I have the weirdest of issues with Firefox (71.0) that I can't figure out: Every second time I start Firefox, it runs in a kind-of-fullscreen mode; when in that mode, pressing F11 doesn't return me to the normal, windowed mode; I do see the tabs then, but Firefox is maximized, and when I try to un-maximize it (by clicking the according button left of the close X on the upper right window corner), it goes into a windowed-fullscreen-mode - i.e. Firefox is shown as a smaller window, but I don't see the tabs.

When I close Firefox, and then start it again, it behaves normally again - until I close it and start it once more - i.e. it alternates between some weird automatic full-screen behavior and the normal one! I looked around as best as I could but haven't seen any such reports. Anybody know where I could start looking to debug this? Deleting my profile probably ;)?

My Addons: Https Everywhere, NoScript, Privacy Badger, uBlock Origin, Web Developer.

Some more experiments reveal that this behavior is not depending on the addons (also happens when all addons are deactivated), but is depending on the profile - with a second profile, this does not happen (and starting Firefox with the second profile does not influence the alternating behavior at all; only starts with that specific user profile have an influence on the alternation behavior.

Long story short, simple answer is probably not to really fix this in Firefox (where it probably is some kind of weird bug), but instead make do with a new profile...

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  • It sounds like your profile might have gotten corrupted. If a new profile doesn't have the issue, that's the fix. – fixer1234 Dec 18 '19 at 22:50
  • "that's the fix" - well technically not a fix but a workaround, but probably easier than debugging the actual issue – codeling Dec 19 '19 at 10:43

Sounds like a 3rd party is interfering. (eg. background process, addons, ...)

You should try creating a new profile to see if the problem persists.

Be aware of installing unverified addons.

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  • Thanks. See my edits to the question above. Problem is not related to add-ons and appears only with the one profile (therefore probably also not some third party interfering...). – codeling Dec 18 '19 at 21:38

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