You may have noticed that Internet Explorer doesn’t show Menu bar by default and even Beta of IE9 was missing Menu bar option from Toolbars context menu. It was a bug and has been fixed in Internet Explorer 9 RC.

You can enable Menu bar by walking through these simple steps:
How To:
Method 1:

  1. Run Internet Explorer and Right click on empty area next to tabs.
  2. In Toolbars context menu, click on Menu bar to enable/show Menu bar.
  3. Besides you can press ALT key to show menu bar for a while until you click anywhere or do something.

Method 2:

  1. First of all, close all Internet Explorer instances (running processes)
  2. Run Registry Editor and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MINIE
  3. In right side pane, Create or modify a DWORD value called AlwaysShowMenus and set it to 1.

Applies To:

  • Internet Explorer 9 RC
  • Internet Explorer 9 Beta

One response to “How to enable/show Menu bar in Internet Explorer 9”

  1. Anna Martin Avatar

    Well i tried this little trick and nothing happens when i right click on the right of the tabs. I am also in IT so do you want to help me out here. Trying to learn this Windows 7 IE9 as quickly as possible. I hate change, why did i ever get into this field. And so do most users i will have you know. Why cant they just leave well enough alone???? I think it is just to irritate the common everyday worker/user. Believe it or not, I feel for them.

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