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Show the Menu Bar in Windows Explorer

Posted In Windows - By Jack on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 With No Comments »

By default in Windows 7, the menu bar in Windows Explorer is hidden, as most of the functionality available on the menu bar is available on other controls. However, the menu bar is still available if that’s what you prefer to use.

You can show the menu bar in Explorer on a temporary basis or permanently. To show it temporarily, press the Alt key. After you make a selection from one of the menus, the menu bar disappears. To show the menu bar permanently so it doesn’t disappear after selecting an option, click the Start button, enter “folder options” in the Search box, and press Enter, or click the Folder Options link.

On the View dialog box, click the View tab and select the Always show menus check box in the Advanced settings list so there is a check mark in the box. Click OK.

Now the standard menu bar will always be available in Windows Explorer.

Show/Hide Drive Letters in Explorer

By default, the letters for drives in Windows Explorer are shown. For example, your main Windows 7 hard drive is most likely C:, your DVD drive may be D: and other drives and partitions and removable media, such as USB flash drives, have their own drive letters.

If you can tell which drive is which by each drive’s volume name and/or media type, and you don’t want to see the drive letters in Explorer, you can hide them.

Click the Start button, enter “folder options” in the Search box, and press Enter, or click the Folder Options link.

The Folder Options dialog box displays. To hide the drive letters in the right pane in Windows Explorer, click the View tab, and select the Show drive letters check box so there is NO check mark in the box. To show the letters again, simply select the check box so there is a check mark in it.

When you hide the drive letters in Windows Explorer, they are hidden in the right pane, but they still display in the Computer list in the Navigation pane, as shown below.

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