How can I display the File, Edit, View menu in Internet Explorer?

Internet ExplorerUsers coming from earlier versions of Internet Explorer may be shocked to find out that the File, Edit, View, Favorites, Tools, and Help menu located at the top of all previous versions of Internet Explorer is now gone by default. This menu is now hidden by default but can be shown by following either of the steps below.

Temporarily show the File, Edit, View menu

Press the Alt key on the keyboard.

Pressing the Alt key will temporarily show this menu and allow users to use any of its features. If anything but the menu is clicked it will hide again.

Permanently show the File, Edit, View menu

If you want to have the File, Edit, View menu always shown like previous versions of Internet Explorer follow the steps below.

  1. Click the Tools button.
  2. Click Menu bar.

or

  1. Press the Alt key to temporarily show the File menu.
  2. Click View.
  3. Click Toolbars.
  4. Click Menu Bar.

This will place a check next to the Menu Bar option and cause it to always be displayed. If you want to have this bar auto hidden again, following either of the above steps will set it back to the default hidden setting.

Additional information

  • See the menu bar definition for further information and related links.