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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  • I have lost my favorites bar , cant seem to get it back.

  • I need to know how to make the Favorites Menu stay *permanantly* at the top of my screen (the whole row including Edit, View, Favorites, etc.). I've seen this answer somewhere online before but can't find it now. Thanks.

  • I just purchased a laptop with Windows 8. My home PC is Vista so this is my first time on 8. My favorites bar is not on my Yahoo page and I can't figure out how or where to get it so it shows. Can you help me?

  • I forgot to mark that I would like to be notified of answers by e-mail since I can't save this site to Favorites as that's my problem in the first place. == Can't find the Favorites bar in Yahoo in Windows 8.

  • 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.

  • With all the miracle screw-ups on the new Yahoo I cannot add to or delete from my Favorites page??????

  • Very helpful - ultimately a simple solution but very 'hard to find' and certainly not intuitive IMHO.
    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 ... :(

  • Why does my bar that contains Paste, copy cut, font names font size, bold, italic, underscore, font color, left margin, center, justify, right margin, attach, and a lot of others things keep vanishing? I found it today under the word MESSAGE. How do I get it back where it belongs?

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

  • I am using a MAC using Parallel to host Windows 8. I have no right click on the MAC and the Alt key is not working.

  • Lost my favorites bar. The solutions offered by the system do not work which is quite a usual position as ordinary users are expected to be experts in internet usage

  • how do you get the command bar back in win 7 ie 10 when clicking on it in alt V T doesn't work?

  • I don't know what I pressed were the right one as the instruction want me to do.

  • We just purchased HP Windows 8 Model #500-a60. It is so different from my older computer which was very simple to use. My husband is ready to break the new one up!! Please help!
    Would Method 1 work on making it easier to go back to a previous page? We now have to go back to start-up to go to another page. Also, there is no "Favorites Section". Would it be safe to apply Method 1 to this new computer? If so, would you please explain this program a little better. Example: You say right-click on tab. Which tabs are you referring to & where are they located on my computer? I would appreciate an explanation step-by-step.

  • VG

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

  • Thanks. You made it easy to put my favorites bar back at the top where it had disappeared when I was downloading some program.

  • Solved my problem with missing favourites bar in IE11.
    Thank you so much.

  • Thank you. You're a genius -- a knowledgeable, sharing one.
    I spent over one hour looking for this answer.
    Tried Method 1. It worked.

  • I'm thinking of using Chrome. How do I put all the above mentioned toolbars onto it. I know about the right click toolbar selection for Explorer. What about Chrome?

  • 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

  • I want to know how to change the "favorites" from the absolutely horrid horizontal thing to the vertical drop-down list. I know there's a way to do it, but I can't figure it out.

  • I have lost my favorite on my do I get it back.

  • VG

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

  • What I want to know is how to DISABLE the damned command bar. It keeps re-appearing all by itself every day. and I have to keep un-checking it on the toolbars tab. Alos on that tab I have checked "lock the toolbars" but if the toolbars were truly locked they wouldn't change all by themselves.

  • IE11 has installed to my pc automatically. Now all my favourites have disappeared. How do I get them back? Some are extremely importantly, hence why I'd favourited them.

  • I've now just discovered that all my photos and documents have disappeared too? What the hell is going on? I need everything back NOW! Can I uninstall IE11??

  • All my emails have gone too. Really NOT happy about this.

  • 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.

  • I have lost the "star" that used to be on my favorites/bookmark bar...I used to bve able to click-on the star and save items but, with the star missing, I am unable to save anything and I can't figure out how to either (1) restore the Star or (2) save by any other means...
    Help...How do I get my "star" back...

  • VG

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

  • New used computer runs W7, and favorites are along the upper part of the page, older comp had them hidden till favorites was clicked on and went down right side of page, how do I change? TIA

  • This is so helpful! I did method 2 for IE11 and it worked! Just hit Alt key, click View --> Toolbars and click on Favorites bar! Thanks so much!

  • I tried Method 1 & 2 neither worked.... I hit the Alt key and nothing comes up...
    Now I do have Windows 10... Will that make a differences??

