[Solution] How to Disable Menubar in Windows Vista and Later Explorer?

In Windows Vista and later, "Menubar" in Windows Explorer is disabled by default but you can enable it from "Organize -> Layout -> Menu Bar" option in Explorer.

Sometimes users face a very strange problem, no matter what option they choose the menubar is always displayed. Even they uncheck the option to show menubar, it doesn't work and they find no way to disable the menubar in Explorer.

If you are also one of those people who are facing this problem, then you have come to the right place. Sometimes it happens when you disable "Show preview and filters" option.

Don't worry, just follow any of following methods and you'll be able to enable / disable menubar in Windows Explorer:

Method A: Using Registry Editor

1. Type regedit in RUN or start menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\ShellBrowser

3. In right-side pane, delete binary key ITBar7Layout.

4. That's it. Restart your system and it'll solve the problem.

Method B: Using Folder Options

1. Open My Computer and go to "Organize -> Folder and Search Options".

2. Now enable "Show preview and filters" option.

3. Apply it and your problem will be solved.

Method C: Using System Properties

1. Type sysdm.cpl in RUN or start menu search box and press Enter.

2. Now go to "Advanced" tab and click on "Settings" button in "Performance" section.

3. Now enable "Show preview and filters in folder" option.

4. Apply it and it'll fix the problem.

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Posted in: Troubleshooting, Windows 7, Windows Vista

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  • Woow thank you so much for your regedit tips.
    I had this problem after installing QTTabBar in windows 7 x64.
    so by searching the web found this askvg topic about this problem.
    and now my problem has solved.

    Thank you so much.

  • Method A did the trick for me. I was going nuts! Thank you!

  • thanks alot 4 the perfect solutions

  • As an indian i m proud of You Vishal
    your registry solution worked perfectly

  • Thanks!! the reg solution worked like a charm (needed only logoff logon)

  • hi vishal.. thanks for the tips.
    But,uhh.. at first it worked like a charm, then it went back after i reboot.. why is that? can you tell me how to solve this?
    email me if you would.. thanks in advance

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