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Explorer bar cannot be displayed

  1. #1


    Posts : 185
    W10 Pro/W8.1 Pro/ W7 Ult

    Explorer bar cannot be displayed


    The explorer bar disappeared and could not be restored. I did View --> Explorer bars --> Favorites. What could be wrong?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 328
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    If talking about the ribbon bar : Right Click on View > Uncheck Minimize the Ribbon.
    Windows Explorer - Minimize the Ribbon in Windows 8

    If talking about the adress bar : You need to unlock the toolbar, then drag the adress bar back
    If this is a PC where Group Policies are applied then the adress bar can be disabled/enabled via GPC.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 185
    W10 Pro/W8.1 Pro/ W7 Ult


    Quote Originally Posted by oneeyed View Post
    If talking about the ribbon bar : Right Click on View > Uncheck Minimize the Ribbon.
    Windows Explorer - Minimize the Ribbon in Windows 8

    If talking about the adress bar : You need to unlock the toolbar, then drag the adress bar back
    If this is a PC where Group Policies are applied then the adress bar can be disabled/enabled via GPC.
    Thanks for your reply.
    My question is about Internet Explorer. Presently there is no left side pane where the favorites are displayed.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 328
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    Did you unlock the toolbar ? Right click on it then uncheck lock the toolbars.
    The favorites pane can be enabled via the star button (top right, next to adress bar)
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  5. #5


    Posts : 185
    W10 Pro/W8.1 Pro/ W7 Ult


    Quote Originally Posted by oneeyed View Post
    Did you unlock the toolbar ? Right click on it then uncheck lock the toolbars.
    The favorites pane can be enabled via the star button (top right, next to adress bar)
    That solved the problem. Thank you very much for your help.
    It is sort of puzzling that I never had this problem even though I used IE for so many years.
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  6. #6


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    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Probably because they moved the Favorites from the left side to the right side. That confuses a lot of people.
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  7. #7


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    W10 Pro/W8.1 Pro/ W7 Ult


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Probably because they moved the Favorites from the left side to the right side. That confuses a lot of people.
    My IE is version 10 and the Favorites bar comes on the usual left side. Is it version 11 as shown on oneeyed's post?
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by churin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Probably because they moved the Favorites from the left side to the right side. That confuses a lot of people.
    My IE is version 10 and the Favorites bar comes on the usual left side. Is it version 11 as shown on oneeyed's post?
    Maybe there is a confusion about the word 'favorites bar'. I was talking about the favorites like in the picture - which btw you can move to the left with the little green arrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by churin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Probably because they moved the Favorites from the left side to the right side. That confuses a lot of people.
    My IE is version 10 and the Favorites bar comes on the usual left side. Is it version 11 as shown on oneeyed's post?
    Maybe there is a confusion about the word 'favorites bar'. I was talking about the favorites like in the picture - which btw you can move to the left with the little green arrow.
    I meant "Explorer bar" instead as stated on my thread starter post. The explorer bar is an area where a list of favorites or folders are shown. The explorer bar is on the *right* side on oneeyd's post which I have never seen before.

    Getting back to my original problem. That problem has been solved as previously reported. But now I am seeing the same problem on another machine. This time it appears that I am unable to turn on the Explorer bar even the check mark on "Lock the tool bar" is removed.
    I noticed that IE is hijacked by a malware so I unintalled it but the problem remains.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 660
    windows 8.1


    Try to remove the malware with a anti-malware programme, like Malwarebytes (Freeware).
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