For no reason, all the drop down options on the tools (vectors, bitmap editing, etc) have stopped working on Fireworks 8 on my PC (windows XP). I uninstalled and reinstalled the product, but they still don't work. HELP!!!!!!! PS I opened up Fireworks on my laptop (Vista) and the same thing is happening. Can't edit anything!!!!!
Try deleting the Frreworks preferences.txt. You might also check to make sure you haven't deleted any of Windows system fonts.
I see this is a VERY old post, but I am having the SAME problem: my vector dropdown menu shape options stopped working. I I don't see a response whether the solution offered has worked or not? Where do I locate the fireworks preferences.txt ? I'll try that.