How to Show Menu Bar in Microsoft Edge

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.

Edge 79 Stable WallpaperThe 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. Edge Proper Menu Bar

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.

Edge Proper Menu Bar Google Links

The extension supports changing the background and color of the window.

Edge Proper MenuBar Customization

There is a drop shadow visual effect for eye candy.

To Show Menu Bar in Microsoft Edge Chromium,

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Navigate to the following page: Proper Menubar for Microsoft Edge.
  3. Click on the Get button next to extension's name.Edge Install Proper Menubar Extension
  4. Confirm the extension installation.Edge Confirm Proper Menubar Extension Installation
  5. Congrats, you are having the classic menu bar in Microsoft Egde.Edge Menubar Extension Installed

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:

Edge Proper MenuBar Extension History MenuEdge Proper MenuBar Extension Bookmarks Menu

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.

Also check:

Microsoft Edge Roadmap: History Sync This Summer, Linux Support

Actual Edge versions

The actual versions of Edge Chromium at the moment of this writing are as follows:

You will find many Edge tricks and features covered in the following post:

Hands-on with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge

Also, see the following updates.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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