How to Show Menu Bar in Microsoft Edge Chromium
One of the features Microsoft Egde lacks in the classic menu bar. Many users find it useful, and would be happy to have in this modern browser. Finally, it is now possible to have the proper menu bar in Microsoft Edge Chromium.
The stable version of Microsoft Edge Chromium is available to the public for a while. The browser has already received a few updates, with support for ARM64 devices in Edge Stable 80. Also, Microsoft Edge is still supporting a number of aging Windows versions, including Windows 7, which has recently reached its end of support. Check out Windows Versions Supported by Microsoft Edge Chromium. Finally, interested users can download MSI installers for deployment and customization.
Being based for the most popular browser product, Chromium, Edge is compatible with its extensions, and also has its own extension store. Extensions often can be used to add missing features and options to the bare-bones browser.
Proper Menubar is such an extension created specially for Microsoft Edge. It allows having a classic menu bar below the tab bar in the browser. Besides Egde, the extension is compatible with most of the Chromium based browsers, including Opera and Vivaldi.
Proper Menubar browser extension
Proper Menubar is a lightweight productivity add-on that adds a highly configurable menu with the browser options. Its toolbar is styled to look as a classic menu row, but also supports a number of options to customize its appearance, like color, available menu options, and so on.
The default menu includes traditional menu items like save a file, copy text, select text, settings, help, etc. Also it including a window-related options like minimize, maximize, quick access to dev tools, and many other options you may find useful. The menu bar can be moved to the top or bottom of the Edge window.
In addition, the extension can add a Google Product bar. It is a special menu with quick links to popular Google products. With this menu enabled, you can open YouTube, Gmail, Maps, Drive, Calendar, and more, with a single click. It is a good addition to the favorites bar of Edge.
The extension supports changing the background and color of the window.
There is a drop shadow visual effect for eye candy.
To Show Menu Bar in Microsoft Edge Chromium,
- Open Microsoft Edge.
- Navigate to the following page: Proper Menubar for Microsoft Edge.
- Click on the Get button next to extension's name.
- Confirm the extension installation.
- Congrats, you are having the classic menu bar in Microsoft Egde.
You are done.
Now, check out the available extension options and customize it according to your preferences.
Speaking about the menu contents, there is still room for improvements. The menu formed by the extension doesn't list bookmark items, and doesn't show your navigation history items. There are entries to open the bookmark manager, or open the full history page, but it is not possible to see specific entries in the menu. Here is how it looks:
This is likely to cause minor inconvenience to most users.
For pre-release versions, Microsoft is currently using three channels to deliver updates to Edge Insiders. The Canary channel receives updates daily (except Saturday and Sunday), the Dev channel is getting updates weekly, and the Beta channel is updated every 6 weeks. Microsoft is going to support Edge Chromium on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, alongside macOS, Linux (coming in the future) and mobile apps on iOS and Android.
Actual Edge versions
The actual versions of Edge Chromium at the moment of this writing are as follows:
- Stable Channel: 80.0.361.57
- Beta Channel: 80.0.416.12
- Dev Channel: 82.0.425.3
- Canary Channel: 81.0.432.0
You will find many Edge tricks and features covered in the following post:
Also, see the following updates.
- Add or Remove Share Button in Microsoft Edge
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- Edge Chromium Receives Extension Syncing
- Microsoft Announces Performance Boost In Edge Chromium Preview
- Edge 80 Stable Features Native ARM64 Support
- Edge DevTools Are Now Available in 11 Languages
- Disable First Run Experience in Microsoft Edge Chromium
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- Enable Collections in Microsoft Edge Stable
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- Windows Versions Supported by Microsoft Edge Chromium
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- Edge Chromium Won’t Automatically Install For Enterprise Users
- Microsoft Edge Receives New Customization Options for New Tab Page
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- Edge Chromium Extensions Web Site Is Now Opened for Developers
- Prevent Microsoft Edge Chromium From Installing via Windows Update
- Edge Chromium Receives Pin To Taskbar Wizard
- Microsoft Enables Collections in Canary and Dev Edge with Improvements
- Edge Chromium Has Got New Tab Page Improvements in Canary
- Edge Receives Colorful Title Bars for PWAs
- Microsoft Reveals How Tracking Prevention Works in Edge Chromium
- Edge Receives Tight PWA Integration with Windows Shell
- Edge Chromium Will Sync Your Extensions Soon
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- Edge Chromium Receives Full Screen Window Frame Drop Down UI
- Edge Chromium for ARM64 Devices is Now Available for Testing
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- Edge Chromium Stable Is Coming on January 15, 2020 With New Icon
- Microsoft Edge Gets a New Logo
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- Microsoft Gradually Gets Rid of Rounded UI in Edge Chromium
- Edge Now Allows Disabling Feedback Smiley Button
- Block Potentially Unwanted Apps For Downloads in Microsoft Edge
- Global Media Controls in Microsoft Edge Receive a Dismiss Button
- Microsoft Edge: New AutoPlay Blocking Options, Updated Tracking Prevention
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- Enable Extensions Menu Button in Microsoft Edge Chromium
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- Latest Microsoft Edge Canary Features Tab Hover Cards
- Microsoft Edge Now De-Elevates Itself Automatically
- Microsoft Details Edge Chromium Roadmap
- Microsoft Enables Global Media Controls in Microsoft Edge
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- Edge Canary Adds New InPrivate Text Badge, New Sync Options
- Microsoft Edge Chromium: Clear Browsing Data on Exit
- Microsoft Edge Chromium Now Allows Switching Theme
- Microsoft Edge: Support for Windows Spell Checker in Chromium Engine
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- Microsoft Edge Chromium Gets Tracking Prevention Settings
- Microsoft Edge Chromium: Change Display Language
- Group Policy Templates for Microsoft Edge Chromium
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- and more