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Web Developer Toolbar Broken / Empty / not showing [Fixed]

For those who have the Web Developer tool bar installed, and have had some problems with it disappearing suddenly, then here’s a quick fix.

This normally happens due to an update or Browser crash - the solution is simple, but not terribly obvious when scouring the Tool Menus.

The Problem

Web Developer developer add-on not showing Icons or text, or both.

The Solution

Quite possibly one of the easiest solutions to date, but none the less have made it available.

  1. Right-click on the Toolbar and choose ‘Customize’
  2. Simply click ‘Restore Default Set‘ or Drag any missing buttons from the ‘Customize Toolbar’ window to the toolbar.
  3. Click ‘Done’.

Told you it was simple - make sure Icons and Text are selected from the drop down menu if you require both.

:)

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68 Comments

  1. gregory thompson February 17, 2008

    thanks a lot, this saved me a lot of stress :D

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  3. J P July 9, 2008

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I feel like one of those stupid people who think their computer is broken and the IT guy just says “reboot your machine” and it fixes the “problem”.

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  5. Dave L August 5, 2008

    Doesn’t work for me .. still missing all content in toolbar

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  7. Brian D August 14, 2008

    Thanks this was just what I needed. Feel stupid now, but that will fade…

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  9. Jan C. August 17, 2008

    Great! thanks.

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  11. Harry August 28, 2008

    Thanks so much! It worked perfectly.

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  13. marcus September 2, 2008

    I had the same problem. Also had problems with other plugins&toolbars not showing (delicious, firebug, …). I uninstalled a bunch of other addons (addblock, noscript, …), and they reappeared. After that i’d recommend installing them back one by one and seeing which one causes the problems…

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  15. Graeme McCall October 16, 2008

    Thanks for that tip! Used it just now.

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  17. PeterC November 24, 2008

    Tx, problem solved

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  19. Marcel December 1, 2008

    Thanks!

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  21. Andrew January 2, 2009

    Thank you for the tip. I found an even easier method using your idea — click on “restore default set”.

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  23. admin January 2, 2009

    It does specify this method in Step 2 of the solution.

    However, it could be clearer, so have made it bold for future onlookers, thanks.

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  25. Dave March 5, 2009

    Step 2 “Restore default set” worked like a charm. Thank you for this!

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  27. Alex May 12, 2009

    Thanks for figuring out for us, this was way to simple… :)

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  29. Thanks for helping me out. Tried to uninstall and install it again, but that did not help. Your tip saved me a lot of time.

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  31. gumstar July 3, 2009

    I uninstalled all web dev related addons, then added back web dev, the firebug and now a happy camper after frustratingly trying to fix it!

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  33. Dominic G July 22, 2009

    Thank you!

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  35. dave July 27, 2009

    thanks alot

    i should have googled for this a week ago

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  37. Adi July 31, 2009

    Thanks - RESPECT! Took me a while to get here but glad I did - sorted it out lickity split.

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  39. John Macpherson August 14, 2009

    Many thanks, this had me stumped!

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  41. Tim September 18, 2009

    Thanks so much.

    I’ve spent days disabling and re-enabling every other plugin trying to figure out where the conflict was. This worked for me.

    Two thumbs up from me.

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  43. mnazi September 28, 2009

    Just to add to the gratitude - asante sana .. Felt quite silly but I’m eternally grateful. Two thumbs up here too

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  45. Vinu November 16, 2009

    Thanks a lot….thanks very much…saved me a lot of trouble. Was searching for a solution for quite some time.

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  47. Roberto March 2, 2010

    After an hour of disabling themes, extensions and restarting 200 hundred times firefox I was very close to give up…then asked Mr. Google help, found your page and voila’ problem sorted! Thanks a million!

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  49. Amish Shah March 3, 2010

    Cool it worked.

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  51. Marco March 4, 2010

    Yay it worked. Always wondered why the buttons disappeared on that web dev addon.

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  53. Paul Avery April 9, 2010

    Thanks, this fixed it!

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  55. Taco April 27, 2010

    Thanks! I wonder where it went though! Now I just have to enable all my addons again…

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  57. Harry Slaughter April 30, 2010

    thank you sir!

