New subscriber Martin Rogers wrote me with a problem he hadn’t been able to solve, and his web searches hadn’t helped. Martin subscribed to my newsletter and then wrote me his question…
I have just downloaded IE9, and have lost my Favourites Toolbar.
I have browsed a few of the self help sites, but have found them of no help to me. I must admit that this could be my fault, as I quite often don’t understand the technical advice that some of them use.
If you could help, although I do need very plain speaking, I would be most grateful.
Yours in hope
M. J. Rogers
Martin has run into one of the features of the latest web browsers. Whether you use Opera, Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer (or more than one of these), the web browsers are trying to be less intrusive, and give you more screen "real estate" by having fewer controls displayed all the time, while giving you the options to display the controls when you want them.
By the way, the same thing happened in Microsoft Office 2007.
The answer to Martin’s problem is that you can display the Internet Explorer 9 menu bar temporarily by pressing and releasing the Alt key. That will make IE display the File/Edit/etc menu bar if it’s hidden.
Once the menu bar is displayed, select View > Toolbars > Favorites bar. You might need to uncheck the bottom item on the Toolbars menu "Lock the toolbars" in order to make the change.
If you want the menu bar to display all the time (I like it to display), also put a check beside the "Menu bar" entry.