Author: Lawrence Albert Pardo-Ilao - Naga City, Philippines

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Enable the Menu Bar at Windows Explorer and IE using Windows Registry

If you don’t know where to look for the menu options – File, Edit, View and Tools, here’s a way to get them back using your registry editor. All you need to know is to look for it’s registry folder location and Value name.

The Internet Explorer or IE

Registry Key Path (Registry Folder)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MINIE

Open the registry folder as administrator - simply type “regedit” and It will ask “Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?”, Click YES.

Once the tool is open, go to the registry folder above and find AlwaysShowMenus. If you can’t find the value name, Create by using your Right-click menu function at any vacant space, click New-> DWORD (32-bit) Value and type AlwaysShowMenus. Once you’re done, double-click the value name and change its value data to 1.

For Windows Explorer

The procedure is very similar for Windows explorer, you just need to find the registry folder location and look for AlwaysShowMenus value name.


If you can’t find the option, create the value name AlwaysShowMenus as DWORD and enter a value of 1.

That’s it!

Creating these TweakUI Functions using Regdevelop

If your handling many computers and you want to create a tool that can patch these registry functions easily – use RegDevelop. It’s an easy way to create and compile your tweaks into one application.


Drag and drop the Checkbox control to the form designer, change its caption and settings as shown below:


Show IE Menu Bar


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MINIE









For the other tweak, same thing – just use the procedure above and test the program by clicking the Start option and Build Now button after checking – That’s it!

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