How to Enable Menu Bar, Favorites Bar, Command Bar and Status Bar in Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and Later?

If you have downloaded and started using Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), you might have noticed that it doesn't show any classic toolbar such as Menu bar, Favorites bar, Command bar and Status bar.

Actually all these toolbars are disabled by default but you can enable them using following simple tricks:

Method 1:

Right-click on Tab bar (empty area near Tabs) and it'll show a context menu having options to enable or disable various toolbars. Here you can enable your desired toolbar by simply clicking on its option given in context menu.

Method 2:

Press "ALT" key to temporary show Menu bar and then enable the desired bar using "View -> Toolbars" menu.


Which toolbars do you enable in your Internet Explorer web browser? Feel free to share your comments...

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  • VG

    ^^ If you are using Internet Explorer browser, right-click on titlebar and enable favorites bar.

  • Thank you thank you!!! I really HATE windows 8 because it's so utterly different from all prior versions and clearly does NOT cater to non-tech or non-app people. There is nothing to encourage a transition to the entirely new way of doing things, and boy do I now understand the problems with Microsoft having a real monopoly.

    That being said, this morning when my Favorites bar had disappeared, yours is the only quickie fix that was simple, non-threatening, and successful. The "fix" from Microsoft said if I did it wrong, I could ruin my entire computer and they couldn't guarantee that their fix wouldn't do that! THANKS FOR NOTHING, BILL GATES!!!! Why the hell did you make this program SOOOO hard to use for the rest of the world who aren't engineers???? You're gonna make me go to Apple after a lifetime of dedicated Windows loyalty!!!

    Sorry, I rant. I meant to say, THIS WORKED VERY WELL and I sincerely thank you for giving your knowledge and expertise to the rest of the world.

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  • So helpful!! Thank you.

  • Very helpful. Thank you

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    Why would they turn off all these 'standard features' that were in previous IE versions without alot of info and warning?
    Typical big IT corp --> We'll change what we want when we want and users can just figure it out or ... :(

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  • Oups, I need to tell you I am in Windows 7 Live Mail. Hate this program. Wish Outlook Express woul come back.

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  • VG

    ^^ Right-click on the titlebar area where website names are shown. You can also right-click in titlebar.

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  • Thank you. You're a genius -- a knowledgeable, sharing one.
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  • Thank You for the great info. in getting my menu and toolbar back. I tried quite a few, with no results, god bless them all. thanks

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  • VG

    ^^ Press Ctrl+Shift+I keys together.

  • This was really helpful!

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  • VG

    ^^ Please provide more details. Can you see Favorites menu in Menu bar but one of your favorite website is missing from the list?

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  • VG

    ^^ You can uninstall IE new version using following tutorial:

  • VG thank you for taking the time to help those of us who are technically challenged. I very much appreciate the helpful hints and simple explanations.
    You are generous with your time and expertise.

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  • VG

    ^^ You can press Ctrl+D keys together to bookmark current website. It'll work the same way.

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