menu bar

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#4
February 23, 2011 at 19:18:37

#3 is all you need. I use only the Menu and Navigation tool bars and turn the others off.

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#5
February 24, 2011 at 07:43:37

Thank you XpUser4Real but I right clicked on a blank spot on the upper part of FF as you so kindly suggested and no "menu bar" for me to select. These are the items I got:

On the first upper line: Restore, Minimize Close" and the res were grayed out.

On the 2nd line: "Open all in tabs, New Bookmark, New Folder, New Separator, Copy, Sort by name, Properties".

On the 4th line (I lost the 3rd line, explaining how below): ‘New tab, Reload tabs, Reload all tabs, Close other tabs, Open in a new window, Bookmark this tab, Bookmark all tabs, Close this tab”.

This is how I lost the 3rd line: I was searching for “Menu and Navigation tool bars” which Fingers, also so kindly mentioned to me. I believe I clicked on one of these items: “Most visited” or “Getting started” or “Latest headlines” and saw in the dropdown menu the word “Navigate” so I clicked on it thinking it might lead me to what I was searching but, pooof! the whole 3rd line disappeared. How to retrieve it???

So sorry to have complicated my original question. Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for me you think??? Please please help? Rosedala


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#6
February 24, 2011 at 10:01:45

no "menu bar" for me to select.
I'm talking about the top bar of the firefox browser. You may have to get someone with a bit of knowledge to do it for you, because it is there.

http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb...
The above should help you.

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#7
February 24, 2011 at 21:02:21

Try a few more spots like the thin area just under the address bar, you should also get the menu choices there. Try holding the Alt key and tapping the letter 'M' to see if the shortcut activates the menu bar.
Also try hold the Alt key and tap the letter 't' for tools and your missing tool menu will open. From there you can choose options and click on 'Restore to Default' I have not tried this, but it should return your browser to factory defaults.

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#8
February 24, 2011 at 21:52:36

I thank you so very much again XpUser4Real and Fingers for your great kindness in trying to help so nicely! I kept trying and trying even went searching the net to no avail. Meantime it was almost impossible to work without even the Back button and the browser window!

I did go to the very top bar and right clicked and no menu! I tried several times in different nearby spots too. I don't have anyone that knows at least a little more than what I know :) except to pay a techi which I can't afford...

I don't even have the address bar anymore, but I still tried and tried on the thin line and all over those areas, and always got the menus that I already copied in my previous answer. I also tried the Alt key and tapping “t” and also “M” and it only produced a totally blank screen.

I’m sorry I put you both through so much work, and I appreciate it a lot, but I just went back to IE8 where at least I have all the necessary tools to work with. I’m going to keep your very valuable suggestions and links and will try it again after I’m through with my surgery in mid March. Firefox didn’t give me a chance to try it, so I’ll try again.

THANK YOU BOTH VERY MUCH for your kind efforts to help me! Rosedala


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#9
February 25, 2011 at 06:10:36

If all else fails, uninstall it and reinstall it. If needed, download a fresh copy if you did not save the installer after the first time. (Control Panel>Programs - Uninstall Programs right under Programs)

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#10
February 25, 2011 at 14:10:20

Thank you Fingers! As I explained on my first message, I'm in the process of switching from WLM to Thunderbird and because it takes me long to do this switching (rather complicated to me) I decided to go back to IE8 so I can continue with the emails switch without taking so much time trying to straighten out the Firefox. I was surprised that Firefox support and even the forum slap you with prefabricated answers that almost never coincide with the question. I may try your suggestion of uninstalling/installing Firefox after I finish this emails switch. I wanted to finish it before I go for surgery on March 15. I'm keeping your previous suggestions so I can do something if after reinstalling it gives me problems. ;)

Thank you and XpUser4Real a lot!!! :) Rosedala


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#11
February 25, 2011 at 19:01:49

Why are you not using the Import feature on Thunderbird? It can import settings and mail directly from windows mail.

