Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8 display the menu bar below the address bar in the header area of the web browser. The menu bar contains links to menus like File, Tools or Help while the address bar is being used to load websites and perform searches on the Internet.
Most web browsers use a different display order of toolbars with the menu bar on top and the address bar below that which is also the default display in all windows and applications of the Windows operating system. There is however no option to customize Internet Explorer toolbars in the browser itself.
The only way to change the location of the Internet Explorer Toolbar is to edit the Windows Registry. To do that press [Windows R], type [regedit] and hit [enter].
Navigate to the following Registry key:
Add a new DWord by right-clicking in the left panel of the Registry and selecting New > DWord Value. Name the new Registry key ITBar7Position. Double-click it afterwards and give it the value 1.
Restart Internet Explorer afterwards and you should see that the Internet Explorer Toolbars have been exchanged. The menu toolbar should now be on top and the address toolbar below.
Update: Newer versions of Internet Explorer do not display the menu bar at all anymore. You can still display it in the browser with a tap on the Alt key which displays it for a moment, or by right-clicking on a blank spot on the main toolbar and checking the Menu Bar option from the context menu.
Note that the toolbar is displayed below the address bar by default and that the tweak mentioned above works fine for newer versions of IE as well.
You can find out more about Internet Explorer 9 tweaks by following the link to a follow up article that we have published in 2010.
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