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There are a couple different ways to restore your Internet Explorer address bar if it has disappeared.

My Internet Explorer address bar has disappeared! All I have is search bars from Google and Mywebsearch and Iwonsearch. How do I get it back???

You should be able to right-click on one of the remaining toolbars and select address bar again.

If that doesn't stick, I'd suspect one of those other search bars for being spyware (not Google's, though - Google's toolbar is good and I run it myself). I would run a spyware tool immediately.


Microsoft recently released this knowledgebase article: The Internet Explorer Address bar is missing.

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June 12, 2004 3:12 PM

my address bar disappeared, and when i right-click on the web search bar it shows the address bar already checked, and I need my address bar because it takes me directly to the site, unlike the search bar which doesn't. So I am not going to use the search bar until I have my address bar back right now! Because I have very important software to download from another site and I need my address bar NOW!!! got the picture! Thank You, and have nice day

computer helper
July 9, 2004 11:10 AM

My adress bar dissapeared also and i got it back by going to VIEW, TOOLBARS, place a check by ADRESS BAR then you should see in the top, right corner: Adress. right click it and un check LOCK THE TOOL BARS. Then you should see a thin line across the rest of the standard buttons, place the curser on it and moove it up and down untill you see a two sided erow then drag the thin line untill you see the adress bar. hope this works

July 29, 2004 6:14 PM

I finally got the address bar back, but lost all toolbar buttons, and I'm still trying how to figure out how to shut my system down without using CtrlAltDelete--and to get rid of a dialogue box that has a script error in it. I was told this link would take care of all those things---I've been dsealing with one version or another of this for at least a couple of months.
There has to be an answer!

July 29, 2004 7:32 PM

Your machine sounds fairly messed up. Have you run any anti-spyware software? That would be my first step.

Elizabeth Stevenson
September 5, 2004 2:16 AM

i just lost my address bar as well and for those how still have problems with it, i found a simplier way to get it back. sometimes, depending on wehre you right click it gives you the option of locking the toolbars. if you unlock them you can drag your address bar all the way across the screen or where ever you want it and relock it.

October 16, 2004 9:42 AM

I lost my address bar completely. There is no place to click at all that even gives me the option of unlocking it. There is nothing at the top of my browser page... I don't even have a file or view option. Please help!

October 16, 2004 9:27 PM

Is the Windows logo (flag) still up in the upper right corner? You can right-click on that.

Sunil Mathew
November 23, 2004 11:13 AM

1.Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
2. Locate the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar
3. Right-click the WebBrowser key, click Delete, and then click Yes.
4. Open Internet Explorer, click View, and then point to Toolbars. The toolbar default settings are restored.

February 7, 2005 5:55 PM

Thanx! I was confused at first but I figured it out!! TO ANYONE WHO IS CONFUSED: here's what u do..... 1- RIGHT click on the windows logo (A FLAG)i was left-clicking
2move line underneath down and you'll see the address bar!

craig fraser
March 13, 2005 3:43 AM

all you have to do is, right click the flag in the right hand corner.then click "lock the toolbars", so it doesnt have a tick next to it, and make sure the "address bar" has a tick. then if it doesnt show up, drag the part, where it say "address " under the flag and drag it over with the mouse. It worked for me.

March 14, 2005 3:20 PM

craig fraser is a genius!!! done of that .dll stuff! Thanx dude! If yur ever in Toronto, I'll buy you a beer!

Craig Fraser
March 17, 2005 12:57 PM

Thanks for that, I will hold you to it, but i am only 15 years old, so i have a few years to go, thanks.

June 16, 2005 9:55 AM

Thanx Fraser... I did exactly what u said to do, and it worked!... The first thing that I tried before I even thought to search the engine for an address disappearance was to restore my computer. I had just added a new program, and thought that this was the problem. After I did that and the problem was still there, I thought about searching the enigine for a solution. I found this page, and quickly did a Spyware check... I have 4 Spyware programs on my computer, and all of them found no Sypware to delete. Thanx again!

