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Win 8 Part 2 | Restore the Menu Bar | PC Giveaways | More..

After I got Windows 8 DE installed (a quick and – for me – painless process) and got past the (painful) ‘bump’ that was my introduction to the Metro “interface” (see, My First Day With Windows 8 (Part One)) it was time to start doing the post-install steps, and also my “customizations” to make the computer “more me” – things like setting a Desktop wallpaper, and configuring some settings to my liking.

I was able to skip right to “tweaking” (aka “customizing”), as Windows 8 detected all my hardware and installed the appropriate drivers automatically.. even my old webcam (impressive) .. and even the wireless network printer (not directly connected)(even more impressive). There was only one ‘glitch’ – even though the printer was detected and appeared to be “installed”, it would not get out of “offline mode” and actually print. So, I “deleted” it, and then clicked on “Add a printer”, then on the device, rebooted, and badda-bing, badda-boom – working printer. Just too easy.

So the first thing I did was to get rid of a ton of those Metro “secret squares”, as they are utterly irrelevant to me, by right – clicking on each one and either choosing “unpin” or “remove”. Then I simply dragged the remaining squares into an order/arrangement more to my liking. I had found that I had to research on the web how to interact with Metro, so I had read Paul Thurrott’s 8 Is Enough: Post-Setup Configuration.
Learn about the new Task Manager, and more – click the link.

Today’s Quick Tip: I am just “old school” enough that I prefer just having my menu bar visible in Explorer.. having to press Alt is not “cool” and “neato” to me. So.. “tweak that”.

In older versions of Windows, the menu bar was always visible in Explorer. In Vista and Windows 7, the menu bar is now hidden by default, and you must press the ALT key to see it. These simple steps will cause it to always be visible.
(The “menu bar” gives you the familiar File | Edit | View |Tools | Help ‘drop down’ menus)

1) Launch Explorer by opening Computer (or Documents, or Pictures..), then press ALT to access the menu bar.

2) Click on Tools and then on Folder options.

3) In the Folder Options window, click on the View tab, and click to place a check in Always show menus.


4) Click on Apply and then OK.

That’s it. You’re done. (Should you decide you prefer the “more screen real estate” no menu bar look, simply repeat the steps and un-check the box.)

Today’s free download and first giveaway: (an “oldie but a goodie”) It has been a while since I have mentioned one of my fave little computer protection apps – WinPatrol.

Clean up your Taskbar, ActiveX, Brower and Startup programs. WinPatrol monitors and exposes adware, keyloggers, spyware, worms, cookies, and other malicious software. This program puts you back in control of your computer with no need for constant updates.
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Sure they did….

Today’s quotable quote:The thoughts of Plato and Machiavelli… don’t seem quite enough armor for a world beset with splitting the atoms, urban guerrillas, nineteen varieties of psychotherapists, amplified guitars, napalm, computers, astronauts, and an atmosphere polluted simultaneously with auto exhaust and TV commercials.” ~ John Fischer

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November 16, 2011 - Posted by | advice, computers, free software, how to, Microsoft, PC, software, tech, Windows 8 | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Win Patrol has been a part of my computing journey for a while. I do not compute without it and it has not failed me yet. I like to hear him bark. :) Hopeful I will get a Plus.

    Regarding the menu bar visible in explorer. Gotta have it. I cannot remember all the key combos. Just give me a menu choices. I will make the call.

    Thanks Paul Good tips and reminders.


    Comment by ebony | November 16, 2011 | Reply

    • ebony,
      Good to see you here again.

      Yes, WinPatrol is a definite Tech Paul Top 10 application.


      Comment by techpaul | November 16, 2011 | Reply

  2. Good Paul…U have Windows 8 up and running… much accomplished!
    Since I am a regular reader here …in the way of a “learning experience” I am trying to pay close attention to the “new/old stuff” you put here…trying to take the time to read and apply…( I don’t know much more than the basics of computers.)
    Thanks for the help you provide to we readers.


    Comment by Gaia | November 17, 2011 | Reply

  3. The Win8 I have doesn’t include a “Tools” menu, so the advice above doesn’t work. Is there a new way to perform the ‘restore menu bar’ action?


    Comment by roland | May 25, 2012 | Reply

    • roland,
      The vertical bars in the title was meant to separate topics.. so one topic was Windows 8, and another other – the menu bar. Sorry for any confusion.

      But, to your question, in Windows 8, as well as introducing the vile “Metro UI”, Microsoft has elected to change the command bars to The Ribbon. (First introduced to us in Office 2007.) The “menu bar” has been replaced by tabs.
      Please click here for an overview of the Win8 Explorer “ribbon”.

      I took Windows 8 off of my machine and will be sticking with Windows 7 on any non-touchsceen device. (There’s nothing in it I simply ‘must have’..)

      But, The Ribbon is being used on all Microsoft products now, so one does need to learn the ‘new’ way.. (2007 is ancient history in tech years).

      Those interested in getting a more normal look and feel in Win8 may want to read, Restore the Start Menu and disable Metro UI in Windows 8.
      (But if you do download/install the app, be sure you do not also install the registry cleaner..)


      Comment by techpaul | May 25, 2012 | Reply

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