How to Restore or Remove "File" from the Windows Explorer Menu Bar

information   Information
This will show you how to restore or remove File from the Menu bar in Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer for all users in Windows 7 and Vista.
Note   Note
You will need to have the Menu bar enabled to be able to see the File menu item.

EXAMPLE: Windows Explorer Menu bar with File Restored and Removed
File Menu - Restore or Remove-restored.jpg

File Menu - Restore or Remove-removed.jpg




METHOD ONE

Through the Local Group Policy Editor

1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.
2. In the left pane, click on User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Windows Explorer. (See screenshot below)
File Menu - Restore or Remove-group_policy.jpg
3. In the right pane, right click on Remove File menu from Winodows Explorer and click on Properties. (See screenshot above)

4. To Restore File Menu
A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 5A)

B) Go to step 6.
5. To Remove File Menu
A) Select (dot) Enabled and click on OK.
File Menu - Restore or Remove-properties.jpg
6. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window. Your done.





METHOD TWO

Using a REG File Download

1. To Restore File Menu
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
Restore_File_Menu.reg
download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Remove File Menu
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
Remove_File_Menu.reg
download
3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (UAC-Windows 7), Yes, and then on OK when prompted.

6. When done, you can delete the .reg file (On Desktop).





METHOD THREE

Manually in Registry Editor

1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter.
2. If prompted by UAC, then click on the Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7).

3. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
File Menu - Restore or Remove-reg1.jpg
4. To Remove File Menu
A) In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New and on DWORD (32-bit) Value. (See screenshot above)

B) Type NoFileMenu and press Enter.

C) Right click on NoFileMenu and click on Modify. (See screenshot below)
File Menu - Restore or Remove-reg2.jpg
D) Type 1 and click OK. (See screenshot below)
File Menu - Restore or Remove-modify.jpg
E) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below)
File Menu - Restore or Remove-reg3.jpg
F) Go to step 6.
5. To Restore File Menu
A) In the right pane, right click on NoFileMenu and click on Delete. (See screenshot above)

B) Click on Yes to confirm deletion.
6. Close regedit.
That's it,
Shawn