How to Show Tab Bar on Separate Row in Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and Later?

If you are using Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) web browser, you might have noticed that it shows both addressbar and tab bar in same row. If you don't like both of these toolbars in same row, you can put the tab bar on a separate row using this tutorial.

This tutorial will help you in moving the tab bar in Internet Explorer 9 or later versions on a separate row below the addressbar. If you also want to separate addressbar and tab bar, simply follow these simple steps:

1. Open Internet Explorer and right-click on tab bar (empty area near Tabs) and enable "Show tabs on a separate row" option.

2. That's it. It'll immediately put tab bar in a new row just below the address bar as shown in following screenshot:


If you want to restore tab bar position to default in future, uncheck the "Show tabs on a separate row" option and it'll bring tab bar back in same row of addressbar.


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  • THANK you! Not sure how I fat fingered tabs onto a different row but this was driving me NUTS!

  • Thank you! Your article was second in my Google search results for "internet explorer 11 address bar and tabs on separate lines". This answer was just what I was looking for!

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  • Thank you. Very useful

  • Don't know what I did but not only are tabs and address bar on same line, the right-click menu shows it thinks they are on separate lines. What's worse, that line in the menu is grayed out like it's not useable. What on earth did I do and how do I fix it.

    I have a screen shot if it would help.

  • Nemmind, I realized I also couldn't see my system tray. Once I minimized the browser window and could see that, I maximized again and everything was where it should be. Phew.

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