How to show or hide the favorites bar in Internet Explorer


Favorites are essentially links to web pages or websites that you view most often. However, you have to add a link to a certain site to your favorites toolbar first, to be able to access it via the favorites button later. However, this can be impossible if the favorites bar is not visible and especially if you don't know how to make it show again. The solution depends on which operating system you are using on your PC.

Lost Favorites Bar in Internet Explorer

The problem is quite common with Internet Explorer especially if you have upgraded to Internet Explorer 9 or 11. That is because, the software developers were trying to increase the usable space by hiding toolbars. The good news is that it is easy to show the Favorites toolbar and enjoy its benefits even with these new browser models. The operating system can also affect the visibility of the favorite toolbar because the list of favorite websites in Internet Explorer is stored in a folder in a computer's hard disk. Therefore, if you delete the folder then automatically the browser cannot display the favorites list located on your IE favorites bar .

If you are Using Internet Explorer 9

  1. The first thing you should do when you want to show the favorites bar is to:

  2. Open the Internet Explorer browser and open the view menu by clicking Alt+V to open the view.

  3. Next click toolbars and choose menu bar, and then favorites, status bar or command bar

You can display one tool bar at a time and repeat this process if you want to show all the toolbars on Internet Explorer.

If you are using Internet Explorer 11 which comes with the favorites bar hidden

Adding a link to IE Favorites

If you want to add a link to your favorites bar, the process is just as simple. You will only have to

  1. click add to favorites bar button, and the link will appear as a star on the toolbar

  2. You can now go ahead and click the button to open the site in a current active tab or a different one

Internet Explorer Help Menu not Showing in IE 9?

But what happens when the help menu is not available either? This phenomenon is quite common while using the Internet Explorer 9. Fortunately, this is also easy to fix because you will only have to

Additionally you can also show the menu bar by

It is also necessary to remember that if the Favorites bar fails to show clearly, you can

  1. right-click the IE Favorites bar and then

  2. click Lock the Toolbars.

This will immediately clear the check mark. You can then drag the favorites bar to the left to show your web slices, feeds, and favorites.

How to Hide the Favorites bar in Internet Explorer

On the other hand, if you want to hide the favorites bar, you should do the reverse of the above-mentioned process. That means that you will

  1. click view on the menu bar and

  2. then point at toolbars. Once the toolbars come into focus, you can

  3. deselect the favorite bar

Ideally, with these simple steps, you can show or hide Favorite bars in Internet Explorer in seconds.


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