Problem resolved thanks to you! Bluebird did it again! You hit upon the answer (i.e., when I use IE instead of Firefox the color and font options appear again). I did a test and can edit my proton thread by cutting and pasting from Word.
You have a much better memory than I do. You quoted from one of my past messages when I had problems getting into the chat room, which indicated that I changed some of my internet options to resolove that problem. I had forgotten that! You would make a great lawyer or detective--you sure were able to get the evidence to demonstate that my memory ain't as good as it should be!
Many thanks for getting me on the right track. I hate to use IE, but when I want to do special effects on HW, I guess I will have to use IE. Of course, my technicolor special effects could never surpass yours! Cheers and chirp chirp!
P.S. This message was done in blue for our favorite "bluebird"!