How to Enable / Show Menu Bar Permanently in Microsoft Internet Explorer?

This tutorial will help you in forcing Internet Explorer web browser to always show Menu bar:

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

2. Now go to following key:


3. Create a new key "Internet Explorer" under "Microsoft" key.

4. Create another new key "Main" under "Internet Explorer" key.

So the final path would be:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

5. Now in right-side pane, create a new DWORD value AlwaysShowMenus and set its value to 1

6. That's it. Now the Menu bar will be permanently visible in Internet Explorer as shown in following screenshot:


NOTE: To disable Menu Bar again, you can either delete DWORD value AlwaysShowMenus or set its value to 0.

PS: If you want a ready-made registry script to do the task automatically, download following ZIP file, extract it and run the extracted REG file. It'll ask for confirmation, accept it:

Download Registry Script


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  • Thanks for this tip, worked as explained and provided the functionality I was looking for.

  • I tried this and got it to work with IE9 only after replacing the "Main" in the registry path with "MINIE". I run 64 bit Win7 Enterprise.

  • I tried this but the value was already in the register and it does not work, the Menu Bar is still not visible.

  • I cannot get my Menu Bar to show up on opening my computer,& am stressed not to be ableto reach my FAVORITES List until I go through several pages.How do I get it to my shortcut DESKTOP?Thanks

  • The right way is -
    Press [ALT] to access the menu bar.
    Click "View".
    Click "Toolbars".
    Click "Menu Bar".

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