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Windows 7: Can't hide Menu bar in IE 8

15 May 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
SOLUTION: Registry Fix for Windows IE9 Menu Bar

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Hi Andy and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

You can correct this by modifying the registry. Open the registry editor and browse to the following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\

The option required is AlwaysShowMenus, and the data should be modified to read 0 to hide the menu bar.
I tried this and it is only half the story - it didn't work. The HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE key also needs to be set... However, I did try the following three registry files to control this behavior:

Allow IE menu bar to be turned on or off (hit Alt-V) to show and then View > Toolbars > Select Menu Bar

Run this .reg file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]

Paste into Notepad and save as "Allow_Menu_Bar_On_or_Off.reg" for example.
Run the registry file or right click > Merge


Force IE Menu Bar Always Off:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]


Force IE Menu Bar Always On:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]

These three registry files work and are convenient to run when placed in a folder on your desktop... ie. 'Admin'

Ken Niebling

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