troubleshooting Question

Firefox window on OS X opens from minimized state, cannot be clicked

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I am new to OS X, seeing if I can transition from Windows to Mac.  I use Firefox on Windows and Mac, and while it works well, there is one odd behavior on OS X.

I typically keep 7 or 8 tabs open in Firefox:  Yahoo, NY Times, WSJ, LA Times, Slashdot, etc.  I then minimize Firefox when I'm not actively browsing.

On OS X, the Firefox window will suddenly open.  When this happens, even though the window is visible, the window is not "active".  I cannot move or resize the window, and I can't click on tabs on the browser.  But, when I click on the open Firefox window, the Firefox menu bar does appear at the top of OS X.  The Firefox window is displayed in a lighter gray color.

To make the window active, I have to either go to the Window menu and select the Firefox window from the list, or click on the Firefox icon on the right side of the Dock.  Once I select it, the Firefox window either redisplays completely, or switches to the slightly darker gray color to indicate it has focus and is active.

My only guess is that one of the web pages I have open is doing an automatic page refresh, and that is causing the Firefox window to open, even though OS X thinks Firefox is still minimized.  OS X then keeps the window disabled, even though I try and click on it.

Has anyone else seen this?  Any ideas or workarounds?
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