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Are you missing the Chrome menu? Here's how to find it

If you are new to Chrome, you're probably missing the Chrome menu. Here is how to find it!
Are you missing the Chrome menu?

On some browsers like Internet Explorer 9, there are several helpful menu items such as Tools, View, File, Edit, etc. Each of them has submenus that allow you to do certain things. If you use Google Chrome, you might not know where to find the Chrome menu. However, by following a few simple steps, it is easy to find all the tools you need. In this article, you’ll learn how to:

  • Open the Google Chrome menu bar.
  • Find the tools menu in Google Chrome.
  • See the Chrome extensions you have installed
  • Install a new Chrome extension to add to your toolbar.
  • Enable the Chrome bookmarks bar.

How to open the Google Chrome menu

Follow the steps below to open the Chrome menu bar:

  1. Launch the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Ensure that you’re not using Google Chrome in the full-screen mode since it makes the toolbar disappear. The button to exit full-screen mode depends on your device. For Windows, it will either be Fn+F11 or just F11. For Mac, use the keyboard shortcut Shift+Command+F to exit full screen mode.
  3. On the top right corner of your Chrome browser window, you’ll notice three vertical dots. Click on that to open the drop-down menu. This is what many call the Chrome menu bar.
    Getting the drop-down menu on Chrome
    Click on the three vertical dots to open the menu in Google Chrome

Where do I find the tools menu in Google Chrome?

Now that you’ve opened the Chrome menu, the next step is to locate the tools sub-menu.

  1. Towards the middle of the Chrome menu you just opened, you’ll see the option More Tools. Select that to open up a sub-menu.
  2. From this Chrome tools menu, you can click on Extensions to go to the Chrome extensions that are currently installed in your browser.
  3. You can go directly to your extensions by entering chrome://extensions/ in the address field of your browser.

Find my Chrome extensions and display tools on the toolbar

There are many browser extensions that add toolbars and individual tools to Chrome. So, from the Extensions page, you can enable the missing tools.

  1. Entering chrome://extensions/ in the Chrome address field to go to the Extensions page.
  2. On this page, find the tool you want to display on the toolbar. If you’re unable to find the right tool, then you might have to reinstall that Chrome extension, or find another extension with that tool.
  3. Enable the tools you want to display on the toolbar: Toggle the switch at the bottom right of each extension to blue to enable that extension.
Toggle the extensions you want in your toolbar
Toggle the extensions you want to include on your Chrome toolbar.

Find more Chrome extensions to add tools to the toolbar

  1. Go to the Chrome web store.
  2. Browse or search for the tools and extensions you want to install.
  3. When you find the one you want, click on Add to Chrome to install and enable it.
    Chrome menu - add a new extension and tools
    Chrome menu - add a new extension and tools

Enable the bookmarks bar in Chrome

You can display an extra useful toolbar in Google Chrome - the bookmarks bar.

  1. Open the Chrome menu using the three vertical dots.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
    Chrome menu - show the bookmarks bar
    Enable the bookmarks bar in Chrome via the Chrome menu
  3. Finally, click on Show Bookmarks Bar. The bookmarks bar is displayed directly underneath the search bar.
    Chrome menu - bookmarks bar
    Chrome menu - bookmarks bar
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