How to Restore the Windows Explorer Toolbar Menu in Windows 7

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For those of you who are making the jump to Windows 7 from Windows XP, you will find that there are quite a few changes. One of the biggest annoyances I hear people complain about is the fact the toolbar menu on Windows Explorer has disappeared.

Use the following steps to add menu back on to the Windows Explorer toolbar:

1 – Click on the Start Menu.
2 – Click on Control Panel.
3 – Click on Appearance and Personalisation.
4 – Click on Folder Options.
5 – Click on the View tab.

Screenshot of the Folder Options dialog box from Windows 7

Areas to take note of:

Folder Views

This section allows you to change your default view for Windows Explorer to the view of your currently opened Windows Explorer. For this tutorial you can ignore this section.

Advanced Settings

This section allows you to change the way Windows Explorer looks and feels.

How to add the Menu back on to Windows Explorer in Window 7.

Under the Advanced Settings section on the View tab in the Folder Options dialog box, look for the tick box called Always show menus under the Files and Folders title. Then click on the Apply button to save the changes. Now, whenever you open Windows Explorer, you will see the menu in the top toolbar.

Windows 7 Windows Explorer
Posted 13 Oct 2012, 19:01

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