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Published on 06.02.09 by Brent Trahan

Set Where the Menu Bar Appears in Internet Explorer

Learn how to set where Internet Explorer’s Menu bar appears in Windows 7.

The navigation bar contains icons for a variety of features including navigating among web pages, searching the web using a selection of search tools, accessing and managing Favorites, viewing a History of visited pages, printing, and accessing email and newsgroups. The menu bar contains menu items that open up dropdown lists for related options. Among the items are options for printing, customizing Internet Explorer, copying and pasting text, managing Favorites, and accessing Help.

If you enable this policy, the menu bar will be above the navigation bar. Users will not be able to interchange positions of the menu and navigation bars.

If you disable this policy, the menu bar will be below the navigation bar. Users will not be able to interchange positions of the menu and navigation bars.

If you do not configure this policy, users will be able to interchange positions of the menu and navigation bars.

Set Where IE’s Menu Bar Sits

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Internet Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Moving the menu bar above the navigation bar in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable if you want the menu bar to be above the navigation bar, or disable if you want the menu bar to be below the navigation bar, and then click OK to save the changes.

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