As soon as you install Internet Explorer 8, you’ll find that the interface is a little different.
Microsoft lost their mind with IE7 and the Vista version of Windows.
Vista is missing the Start Button that they’ve trained everyone to use. Internet Explorer 7 is missing the Menu Bar that they’ve similarly trained everyone to use!
Fortunately, Microsoft also gave us the ability to display the IE7 Menu Bar — IF you know the First Rule of Windows…
Which brings me to:
The First Rule of Windows: If you don’t know what to do, Right-Click…
The Second Rule of Windows: If the First Rule doesn’t solve your problem, Right-Click on something else — OR ON NOTHING — and see if that helps…
The Third Rule of Windows: If the First Rule and Second Rule don’t give you something useful, THEN start looking at the Menu Bar and other icons.
Windows, and many programs that run in Windows, display a Context Menu at that point. A Context Menu is a menu of specific things that you are likely to want to do — based on exactly where you clicked.
In the case of Internet Explorer 7, if you click on a blank spot on the IE header section — such as to the right of the tabs — IE7 will present you with a Context Menu.
Your choices on this Context Menu are:
- Menu Bar (default is Unchecked)
- Links (default is Checked)
- Status Bar (default is Checked)
- Lock the Toolbars (default is Checked)
- Use Large Icons (default is Unchecked)
- Customize Command Bar…
To display the File / Edit menu bar, click on the Menu Bar entry in this Context Menu.
Now, you have your Menu Bar back again. It’s not in the same place — it’s below the address bar (where you type a web site’s URL), but it’s there!