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

11 Mar 2010   #1
BadAndy

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

I've been running W7 for quite some time now and I've never been able to hide the Menu bar in IE8. It has a check mark under View/Toolbars but it can't be cleared. Also, right-clicking on the area doesn't even show the Menu Bar as an option but it shows Favorites/Compatibility View/Command etc..

Is this something that can be corrected in the registry?


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11 Mar 2010   #2
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

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.
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11 Mar 2010   #3
BadAndy

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks for the welcome!

I forgot that I've already tried that without success, unfortunately. It's been set to 0 for a while.
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11 Mar 2010   #4
Desslok

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BadAndy View Post
Thanks for the welcome!

I forgot that I've already tried that without success, unfortunately. It's been set to 0 for a while.
Just checking, did you log out/reboot after making the change?
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11 Mar 2010   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Andy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if after resetting Internet Explorer, you may be able to turn off the IE Menu bar.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Mar 2010   #6
BadAndy

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Desslok View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BadAndy View Post
Thanks for the welcome!

I forgot that I've already tried that without success, unfortunately. It's been set to 0 for a while.
Just checking, did you log out/reboot after making the change?
Yes. I've rebooted multiple times since that change was made months ago.
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11 Mar 2010   #7
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Hi Andy,

Do you have the option AlwaysShowMenus showing at this location?

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\

If so, delete it. Note that in order to modify data in this section of the Registry, you need to invoke the editor with administrative credentials.
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11 Mar 2010   #8
BadAndy

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Dwarf, it does not exist in that location. This is very puzzling!

Could it be caused by a GPO?
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12 Mar 2010   #9
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

It doesn't exist in that location for me either. I just mentioned it because if it was a global setting, it would exist there. However, user settings will override global settings so if a setting is enabled globally but disabled on a user basis then the user setting would take priority.

Have you tried creating a new user account to see if you have the same problem?
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12 Mar 2010   #10
BadAndy

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

It's working now. There's a group policy in our main Hardware OU that was killing the option to hide the Menu Bar in IE8. I'm not sure which one it is yet but will hopefully find it soon.

Thanks for all of your help!
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