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  59. Design Dragon May 14, 2010

    omgggg..thanks…this has been driving me effin nuts forever

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  61. ramone kalsaw June 4, 2010

    Thanks! : )

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  63. Cesar June 7, 2010

    You rock man. Thanks a lot

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  65. Khuram Shehzad July 7, 2010

    Thank you very. I was trying so many alternative but failed, this solution is awesome.

    thanks

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  67. Cairns Diver October 1, 2010

    Thanks, this was really getting on my nerves, good solution.

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  69. desdoc December 7, 2010

    thank you very much .. i waited for tow months to find this solution hehe i feel stupid ..

    but thank you at all

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  71. Arslan December 11, 2010

    You just debugged my lifee…

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  73. pgupta January 22, 2011

    Very usefull!!
    Thanx a heap..

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  75. Estudio34 February 5, 2011

    LOL, so simple I have to say the flu did not help in my frustration. Nice piece of advice thanks for this! You have to love the internet for all the useful info shared.

    Thanks again!

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  77. marc February 10, 2011

    Thank you for posting this! big help and time saver

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  79. Scott February 19, 2011

    OMG, nearly four months without it, lots of of failed hacks / registry suggestions and firefox customizing BS - this worked perfectly - THANK YOU!

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  81. Berylune March 2, 2011

    Very Nice, Thank you!

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  83. Christian March 2, 2011

    THX!!!! Very good!

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  85. Richard Havelock March 4, 2011

    I am an idiot. Cheers!

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  87. eswrt March 25, 2011

    Just great, another very helpful post, cheers!!

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  89. Ingrid Ferrari March 26, 2011

    Perfect!Thank you very much.
    ;o*

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  91. carl April 3, 2011

    Legend

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  93. Aditya April 12, 2011

    thanks..

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  95. evanism April 20, 2011

    Wicked. This has been stressing me for ages. I did, however, have to blast my firefox away in the end to acheive the result. It has happened twice now, the first time this fixed it.

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  97. andrei April 27, 2011

    did the trick! thanks!

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  99. Zachary Kent May 5, 2011

    I was about to buy a new computer over this one!

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  101. Anita Pollak May 5, 2011

    Thank you so much - this was driving me nuts!

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  103. vxcriss May 12, 2011

    Thanks, this thing was driving me nuts, I’ve reinstalled the toolbar a couple of times, tried everything and wasn’t working :)

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  105. Clouds May 26, 2011

    Thanks a lot!

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  107. Patrick May 31, 2011

    Thank you very much. Great solution :)

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  109. martajohnsson June 8, 2011

    Thank You, You made my day!

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  111. admin June 8, 2011

    Good to hear; glad it was helpful :)

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  113. Mike Parker June 21, 2011

    Still useful info. I was then about to give up on the toolbar, but this saved me looking for an alternative! Thank you.

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  115. Tony Page June 26, 2011

    Another thank you, this has to be one of the longest term valuable help pages on record! One of those irritating things that you never get around to fixing, but that gradually builds up into a frenzy of frustration (rather like Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More!). Fortunately, there are guys like you around to stop people like me having to buy new computer monitors…

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  117. And June 29, 2011

    It’s Great! :)
    Thank you.

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  119. Me July 20, 2011

    Seriously…saved me so much friggin time! Thanks a million!!

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  121. Paul July 28, 2011

    Thank you. This has happened to me several times. I’ve had to delete my profile and re-create it to make this work. This was MUCH MUCH simpler.

    Yay!

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  123. Jon August 5, 2011

    You are awesome. THANK YOU

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  125. Sam September 7, 2011

    Thanks ! It’s working.

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  127. Amit Patekar September 26, 2011

    Yes, its perfect solution, worked for me.

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  129. Yuri November 15, 2011

    Oh thank you, I was rambling around with no success. This toolbar is very important part of my tools set.. thanks again!

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  131. Brian December 27, 2011

    Never had this problem before, but this old fix still works!

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  133. Amanda February 23, 2012

    Worked perfectly! Thank you!

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  135. Robert March 24, 2012

    Yup!! That did it. As you said, it was simple!
    Thanks for taking the time to post.

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