How to display the menu bar in Firefox

Updated: 09/03/2019 by Computer Hope
File menu bar displayed in Firefox.

Users coming from earlier versions of Firefox may notice that the menu bar, containing the File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks, Tools, and Help menus, appears to be missing. In the newest versions of Firefox, the menu bar is hidden by default, to give you more screen space for browsing.

However, the menu bar is still there. To view the menu bar in Firefox, or troubleshoot your Firefox menu bar if it's not working correctly, select from the options below.

Temporarily show the File, Edit, View menu

Pressing the Alt key temporarily shows the file menu bar and allow users to use any of its features. The menu bar is located above the Address bar, in the upper-left corner of the browser window.

File menu bar in Mozilla Firefox


After making a selection from one of the menus, the menu bar is 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 Firefox, follow the steps below.

  1. Press the Alt key to show the menu bar temporarily.
  2. Click View (A), and select Toolbars (B) in the drop-down menu that appears.

Toolbar option in Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click Menu Bar.

Toggle selector for the menu bar in Mozilla Firefox

  1. A check mark will appear next to the Menu Bar option, indicating that it's permanently visible.

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


To make the menu bar auto-hide again, repeat the steps above.

Browser in full-screen mode

If Firefox is set to run in full-screen mode, the menu bar will not be visible, even if it is enabled.

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.

Menu bar won't display

If you've tried the steps above and the menu bar is still not visible or accessible, your Firefox 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 Firefox installation, it may be necessary to uninstall and then re-install it. Alternatively, if there is a newer version of Firefox 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.