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Menu Bar - Turn On or Off

How to Turn the Menu Bar On or Off in Windows 7
Published by Brink
14 Nov 2008
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How to Turn the Menu Bar On or Off in Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to turn the Menu Bar on or off in Windows 7 for Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Windows Media Player. The Menu bar is turned off by default in Windows 7.

Tip   Tip
The Menu Bar includes the File, Edit, View, Favorites (In IE only), Tools, and Help menu items.

Pressing the ALT key will temporarily display the Menu Bar as well. You can then press ALT + the underlined letter of the menu item. For example ALT + F to open the File menu etc....

Note   Note
The N and KN editions of Windows 7 have all the features that normally come with each individual Windows 7 edition, except for Windows Media Player 12 and related programs, such as Windows Media Center or Windows DVD Maker.

The N editions of Windows 7 allow you to choose your own media player and software required to manage and play CDs, DVDs, and other digital media files. If you choose to use Windows Media Player 12, downloading it, along with related software, is free.
Download Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N with Service Pack 1 and Windows 7 KN with Service Pack 1 (KB968211) from Official Microsoft Download Center

EXAMPLE: Menu Bar Turned On and Off in Windows Explorer
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EXAMPLE: Menu Bar Turned On and Off in Internet Explorer
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OPTION ONE
Turn Menu Bar On or Off in "Windows Explorer"
1. Through the Organize Toolbar Button
A) Open a Windows Explorer Window.

B) Click on the Organize button and Layout. (See screenshot below)

C) To Turn On the Menu Bar - Click on Menu Bar to check it.

D) To Turn Off the Menu Bar - Click on Menu Bar to uncheck it.
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2. Through Folder Options
A) Open Folder Options and click on the View tab. (See screenshot below)

B) To Turn On the Menu Bar - Check the Always show menus box.

C) To Turn Off the Menu Bar - Uncheck the Always show menus box.

D) Click on OK.
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3. Using a REG File Download

A) To Add the Windows Explorer Menu Bar
  • Click on the download button below to download the file below.
Add_Menu_Bar.reg
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  • Go to step 3C.
B) To Remove the Windows Explorer Menu Bar
  • Click on the download button below to download the file below.
Remove_Menu_Bar.reg
download
C) Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.

D) Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click Merge.

E) Click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.

F) Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.

G) When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
4. Through the Local Group Policy Editor
NOTE: This option will override the options above.
A) Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

B) In the left pane, click on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Windows Explorer. (see screenshot below)
Menu Bar - Turn On or Off-gpedit_menu_bar.jpg
C) In the right pane, right click on Display the menu bar in Windows Explorer and click on Edit. (see screenshot above)




D) To Always Display the Windows Explorer Menu Bar
  • Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below step 4F)
E) To Not Always Display the Windows Explorer Menu Bar
  • Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled. (see screenshot below step 4F)
    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.
F) Click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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G) Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.



OPTION TWO
Turn Menu Bar On or Off in "Internet Explorer"
1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. Right click on a empty area on the tab bar area. (See red box in screenshot below)
Menu Bar - Turn On or Off-ie_right_click.jpg
3. To Turn On the Menu Bar in Internet Explorer
A) Click on Menu Bar to check it.
4. To Turn Off the Menu Bar in Internet Explorer
A) Click on Menu Bar to uncheck it.
5. To Force the Menu Bar to Always be On or Off in Internet Explorer
A) For how, see: How to Force Internet Explorer to Always Have the Menu Bar Turned On or Off by Default



OPTION THREE
Turn Menu Bar On or Off in "Windows Media Player"
1. Open Windows Media Player.


2. Using a Keyboard Shortcut
A) You can press CTRL+M to toggle turning the Menu Bar on or off.
3. From the Tab Bar
A) Right click on a empty area on the tab bar area. (See screenshot below)
Menu Bar - Turn On or Off-windows_media_player.jpg
B) To Turn On the Menu Bar
  • Click on Menu Bar to check it.

C) To Turn Off the Menu Bar
  • Click on Menu Bar to uncheck it.
3. From the Organize Toolbar Item
A) Click on Organize on the toolbar, and select Layout. (See screenshot below)
Menu Bar - Turn On or Off-wmp_organize.jpg
B) To Turn On the Menu Bar
  • Click on Show menu bar to check it.

C) To Turn Off the Menu Bar
  • Click on Show menu bar to uncheck it.



OPTION FOUR
Turn Menu Bar On or Off in "Firefox"
1. Open Firefox.

2. Right click on a empty area to the right of the tabs. (see screenshot below)
Menu Bar - Turn On or Off-firefox.jpg
3. To Turn On the Menu Bar in Firefox
A) Click on Menu Bar to check it.
4. To Turn Off the Menu Bar in Firefox
A) Click on Menu Bar to uncheck it.
That's it,
Shawn





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05 Dec 2008   #1
Abhimanyu

Windows 7 RC1
 
 

You can also press alt to open it.

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05 Dec 2008   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Abhimanyu for reminding me of this. It has been added.

Shawn
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07 Aug 2009   #3
MihaiS

Windows 7 RC
 
 
Please help me.

Hello!

Mr. Shawn, is there a way to move the menu bar above the address bar?

Thank you!
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07 Aug 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello MihaiS, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can do this to have the Menu Bar on top in Internet Explorer 8, but I have not found a way yet for Windows Explorer.

Internet Explorer Menu Bar - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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07 Aug 2009   #5
MihaiS

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Thank you.

I have Googled a lot and could only find solutions for IE, just like your tutorial. Too bad we can't bring back most of the XP stuff.
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24 Sep 2009   #6
cdb

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you! I have been searching everywhere for how to remove the toolbar with the "Organize" button. See the following screen shot of the OP for reference.
http://www.sevenforums.com/attachmen...e_disabled.jpg
Thanks in advance!
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24 Sep 2009   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello CDB, and welcome to Seven Forums.

While the Menu bar can be turned on and off, the toolbar in Windows Explorer cannot be.

Sorry,
Shawn
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11 Nov 2009   #8
JhonQ

Windows 7 64bits
 
 

Hey, can you herlp me?
I have no "Menu Bar" option under "Layout". In Windows Explorer (Windows 7 64bits comp. 7600)
Folder options is not like your. Is like my old WinXP. It doesn´t have "Allways show menu" option.
I have Admin type count.
When in other limited counts, the option "Menu Bar" appears.
What´s wrong?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Nov 2009   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello JhonQ, and welcome to Seven Forums.

As a test, create a new adminstrator account to see if it may be available in it.
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