How to view the menu bar in Firefox for Windows 10 or Linux

Firefox logo on a purple background

You are probably familiar with working from the hamburger menu in Mozilla Firefox. But, if you want to see the old-school menu bar (with File, Edit, View, and more) at the top of the Firefox window, you have a few options. These work in both Firefox for Windows 10 and Firefox on Linux.

Using “Alt” to quickly view the menu bar

First, open Firefox, any window will do. If you need to quickly access an option on the menu bar, press the Alt key on your keyboard. The menu bar will appear at the top of the current Firefox window and will stay there until you make a selection or click elsewhere.

An example of menu bars in Firefox on Windows 10.

When it is visible, you will see seven menu options: File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks, Tools, and Help. Some of the menu bar tasks you can perform (such as File> Work Offline, File> Email Link, or Edit> Select All) are not available in the hamburger menu, so it’s good to know where to look if cannot find a feature.

When you finish making a selection, or if you click anywhere else, the menu will disappear again.

How to always show the menu bar in Firefox

If you want to keep the Firefox menu bar open all the time, there is a way to do it too. Start Firefox and right-click on the tab bar at the top of any window, then put a check mark next to “Menu Bar” on the menu that appears.

In Firefox, right-click on the tab bar and check next to "Menu bar."

Alternatively, you can open the hamburger menu and choose “Custom.” On the “Customize Firefox” tab, click the “Toolbars” button near the bottom of the page and check “Menu Bar” from the menu that appears.

On the Customize tab in Firefox, click the "Toolbars" button and select "Menu bar."

After that, close the “Customize Firefox” tab, and the menu bar will always be visible from now on. If you ever want to hide the menu bar again, just right click on the menu bar and uncheck “Menu bar”. Happy browsing!


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