Well now I am happy but also very confused and really scratching my head.
I did not say in original post that I only started using Firefox today. But, before that I had been using Mozilla from practically day -one of getting onto Linux (even though Mozilla is NOT the default on FC2). But, back before the days before our ISP seemed to be forcing all customers to use Micro$haft InternetExploiter, my son and I, both recovering AOLers, had been very happy with Netscape. So, Mozilla seemed right at the time. And I switched of Evolution.
Anyway, after sending the second message, I brought up Mozilla and came back to LinuxQuestions.org only to see the same symptoms I had seen before. So, I hit the reboot button to come up in XP and try IE. In IE, I saw all the icons just fine and could get even more helpful hints when I hovered my mouse pointer over them, than I had in Firefox or Mozilla. At that point I was very sad. This newbie Penguinista does NOT want to admint to the superiority of M$ over things Linux.
So, out of that inferior OS and back to the natural habitat of a geek, i.e., Linux and back to Firefox and LinuxQuestins.org to enter one more update post. And, low-and-behold, all the icons are here and all the hint messages too, just like in IExploiter.
Now before you start chiding the newbie4
, I am only new to this forum. Been doing computers for nearly thirty years and have worked many jobs as a software engineer. And, since I have done nearly the last eight years exclusively on M$ platforms (and was using them at home even before that), I am well of aware of the need to boot Wintel boxes as the first troubleshooting step when things go wrong. In fact, I refer to that manuever as "Micro$haft general fix I". And, even though I wasn't really working on a Wintel box at the time (Lintel, I guess), I did boot before making the first post. I have no idea why it did not take then, but did when an additional power-cycle through XP was involved.
But, it did, and I am happy, and now I can get on to entering the post for the real problem that brought me to LinuxQuestions.org.