General Add or Remove Menu Bar in File Explorer in Windows 11


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The menu bar is no longer available in File Explorer.



Starting with Windows 11 build 25136 and build 22621.160, File Explorer has been updated.

To help you work across multiple locations at the same time, the title bar of File Explorer now has tabs.

File Explorer also has a new refreshed layout of the left navigation pane which makes it easy for you to navigate to folders that matter to you. The updated organization provides easy access to your pinned and frequently used folders (Quick access) and your OneDrive cloud profiles added to Windows.

Due to a possible bug or by design in the new File Explorer, you can have the old menu bar always show in File Explorer if wanted. When the menu bar is turned off to not always show, you can still open the menu bar using its underline access Alt key shortcuts.

The menu bar includes the File (Alt+F), Edit (Alt+E), View (Alt+V), and Tools (Alt+T) items. The options available for these menu items will vary depending on what is open and selected in File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off always show menu bar in File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Add or Remove File Explorer Menu Bar in Folder Options
  • Option Two: Add or Remove File Explorer Menu Bar using REG file


EXAMPLE: Menu bar in File Explorer

File_Explorer_menu_bar.png





Option One

Add or Remove File Explorer Menu Bar in Folder Options


1 Open Folder Options.

2 Click/tap on the View tab. (see screenshot below)

3 Check (add) or uncheck (remove - default) Always show menus for what you want.

4 Click/tap on OK.

File_Explorer_menu_bar_Folder_Options.png





Option Two

Add or Remove File Explorer Menu Bar using REG file


1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.

2 Add File Explorer Menu Bar

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_menu_bar_to_File_Explorer.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"AlwaysShowMenus"=dword:00000001

3 Remove File Explorer Menu Bar

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_menu_bar_from_File_Explorer.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"AlwaysShowMenus"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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arcusscullen

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none of the methods above are working. I still have the white menu bar on my file explorer
 

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z3r010

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none of the methods above are working. I still have the white menu bar on my file explorer
Are you using an applicable build as mentioned at the top of the tutorial?
 

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none of the methods above are working. I still have the white menu bar on my file explorer
So how is it not working?
You have It, like me, but it's white in Dark Mode Explorer, which sort of implies "Due to a possible bug", not by design, is at play
W11 Pro 22H2 v22622.440 obtained via UUP Iso, I'm not in the insider program, and I can turn it off/on in Folder Options
2022-08-25 08_04_22-Greenshot.jpg

I get White mode popping up via varrious methods, on first Starrt
If just main window, change of folder puts it in dark mode.
Root Switch links, seem to open nav pane in white mode, and that's only fixed via opening a new tab.
Some minor niggles, still need fixing, but on the whole Tabbed Explorer works fine.
 

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