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Published on 06.02.09 by Brent Trahan

Turn on Internet Explorer’s Menu Bar by Default

Learn how to turn on Internet Explorer’s menu bar by default in Windows 7.

This policy setting allows you to turn on or turn off the legacy “File, Edit, View, etc. …” menus in Internet Explorer.

If you enable this policy setting, the menu bar will appear in Internet Explorer by default and the users cannot turn it off.

If you disable this policy setting, the menu bar will not appear in Internet Explorer by default and the users cannot turn it on.

If you do not configure this policy setting, the menu bar will be turned off by default. The users are free to turn on or turn off the menu bar.

Turn on IE Menu Bar by Default

  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 Turn on menu bar by default in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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