Mário Veríssimo
January 5, 2006 2:16 AM

Try This Microsoft Link resolution


July 3, 2006 5:36 AM

My adress bar dissapeared also and i got it back by going to VIEW, TOOLBARS, place a check by ADRESS BAR then you should see in the top, right corner: Adress. right click it and un check LOCK THE TOOL BARS. Then you should see a thin line across the rest of the standard buttons, place the curser on it and moove it up and down untill you see a two sided erow then drag the thin line untill you see the adress bar. hope this works

Posted by: computer helper at July 9, 2004 11:10 AM


Nick The Greek
December 7, 2006 2:37 PM

most times i've seen this .... move the cursor to just underneath the bar above where you would expect the address bar to be, like right on the bottom edge of it until you get an up and down arrow displayed where the cursor sign would normally be. left click and hold it down. drag the cursor downwards and then release the left mouse button. most likely, you had accidentally hidden the address bar, you should have just unhidden it .... don't feel bad, in 30 years as an IT technical person, i've made WAY stupider mistakes than this easy to do thingy. you could fart around with registry entries etc to your hearts content and you wouldn't fix this, but you won't do it again lol

S. Woods
June 29, 2007 6:08 AM

Try this.....
Have a web page the top of the screen under the headings: file, edit, view etc, there should be two different colors that has all that stuff and then the web page that you are on. Place your mouse in between the two sections. You should see your mouse turn to where there is an arrow at the top and an arrow at the bottom. Hold the mouse down when you see these two arrows and drag downward. Your address bar should appear again :-)

October 24, 2007 3:26 PM

press F11, or go to the top of the screen and if the bar appears, go:
Tools>Full Screen
and it should come back!!

October 25, 2007 9:03 AM

To change the Toolbar settings: 1. Start Internet Explorer, click View and then point to Toolbars.
2. If there is not a check mark next to Address Bar, click Address Bar to place the check mark. If there is a check mark next to Address Bar, click Address Bar to remove the check mark, and then click Address Bar to place the check mark.
3. If the Address bar is in the upper right corner and not available, right-click Address, and then click Lock the Toolbar to remove the check mark.
4. Click Address, and then drag the Address bar where you want it.

it fixed mine.

Kenko Black
February 29, 2008 11:11 AM

Thanks mate. Im in London, England. It worked 4 me.

Had problems ever since downloading Limewire. NEVER USE LIMEWIRE!!

October 19, 2008 2:15 AM

You right click somewhere near where the menu toolbar should be, then click menu bar. This will bring back FILE, EDIT, VIEW, FAVOURTIES, etc.

January 17, 2009 4:04 AM

if you right click near the adress bar when it appears click on customise command bar and go down the list till it says full screen and add it to the list.that should work.

March 4, 2009 8:37 PM

My address bar diappeared how do I get it back ?

I read the articles and they did help me get my
Address bar back up thanks !
I r-clicked on the flag (uper right corner") then
took of the "lock toolbars check" Then L-click on the address area and draged it to the leftside,
then went back and put the check back on the check the "Lock tool bars" thats it !
Now I got it back !
Thanks to all the blog and leo


March 31, 2009 11:51 AM

Try F11

April 17, 2009 8:20 PM

I read all your comments about how to get the internet exployer address bar back, but they did not help me because when I click on VIEW there is no "Address Bar" listed ! So what do I do now?

April 18, 2009 12:49 PM

Awesome, this totally helped me. Thanks for the great site Leo!

April 20, 2009 6:15 AM

Thank you soo much "sky" ... i was worried but it took me not time to get back my address bar with the help of your solution thank you ...

May 14, 2009 11:21 AM

I also do not have an address bar and do not have an option to click it in toolbar. I downloaded IE 8 when this problem occurred. Now trying to get rid of IE 8 and go back to 6.

June 7, 2009 8:49 PM

Thanks for the tips. It turns out my address bar was just hiding. By right clicking and sliding to the left it reappeared. I was able to drag it to its original place. If there are alot of buttons they tend to overlap each other. When you see the horizontal arrow you can slide them to hide or show them. Thanks everyone.

June 11, 2009 7:29 PM

it's my big problem now... i tried all your advice but i failed. the address bar in my window was lost, how can i get it back????

