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

Updated: 04/01/2018 by Computer Hope

Internet ExplorerUsers coming from earlier versions of Internet Explorer may be shocked to find that the File, Edit, View, Favorites, Tools, and Help menus are now gone.

These menus are now hidden by default, but they can 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

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.

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

Note: If pressing the Alt key does not make the menu bar visible, try pressing Alt+V. Pressing this keyboard hotkey combination opens the View menu even if 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 visible.

Are you still not seeing a menu bar?

If you've tried the above steps 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 further infections. You can also try one of the many free antivirus and anti-malware programs available on the Internet.

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