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Irritating problem

By macx
Jun 4, 2007
  1. And it's just gotten worse, don't know why.

    SP sp2, Firefox latest version.

    When on the internet and opening a link that's
    embedded in a page, I can't get back to the
    original page.

    For instance, when an email refers to a forum
    post and gives a link to it, I can't get back to
    the email when I close the forum link. It closes
    everything even including the browser, and the
    "back" button is not available.

    Same thing happens from just regular internet
    sites that provide links to other things. When
    I go to the linked page, I can't get back to
    the original page. The "Back" button isn't
    available, and when I close the linked page it
    closes everything. Then I have to go back
    and reopen the browser and find the page I
    was on.

    I was downloading some software yesterday
    and when I went to the download link from
    the vendor's site, I couldn't get back.

    Sure appreciate some help with this!
     
  2. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Rookie Posts: 2,407   +6

    Have you tried reinstalling Firefox?
     
  3. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    I don't know about Firefox but there should be, similar to IE, a setting to open links in a new window.
     
  4. macx

    macx TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 745

    I've not long ago put in the new version, so didn't want to go
    thru that hassle.

    I'm sure it's likely some little quirk with a (at least to me) not-obvious fix
    or another one of those little buried adjustments that I just haven't discovered yet.

    It's not that I want to open a new link, I just want to get back to the
    original page - seems like stuff just keeps getting more complicated with
    more and more controls to manipulate that really don't improve the quality
    of the PC or internet experience, just make it more difficult for the non-expert.

    Instead of putting in another thing to have to do, why can't they just leave the
    "back" button functional like it used to be?
     
  5. N3051M

    N3051M TS Rookie Posts: 2,800

    the back button works fine here..

    Do as kitty has suggested, uninstall firefox, clean your registry with CCleaner then install it again. Chances are its some residual bug from not installing properly. You'd be surprised.

    By the way, if you're using tabbed browsing, use the small x underneath your address bar, where the "tab" to the page you're viewing is on or want to close, not the big x in the top right hand corner of your screen :D
     
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