June 29, 2009 7:54 AM

hello. my address bar has not disappeared. but d websites that i have visited that used to b in d address bar has disappeared. every time i open Internet Explorer, i have to type in d web address that i want to visit.

August 26, 2009 5:34 AM

The suggestion from Robert re right click on the flag then .. etc. was the clearest- easier to figure it out from his. Worked great for me. thks.
To those who can't find the 'address bar'under view, it's a subfolder of 'toolbars'- put cursor over toolbars and voila...

August 29, 2009 12:16 AM

I also tried everything like Igcamp then I tried Robert's advice. What a SUPERSTAR! I've got it back and put it where I wanted it! Clever Boy :D

ramila dangol
October 3, 2009 12:43 AM

I am not able to get the place to type the internet explorer address.How can i get it back?

Lisa Flowers
October 9, 2009 9:44 AM

I have tried all of the items on here and I still cannot get my IE address bar back. I need the tools button.....PLEASE HELP

October 17, 2009 9:59 AM

I went under tools and de-selected "full screen" and problem solved.

November 3, 2009 4:02 PM

Thank you so much! The link you provided to Microsoft helped me fix my problem with the disappearing address bar in two mouseclicks.

November 27, 2009 2:47 PM

my address box hasnt dissapeared, but when im on the internet it like slides up so i have to move my mouse to the top of the screen and then it sort of slides down, so do you know how i can make it so it just always there?

December 1, 2009 9:39 AM

Simply click F11, if that doesn't work go to the tools menu and de-select fullscreen!

December 20, 2009 4:58 PM

my address bar has dissapeared too, & u tried wat answer-er said but i failed too....
how can i get it back?? i need to use google to searvch for it!! :(

Kathy Dozier
January 21, 2010 8:19 PM

thanks so much for the suggestion to fix my address bar it worked

February 17, 2010 3:46 AM

the F11 one works great scroll the mouse up to the toolbar and simply press F11

February 19, 2010 8:38 PM

my internet explorer address bar is disappear & i am unable to restore it.

February 23, 2010 6:52 PM

Thank you Natalie..worked like a champ :)

February 25, 2010 8:11 AM

Thanks alote Natalie.....u save my time

March 9, 2010 2:32 AM

Click "View" in the menu bar at the top of Internet Explorer. You will only need to do it once. A list will drop down. On that list you will select the menu "Toolbars" and on that file you will select "Address Bar" and it would be back. This will work on IE1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. If you have IE7 or 8 you cannot remove the toolbar.

March 11, 2010 5:13 AM

I caught my keyboard with my hand accidentally the other day and lost the address bar. Have been trying to get it back for days - so thanks for the F11 tip - it's back!

Jeff Guarino
March 17, 2010 9:34 AM

I did exactly what they say above, IE 8, "View" then "toolbars". There is no "Address Bar" to select, There is Menu,Favorites,Command,Status etc. but no address bar option. I find IE8 to be horrible and wish I did'nt upgrade from ie7. Java stopped working correctly, I can't remove the Favorites bar which eats up 1/2 inch of my screen, I have a search window in the upper right corner that I can't remove. When adding to the favorites a massive exploded view of all subfavorites opens up and gives me a headache trying to find the right spot to save your bookmark. It really stinks.

April 9, 2010 4:15 AM

I caught F11 key by mistake one day, took me ages to figure out how to get it all back -

April 21, 2010 8:58 AM

I need to get my internet explorer back on my laptop screen/task bar at the bottom.

Sandra Mury
April 22, 2010 10:02 AM

I have lost my address bar and Tools menu (FILE,
VIEW, EDIT, TOOLS,) Please tell me how to get it back. I am using WINDOWS XP

May 11, 2010 8:25 AM

yust go on tools and uncheck fullscreen and youll get your ie back.

May 22, 2010 7:10 PM

f11... who would of thought. I guess I must have hit it by mistake. I've been trying for 20 minutes to get this prob resolved and stumbled upon here and saw the f11 post and tried it and it worked. Yay!

June 8, 2010 6:49 PM

Thank you for the F11 tip. I was hitting a whole bunch of keys the other day and all of the sudden my toolbars were gone. Super annoying.

June 14, 2010 6:24 PM

F11 worked for me too! Thank you!