  • plz help me i have problems on desplaying the menu bar it is not active

  • I have a different Favorites bar problem. If I go into the Tools menu, the favorites bar is checked and lock toolbars is checked. I've tried unchecking both and going back to check them again. But my favorites bar still won't show up. I can hit ALT and it comes back, but the minutes I click on anything, it goes away again. At least I can get it, but it's annoying to have to hit ALT every time. I'm using Windows 7 and IE (but I have no idea what version). Have any advice?

  • I have a MAC and favorites can not be restored

  • I have a similar problem as Judith McFerren. If I go into the Tools menu the favorite bar is checked and lock toolbars if checked. I 've also tried to unchecking them both and ging back to check them again but my favorites bar still won't show up. I called my tech people today and she found it and put it there but when I clicked something else they were gone again.
    Don't know what the tech did to get them but I need them and for them to stay as they are
    sites I use often and so handy to have them right there to use. Have you any advice to get
    them back and stay. I hate to keep calling my tech plus the expense also.

  • I am using IE 11. I have done nothing that I know of to the settings of my computer or IE, but today, my menu toolbar and status bar are gone. When I right click, the menus are checked, but still remain invisible. Neither of the methods provided above worked for me as the "Show tabs on a separate row" option was not dark (not selectable) whether I had the toolbars locked or not, and hitting ALT made nothing happen. Was I supposed to click something else with that?

  • Hi VG - I will save this website as a 'Favourites' on my Bookmarks, but I need advice on the other 'Favourites' that sits on my Explorer.. My 'Favourites' Folder shows up on the top of the left-hand menu-list on my Explorer, .... but not on the Menu bar above. (The 'File, Edit, View, Tools, Help) - How do I insert it back there?
    - I need it there to help help me grab all my files that reside in the same folders, on my main desktop computer, and copy them over onto my laptop. I have an old HP refurb with (I think) Windows 7 on it. Thanks! :)

  • VG

    ^^ I think Favorites only appear in Internet Explorer menubar.

    Check following tutorial:

    If you find any DWORD under mentioned key, post its name here.

  • Awesome! Thank you so much. I've learned to NEVER go to the Microsoft site for help, this was simple, straight forward and effective!

  • After microsoft automatic update the favorites list is gone and I can't get it back. Have tried supposed fixes, but they didn't work or I didn't do them correctly.
    It is a very annoying situation...really perturbed with Microsoft.

  • I lost everything on my comp and had to have the Geek squad come out and reload. Well now I don't have the "file, edit, fav, toolbar" at the top of my screen and cannot find out to fix it. Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Debbie :)

  • VG

    ^^ Please provide more details. Are you talking about Windows Explorer menubar?

  • Thanks - so simple, but I never thought of it!

  • Hi VG. I'm about at my wit's end. I have a PC, Win.10 with IE 11 as my browser. I'm like some of your previous posters in that I'm older and don't like "change". I have an Android tablet and phone that I want it on, too. I still have my Vista laptop and it has saved me more than I can say. Both are Internet Explorer. I hear they are phasing it out and I hate to change to another browser and I'll tell you why. I have the menu bar (as I call it) with File, Edit, FAVORITES, Tools and Help.. Under that, my Bing Search engine, and under that, the Favorites Bar! I click Favorites and can save any page I am on. To Look for it, I just scroll down. My question is: Is there another browser like FireFox, for instance, that I can have all of this? Also, I see MSN is in the mixture with IE and when I click on IE, it comes up. No problem. Everything is the same. I hope you can help me. I've been struggling with this for over a month. Thank you so much. Isn't there an MSN/Internet Explorer out there?

  • VG

    ^^ Don't worry! IE will always remain in Windows. Microsoft will never remove it.

  • Thank you so much for your reply. That eases my mind. You offer good advice to everyone and I appreciate it.

  • I am using IE11. The last few years if I save a website to favorites, I have to scroll through a LONGGGGG list of favorites folders. In the early 2000's you could Save to Favorites by typing in the folder name and going straight to it then to the subfolder(s) if needed. Is there a way to do that now? I can't stand the time it takes to scroll to a folder near the bottom. Thanks.

  • thanks for great guidance for tool bar.thanks, thank you

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