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#12
February 25, 2011 at 19:56:08

Because I downloaded for $10 a Transfer Guide and it explained that it has to be transferred from WLM to Gmail, and then from Gmail to Thunderbird. If I remember well, it said Thunderbird was made before WLM and doesn't have the import/export facility. If there's a better way to do it, unfortunately I already started the transfer and am almost finishing my first "Identity" (email address of which I have 4).

However, because of the problems I'm having with Firefox, I'm just too depressed and so, as mentioned, I changed back to IE8. And even this simple change is giving me green hairs.

Since you are so very kind, Fingers, may I ask you about this new problem? I thought I deleted Firefox... but each time I open a video, it's opened with Firefox instead of IE8, such as now where I'm writing in computing.com! FF doesn't even show the browser window now, so I can't copy the URLs when I want to send it to someone. Now it only shows the first row, the 3rd row and the 4th row. No browser window!!!

Also, do you think I'll lose what I already did for the emails switching (and the rest of my folders and files) when I changed from IE8 to FF, and now back to IE8? (Even though FF keeps appearing instead of IE8)...

This is such a strange happening. I'm left with only 3 rows above and have no clue how it happened or why...

I know it's difficult to help someone at the distance, and I'm sorry to keep asking about more complications, so it's ok if you don't answer since you already try so much to help me for which I'm so indebted... :) Rosedala

P.S. I think changing my browser also affected my Gmail account that I'm using for the transfer of the emails. i.e.: I had an old email account with Gmail which I never used and is now filled with terrible spam. I ignored it and just tried to get to my new Gmail account to try to finish the transfer, but I keep getting the old account instead...Tried to delete it but was afraid I might delete the new one with all my WLM files... sigh... :(




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#13
February 25, 2011 at 21:25:02

Hi again Finger! Thought I'd give you the good news. I kept trying and following your good suggestions and found this little window "Firefox Safe Mode" with some options so I kept my fingers crossed and selected Restore Toolbars and also Default and...lo and behold...all the rows above came back like magic! :)

So, I'll now dismiss IE8 again and will continue with Firefox, and will still keep your excellent advice for any emergency in the future. I'm so relieved now that I'm not putting you through the hard task of answering my long and complicated emails.

I will now go to try to finish that blessed emails transfer! ;)

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR KINDNESS AND PATIENCE!!! Rosedala



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#14
February 25, 2011 at 21:28:49

Hi again Finger! Thought I'd give you the good news. I kept trying and following your good suggestions and found this little window "Firefox Safe Mode" with some options so I kept my fingers crossed and selected Restore Toolbars and also Default and...lo and behold...all the rows above came back like magic! :)

So, I'll now dismiss IE8 again and will continue with Firefox, and will still keep your excellent advice for any emergency in the future. I'm so relieved now that I'm not putting you through the hard task of answering my long and complicated emails.

I will now go to try to finish that blessed emails transfer! ;)

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR KINDNESS AND PATIENCE!!! Rosedala


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#15
February 26, 2011 at 21:10:53

You are quite welcome. In the future, you do not delete a program, you have to uninstall it (you probably just deleted the desktop icon). You would go to Start>Control Panel>Programs/Uninstall Programs and do it from there. If you would like to replace a missing desktop icon, find another icon for the program that works, right click on it and choose Send to>Desktop as Shortcut. I never used WLM, so I cannot be sure, but I suspect that if you look for the newest version of Thunderbird from their website, they may support the import from WLM. You really should not keep an extremely long list of emails, the most important information should probably be saved as files on your computer and the rest weeded through. Note that Thunderbird has options for additional folders to help organize mail you do want to save as well as a newer archive feature, either should help keep your normal inbox to a manageable size and a folder scheme should help you find things easier.

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#16
February 27, 2011 at 06:33:09

Thank you very much for all your help Finger! Have a great Sunday! :) Rosedala

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#17
February 27, 2011 at 19:48:09

You are welcome.

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