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Monday, January 30, 2012

Restore Missing Menu Bar And Address Bar In XP

It finally happened on my personal computer and I honestly did not know what to do. Every window I opened, whether it was 'my documents' or 'my computer', I just wasn't getting my menu bar and my address bar which I found so useful. I realized their importance when they weren't present anymore. So I googled a few sites here and there and finally stopped at a forum discussion which helped me restore both bars:

The helpful folks at the forum recommended a few things to try out which resulted to the restore. I will list them here along with my suggestions (numbers 4 and 5):

  1. What happens when you hold alt+ press 'f'? Does that bring you a toolbar? If so, go to 'View' and select the toolbar and address bar.
  2. Press F11
  3. After restoring the bar/s, right click on any bar and make sure "Standard Buttons" and "Address Bar" are checked.
  4. You may have to re-arrange your bars to make them look how they were before they disappeared on you. To do this, right click again on the menu bar and uncheck "Lock The Toolbars". Move your mouse over the address bar and/or menu bar and hold down the left click button on your mouse while shifting the bar until you bring it to your desired position.
  5. Right click on the menu bar again and make sure "Lock The Toolbars" is checked to avoid accidental movement on your menu bar and address bar.
I have no idea if this works on Vista but it definitely does on XP.

6/22/10 Update:

Should all else fail:
Check out the following links below which suggest to delete a certain file called "ITBarLayout". Though I highly recommend you proceed with CAUTION as the suggested methods require you to tweak with the registry. It is further explained here:
also someone did something similar here:

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Anonymous,  March 31, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

thank you
F11 worked great
that was SO frusterating

Anonymous,  June 22, 2010 at 7:45 AM  

it doesnt work for me > :(

please other ways.."_
help me

Jifdc June 22, 2010 at 8:45 AM  

@Anonymous, June 22 2010 7:45 AM:
I suggest checking out the link I recommended in my article, this issue was resolved by deleting a certain file called "ITBarLayout". It is further explained here: also someone did something similar here:

Note: I will update my article to suggest these links.

Anonymous,  December 29, 2010 at 1:56 AM  

thank you very much F11 worked :))

Anonymous,  January 17, 2011 at 9:36 AM  

HOld the "Alt" key down
then press "v"
that should toggle the 'VIEW' tab of the MENU Toolbar. (no matter if it is turned off or not)
from there just "Re-check" the toolbars you want, turn back on.

(Alt+F) just toggles the ability to temporarily put your view of the screen to "FullScreen", so if you inadvertantly put it into fullscreen without your knowledge, Yes, you will panic and wonder what happened. So that fix will apply and will work for you, but if you somehow turned off the toolbars: navigation/address, or menu, then try the above 1st step

Anonymous,  February 2, 2011 at 4:28 PM  

Thank you very much that was very helpfull....F11 is worked...

shamimhcp May 21, 2011 at 3:53 PM  

suggestions no. 5 work very batter for find out my computer's missing address bar..

thank's you

Jifdc May 21, 2011 at 4:58 PM  

@shamimhcp: Glad it helped!

Anonymous,  July 18, 2011 at 4:21 AM  

Thanx very really helps me to solve my problem.thanxxxxxx

Anonymous,  January 5, 2012 at 11:32 PM  

F11 worked great thanku

Anonymous,  May 20, 2012 at 8:32 PM  

hey really was sufferng a lot without address bar....thanks a lot :-)

Jifdc May 20, 2012 at 8:51 PM  

In response to the previous comments: you are very welcome! I am so happy that this post proved to be useful :)

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