July 24, 2010 3:05 PM

omg thanks for th f11 it worked great:)

August 26, 2010 3:57 AM

i only have the tab bar nothing else i tried f11 it doesent work plzz help

September 18, 2010 6:00 AM

i have no (flag) in the right hand corner, i dont even have an option of lock the toolbars H E L P

pleaaasse :d


September 26, 2010 12:38 PM


November 11, 2010 5:44 PM

hi, i also not able to get back my address bar on internet explorer instead of following the given suggestion on this site. Is there any quick method to get back the address bar. and the question is that why did it go off/disappear????

December 2, 2010 7:41 PM

i love me some f11 =))) worked like a charm!

December 16, 2010 2:22 PM

I hit f11, then clicked on "view" at the top of the screen. From there, I went to toolbars, and checked "menu bar", "navigation toolbar", and "bookmarks toolbar". I hope that helps.

crystal hanton
January 14, 2011 11:49 AM

press f10

February 28, 2011 3:30 PM

Many thanks. F10 worked for me. It brought up the menu bar then 'view'/ 'toolbars'/ and 'navigation toolbar'.

Dianne McDonald
March 28, 2011 1:11 PM

I want my normal address bar back.. with a go icon and where my addresses stay on a list... please tell me how

June 1, 2011 1:18 PM

I have tried everything and can't get back my explorer toolbar! HELP!

Thanks in advance.

June 8, 2011 12:31 PM

thanks for all ur help i got it fixed and its bak up and running

August 10, 2011 3:16 PM

I can't even get my tool bars up. What do I do? Help!

August 26, 2011 9:27 AM

to get ur IE toolsbar back press the key F11

August 31, 2011 1:16 AM

Thanks Mimi - your advice worked. Just Press F11!

October 3, 2011 1:34 PM

OMG that was just too simple... right click on existing toolbars and bam that was all I needed. TYTYTYTYTY. Wish all the fixes were that easy!!!
December 13, 2011 11:13 PM

For some reason my address will not show, I desperatly need this for a funeral on Saturday can you please help. I have never had a prob before. Thank you in advance.Is there a cost for this?

Vivek Kapale
December 14, 2011 4:29 AM

I just followed your instructions and yyuppeeee.. ,it worked. MARVELLOUS

January 10, 2012 5:00 AM

hw du i get it back??i use mozilla firefox....i tried f11 bt din work,hw du i get my address bar back???plz help me..n my lappy workz on "windows vista"

January 10, 2012 7:32 AM

@indu Try this on Firefox:
Tap and hold the Alt key until Tools menu shows at top left of screen. Then select > View > Toolbars > and check > Navigation Toolbar. You'll see your navigation bar again.

January 30, 2012 11:00 AM

I am unable to remove Tab. in my serch engine. In have read it emerged w/ my Tattoo on FB. It is not visible in programs to remove. Can you assist?

That's not a program to remove, it's typically a browser addon or search engine. If you're running IE check out: How do I disable Internet Explorer add-ons?
February 17, 2012 10:39 PM

My navigation and address bars are missing for Internet Exploreo 8 . How do I get it back?

RUTH Thomas
March 9, 2012 8:47 PM

My address bar has disappeared on my mac desktop

Mark J
March 10, 2012 12:59 AM

Unfortunately Ask Leo's expertise is primarly in PCs, Windows, and general Internet or computing-related questions. Here are a couple of sources for Apple related questions.
Where to go for help with your Mac device of iOS
Mac Help for Mom

May 22, 2012 4:53 PM


If you mean where to download it from: go to and search there for internet explorer. They'll have a download page.
January 6, 2013 10:37 AM

l have a samsung gallexy tablet and i lost my search bar. How do i get it back

Michael Ma
January 21, 2013 8:05 AM

None of the suggestions work. Any other bright ideas Sherlock?

March 5, 2013 6:42 AM

how do I put my address bar at the top of the page.

William Gustavson
April 8, 2013 10:49 AM

Good job on getting my address bar back, it happened once before but I forgot how I got it back, possible a full scan. I ran a full scan this time but it did not bring back the address bar. I did what you said about tools, etc. and it worked! Thank you

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