IE8/IE9: Place the Menu Bar Above the Address Bar

If you use Firefox, then you are used to the menu bar being placed above the address bar, however Internet Explorer 8 and 9 place it below the Address Bar. You can move it by using a simple registry hack.

This tech-recipe will move your Menu Bar from this:

to this:

1. Open up Notepad (or right-click the desktop, mouseover New and select Text Document).

2. Copy and paste the following into the new text document:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser]

3. Save the document as ie8_menubar_above_address.reg.

4. Double-click the new file to merge it into the Registry.

5. Continue through the UAC prompt and confirm that you wish to perform the action.

6. Restart you computer (or simply stop and start Explorer.exe from the Task Manager).


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  • Anonymous

    Another great recipe, thanks. Not that I use IE8, but it’ll be handy for when someone else asks me how to do this. Cheers!

  • josh

    This is probally a virus, so im not this stupid!!! Nice try 🙂

    • LSV

      I appologize, but if you really think this is a virus, then you are exactly what you say you arn’t, ha-ha.

    • Daniel

      How could this POSSIBLY be a virus? You can see what it does right there. However, if you aren’t familiar enough with … how things work to feel comfortable doing this, you probably shouldn’t do it. Or use computers. Or sharp objects. Or milk.

  • Virus? Are you kidding me, josh? Homework before flaming:

    Windows XP
    Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
    Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerToolbarWebBrowser
    Note If the WebBrowser key does not exist, you must create it. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Right-click Toolbar, point to New, and then click Key.
    2. In the New Key #1 box, type WebBrowser, and then press ENTER.
    3. Right-click WebBrowser, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
    4. In the New Value #1 box, type ITBar7Position, and then press ENTER.
    5. Right-click ITBar7Position, and then click Modify.
    6. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
    7. Exit Registry Editor and then start Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 8.0.

  • Bradley

    Thanks. What about IE8 under XP, SP3?

    Is it the *same* hack?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I’ve just done that & it works. Hopefully, Bradley, you’ve already got an answer to it; but as I’ve just done it, I figured I’d reply as someone else might want to know!

  • Oldrelicdvds

    So far this is not working on fresh install of IE 9, worked great on IE 8.
    Using Windows 7 Ultimate with SP1.

  • max

    Yes, this does not work on IE9. The Menu bar is below the tab row.