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mvp
Menu Bar How to Enable or Disable the Menu Bar in Vista Windows Explorer
By default Vista has the Windows Explorer Menu bar turned off. This will show you how to temporarily or always enable it again. The Menu bar includes the File, Edit, View, Favorites (In IE7), Tools, and Help menus.
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How to Enable or Disable the Menu Bar in Vista Windows Explorer
Synopsis
By default Vista has the Windows Explorer Menu bar turned off. This will show you how to temporarily or always enable it again. The Menu bar includes the File, Edit, View, Favorites (In IE7), Tools, and Help menus.
How to Enable or Disable the Menu Bar in Vista Windows Explorer

information   Information
This is the toolbar at the top of a Windows Explorer window with menus. By default, Vista has the Menu bar disabled.


The Menu bar includes the File, Edit, View, Favorites (In IE7), Tools, and Help menus.
Tip   Tip

EXAMPLE: Menu Toolbar Enabled
After.jpg
EXAMPLE: Menu Toolbar Disabled
Before.jpg




METHOD ONE
Using a Keyboard Shortcut

NOTE: This will only temporarily show the Menu bar in Windows Explorer. It will go away as soon as you click on something other than the menu. To turn it on all the time, see the methods below.
1. Press the Alt key to just see the Menu bar to click on a menu item to open it.​
OR
2. Press the Alt + (underlined letter) keys to open the menu item with that underlined first letter.​




METHOD TWO
Through Windows Explorer

1. Open a Windows Explorer window.​
2. Click on Organize and Layout. (See screenshot below)​
3. To Enable the Menu Bar
A) Click on Menu Bar to check it.​

4. To Disable the Menu Bar
A) Click on Menu Bar to uncheck it.​
Organize.jpg





METHOD THREE
Through Folder Options

1. Open Folder Options.​
2. Click on the View tab. (See screenshot below)​
3. To Enable the Menu Bar
A) Check Always show menus.​
B) Go to step 5.​

4. To Disable the Menu Bar
A) Uncheck Always show menus.​

5. Click on OK.​
Folder_Options.jpg




METHOD FOUR
Using a REG File Download

1. To Add the Menu Bar
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Add_Menu_Bar.reg
download

B) Go to step 3.​

2. To Remove the Menu Bar
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Remove_Menu_Bar.reg
download

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click Merge.​
5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.​
8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​




METHOD FIVE
Through Registry Editor

1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
4. In regedit, navigate to the location below.​
Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
5. To Add the Menu Bar
A) In the right pane, right on AlwaysShowMenus and click on Modify.​
B) Type 1 and click on OK.​
C) Go to step 7.​

6. To Remove the Menu Bar
A) In the right pane, right on AlwaysShowMenus and click on Modify.​
B) Type 0 (number zero) and click on OK.​

7. Close regedit.​
8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.​
That's it,
Shawn


 
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#2
the problem is that it does not work for me.
Moreover,when i press on organize i do not see the whole options i see in the screenshot.
i ran a lot of antivirus checks but did not find anything

any suggestion?
 

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Brink

Staff member
mvp
#3
Hello Ahmad Abdullah, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Have you tried any of the other methods to see if they can enable the Menu bar for you?

If you have, could you post a screenshot of this area to see if it may help determine what may be a cause?

Shawn
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Corsair Air 740
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone
#4
no thanks
after i posted her i made a search on bing to find that the solotion is
go to folder options and from the general tap>>>>> sow preview and filters
just like that .:D
te problem h interrupted me for more than 2 monthes and it also happened on win server
thank u
 

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Brink

Staff member
mvp
#5
I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted. :)
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Corsair Air 740
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone