Text Missing from Firefox 27.0.x Tabs (Solved) (Updated)

TLDR: FF27.0.x + FEBE causes text (but not icons) in FF tabs in additional FF windows to vanish after FF restart. Solution: upgrade to FEBE 8.0 beta. Do not blame Tab Mix Plus. Update: see below.

Long version: After upgrading to Firefox 27.0 (and FF 27.0.1) I began to experience an annoying bug. I am in the habit of having a lot of tabs open at once. Thanks to Tab Mix Plus, one of my very favorite addons, I can have the tabs arranged in multiple rows and they stay big enough to have an idea of which is which.

I also tend to have at least two firefox windows open, one for each monitor. I also use the session manager in TM+ to restore my tabs when I close and re-open firefox.

After the upgrade to FF 27.0, I found that the text was vanishing from the tabs when I did a re-open. The icons were there, but the rest was blank. This didn’t happen in the first window I opened, but it was happening in the second window, and every new window. The problem didn’t happen if I closed all the tabs before shutting down firefox. It did happen whether I used TM+’s session manager of FF’s native session manager (yes, I even if I unchecked the setting the in FF privacy manager that tells it to forget my browsing history).

I figured this was a Tab Mix Plus issue. The extension is so powerful that it regularly has issues when I update Firefox. But his time, disabling TM+ didn’t solve the problem.

So it was time to start disabling all my many other extensions in the hope of finding the culprit. This is tedious, even doing half at at time, but it did reveal that the source of my problem was FEBE, the Firefox Environment Backup Extension. Upgrading to FEBE version 8.0beta solved the problem. The beta actually looks a lot better than the old version (the author says it is a complete rewrite and I believe it). It seems noticeably faster, and (hooray!) it allows you to add incompatible add-ons to the ignore list from an interactive dialog as the backup is happening, rather than having to go to the preferences after the backup is over.

If you are updating FEBE from an old version be sure to delete existing FEBE preferences before the update. Tools > FEBE > FEBE Options > Advanced > Clear FEBE preferences.

After the install, whether or not this a new install, you MUST go to Tools > FEBE > FEBE Options. The only option that absolutely must be set is your Backup destination directory under the Where to backup tab. Without this it will not work.

Update: Having tried to fix this on a second computer, I have to agree with commentator parabel that in fact TM+ is involved in some way. With FEBE updated to the beta, I was only able to get a second window to open properly — but not a third. Disabling TM+ solves the problem, but I lose all the TM+ functionality.

Update 2: As noted by commentator John, installing Tab Mix Plus version seems to fix the problem. Yay!

This entry was posted in Software. Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to Text Missing from Firefox 27.0.x Tabs (Solved) (Updated)

  1. parabel says:

    Came here through Google by looking for solutions for this. I have the same problem since updating from Firefox 27.0.0 to 27.0.1 and I also have Tab Mix Plus ( installed. But I don’t have FEBE at all, so I’m guessing that some incompatibility with TMP might still be to blame and FEBE 8.0 might just happen to fix it. I’ll just wait and see if either a TMP or FF update will fix this.

    Or maybe a combination of TMP and some other add-on causes this. Do you have any of these installed? This is a list of all my active extensions:
    Adblock Plus
    Copy Urls Expert
    Focus Regainer
    Google Music Scrobbler
    Magic Actions for YouTube
    Tab Mix Plus

  2. furball says:

    Same here, just discovered it this morning. Had this problem after my Windows 7 PC updated, and before Firefox downloaded 27.0.1.

    Disabled TM+ and text on tabs reappeared. I have 3 FF windows though and only 1 (the first maybe?) has this problem. The other 2 windows are good.

  3. furball says:

    Quick update:

    Here’s a tedious workaround.. close the errant window and reopen via Session Manager’s Closed Windows list.

    Tab text goes missing again after restarting FF though.

  4. Jared says:

    Here too
    I thought it was colorful tabs, it’s not.
    I have tmp as a common condition.

  5. john says:

    Tab Mix Plus version (look under Version History on the Firefox extension page) appears to fix this.

  6. Keith Austin says:


    Test it for a long time, finally find a way to solve this.


Comments are closed.