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Restoring A Web Browser’s Menu Bar

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Joyce from MO writes:

I have lost the heading in my browser that has the file, edit, view, etc. How can I get it back? I know there is a shortcut, but can’t remember what it is. Thank you for any help.

The familiar “File” menu bar is quickly becoming a thing of the past with the latest version of each of the most popular web browsers, and is being replaced by different menu layouts and cleaner interfaces with less clutter. If you still want to use the standard menu bar, there are options available for switching back to this older style layout – although the exact method for bringing up the menu varies between browsers.

In the Mozilla Firefox web browser, the traditional menu bar has been replaced by the “Firefox” button, which brings up all the various options for changing browser settings or printing text on websites. If you want to go back to the original menu layout, click the orange “Firefox” button located in the top-left corner of the window.

The "Firefox" Button

Scroll down to the lower-right corner of the drop-down menu and click the “Options” button to bring up an extra set of options.

The Firefox "Options" Menu

Switch over to the menu layout that features the standard “File,” “Edit,” and “View” buttons by clicking the option named “Menu Bar.”

Turning On The Menu Bar

If you ever want to remove the menu bar and return to the simpler “Firefox” button layout, click the “View” button in the menu bar, select “Toolbars,” and then remove the check mark from the “Menu Bar” option.

Turning Off The Menu Bar

Unfortunately the Google Chrome web browser does not currently have a setting to use the traditional menu bar layout, although it does feature an option to show the “Bookmarks” toolbar in the menu bar’s place. This toolbar lets you easily navigate to your favorite websites as you could through the menu bar in other browsers. To add the toolbar at the top of the browser, first click the “Wrench” icon located at the top-right corner of the screen just below the red “X” button. Open the sub-menu labeled “Bookmarks.”

The Chrome Wrench Icon

Click the “Show Bookmarks Bar” option to make the bookmarks menu appear at the top of the screen. Return to the “Bookmarks” menu and click “Show Bookmarks Bar” again if you want to turn off the feature.

Turning On The Bookmark Menu

Version 9 of the Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser has removed all the standard “toolbar” options for changing which menus and toolbars are visible. While it might seem at first like there’s no way to use the old menu bar, Microsoft has left in a very simple shortcut to load the old menu layout in Internet Explorer. Simply press the “Alt” button on your keyboard while Internet Explorer is loaded to bring up the menu bar. You can then tap “Alt” again to hide the menu bar when it is no longer needed.

The Internet Explorer Menu Bar

~ Ty Arthur


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One Response to “Restoring A Web Browser’s Menu Bar”

  1. Patricia Lovering says:

    Oh thank you. I have done with your help instead of bothering my local computer store.

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