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Why is the Toolbar Not Showing in Google Chrome?

Why is my toolbar not showing in Google Chrome?

Your toolbar may not be showing in Chrome because of a virus, the “Show bookmarks bar” is disabled in Chrome or because you have hidden the toolbar in Chrome.

  • Malware in the browser
  • “Show bookmarks bar” option disabled
  • Errors in Chrome
  • Menu bar disabled
  • Problems with Chrome extension
  • The toolbar is hidden in Chrome


How to get the toolbar to show on Google Chrome?

You can get the toolbar to show on Chrome by toggling the full-screen mode, enabling the extension toolbar, running a virus scan or enabling bookmarks options. If the problem persists, try uninstalling and installing Chrome back on your computer.


Follow the detailed procedure given below to try out each of these solutions to get the toolbar to show on Chrome.

To toggle the full-screen mode on your PC, press the F11 key on the keyboard. If you are using a Mac, bring the cursor to the top-left corner of the screen. When two signals, red and green, appear on the screen, click the green circle to exit the full-screen mode.

  1. To enable the extension toolbar, open Chrome on your computer or laptop.
  2. Click the three dots present in the top right corner of the browser window.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select the “More tools” option and then click “Extensions”.
  4. Click the extensions that you would like to enable and flip the switch to turn them ON.
  5. Enable the menu bar extension.


You may run a virus scan through your computer and browser to spot the presence of malware. Viruses often cause problems with the toolbar not showing in the browser.

If fixing the bugs doesn’t solve your problem, you can uninstall the browser and reinstall it.

To enable the “Show bookmarks bar” option, open the Chrome browser on your laptop or PC. Click the three dots on the top right corner of the browser screen. Click the “Bookmarks” option and then select the “Show bookmarks bar” option to enable the bookmarks bar on the window.


Toolbar not showing in Google Chrome


How do I keep the menu bar from disappearing in Chrome?

You can prevent the menu bar from disappearing in Chrome by using the normal mode instead of full-screen mode or by keeping the “Show bookmarks bar” option turned ON.

You can also try restoring the menu bar from the “Extensions” menu, keeping Chrome updated to its latest version or removing the incompatible extensions from the “Extensions” menu.

  • Use the Normal mode
  • Keeping the Show Bookmarks bar option ON
  • Restoring menu bar from Extensions
  • Updating Chrome to the latest version
  • Removing incompatible extensions


Browse in normal mode

Browsing in full-screen mode only works when you are watching videos. Other than that, the menu bar is very important to navigate within the tabs and to use options of the menu bar. So if you want to keep the menu bar from disappearing in Chrome, browse only in the normal mode.

If you have somehow entered the full-screen mode, you can simply exit the full-screen mode by pressing the “Esc” or “F11” key.


Enable the Bookmarks

To keep the menu bar from disappearing from the Chrome browser window, always keep the “Show bookmarks bar” option enabled. When you disable this option, it hides away the bookmarks tab along with the menu bar in some cases.


To show the bookmarks bar in Google Chrome:

  1. Go to the “Bookmarks” option that appears when you click the three dots.
  2. From the context menu that appears on the screen, click the “Show bookmarks bar” option to enable it.


Restore menu bar from “Extensions” menu

Sometimes, the menu bar may be disabled in the “Extensions” for Chrome. This can be the reason for the menu bar disappearing again and again from the Chrome browser window.


To keep the menu bar from disappearing:

  1. Click the three dots on the upper right corner
  2. Select the “More tools” option.
  3. Go to “Extensions”
  4. Turn ON the toggle switch in front of the menu bar option. The switch will turn blue on restoring the menu bar.


Update Google Chrome

When there is a red, green, or orange signal in Chrome, it indicates that the version of Chrome you are using is outdated. Sometimes, the menu bar disappears when you use an outdated version.

If your menu keeps disappearing in Chrome, make sure your Chrome browser is updated.

Updating Chrome will prevent the menu bar from disappearing in addition to providing a smooth and better browsing experience.

To update Chrome, open the browser and click the three dots present at the top right corner of the window. If there is a pending update for Chrome, you will see the icon in red, green, or orange color.

The red color means that the update for Chrome was released a week ago. The orange-colored icon means that the update came out four days ago and the green color represents an update that was released just two days ago.

To update the Chrome browser, after clicking on the three dots, click the “Update Google Chrome” option. Once the browser finishes updating, click the “Relaunch” button to launch the latest version of Google Chrome.

If you don’t see an option for the update, it means that you are already using the latest version of Google Chrome.


Remove incompatible extensions

If you have recently enabled some extensions in your Google Chrome browser and the menu bar has disappeared from the window, the extension may be incompatible. When you add incompatible extensions to your browser, the menu bar goes missing very often.

You can identify the extensions as a problem by checking if the menu bar appears in the incognito mode. If it appears in private mode but doesn’t appear in normal mode, then it is the problem of an incompatible extension.


To ‘end’ the faulty extensions:

  1. Press the “Shift” and “Esc” keys simultaneously to launch the “Task Manager”.
  2. In the “Task Manager” window, you will see the list of programs running in your browser. You can simply click on the faulty extension and end it.


Run frequent anti-virus scans

If there is malware in your computer, your browser may start acting weird and cause problems like the menu bar disappearing from the Chrome browser window. So, it is important to run anti-virus scans frequently to spot the presence of viruses or any other malware.

It’s not only important for the browser to work normally but also essential to ensure the protection of confidential data stored in computers.

Ernie Lo

Ernie Lo is a qualified web designer and web developer. He works as an IT support technician and website manager at Benleigh Vending, and he also fixes vending machines.

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