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. This menu is now hidden by default, but it 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. The menu bar will be located right below the Address bar, where the web page address is located.

If anything but the menu bar is clicked, it will be hidden again.

Permanently show the File, Edit, View menu

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

  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 show.

Note: If pressing the Alt key does not cause the menu bar to be visible, try pressing the Alt key plus the V key (Alt + V). This is the keyboard hotkey combination to open the View menu in Internet Explorer, even when the menu bar is hidden.

If you want to have the menu bar auto hidden again, follow the steps above to set it back to being hidden by default, removing the check next to the Menu Bar option.

Full Screen Mode

If Internet Explorer is set to run in full screen mode, the menu bar will not be visible, even if enabled. Also, the address bar will not be visible in Full Screen mode, unless you move your mouse cursor to the very top of the screen, which causes the address bar to become temporarily visible.

To exit Full Screen mode, press the F11 key on your keyboard. Check to see if the menu bar is now visible, or if pressing the Alt key makes it become visible.

Still no Menu Bar?

If after trying all the above steps, the menu bar is still not visible or accessible, Internet Explorer may be corrupt or damaged, or your computer may have a virus or malware infection that is preventing the menu bar from being displayed.

In the case of a problem with the Internet Explorer application, it may be necessary to reinstall Internet Explorer. This can be a difficult process and does not always work. An easier solution, depending on which version of Internet Explorer you have, is upgrading to the latest version.  This process can fix some Internet Explorer problems.

In the case of a virus or malware infection, you should use an anti-virus and anti-malware software program to clean your computer and remove the infection. Webroot SecureAnywhere and Kaspersky Internet Security are excellent software programs for removing virus and malware infections, as well as preventing further infections. You can also try one of the many free anti-virus and anti-malware programs, available on the Internet.

Additional information

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