How to display the File, Edit, View menu in Internet Explorer

Updated: 02/02/2019 by Computer Hope

Internet ExplorerUsers coming from earlier versions of Internet Explorer may notice that the File, Edit, View, Favorites, Tools, and Help menus are now missing. The reason is that these menus are now hidden by default. However, they may be accessed by using either of the options below.

Note: If you are using Microsoft Edge, the replacement for Internet Explorer in Windows 10, the File, Edit, and View menus are not available. Microsoft does not include these menus in Microsoft Edge.

Temporarily show the File, Edit, View menu

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, in the upper-left corner of the browser window.

The file menu bar in Internet Explorer.

Note: Once a selection is made from one of the menus, the bar 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 show the menu bar temporarily.
  2. Click View (A), and then select Toolbars from the drop-down menu that appears (B).

The toolbar optin in Internet Explorer.

  1. Click Menu bar.

The toggle selector for the Menu bar in Internet Explorer.

  1. A check mark will appear next to the Menu bar option, indicating that it will now be permanently visible.

Tip: If pressing the Alt key does not make the menu bar visible, try pressing Alt+V. This keyboard shortcut combination opens the View menu even if the menu bar is hidden.

Tip: To make the menu bar autohide again, repeat the steps above.

Full-screen mode

If Internet Explorer is set to run in full-screen mode, the menu bar will not be visible, even if it is enabled. However, if you move your mouse cursor to the very top of the screen, the menu bar will become visible.

To exit full-screen mode, press the F11 key on your keyboard. Check to see if the menu bar is now there or if pressing the Alt key makes it visible.

Are you still not seeing a menu bar?

If you've tried the steps above and the menu bar is still not visible or accessible, your Internet Explorer installation may be corrupt or damaged. It is also possible that your computer has a virus or malware infection that is preventing the menu bar from being displayed.

If the problem is your Internet Explorer installation, it may be necessary to uninstall and then re-install it. Alternatively, if there is a newer version of Internet Explorer available, try upgrading to the latest version. Doing so may fix the problem.

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

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