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Display the Thunderbird menus and toolbar

Whether or not the Thunderbird menu bar is displayed depends on your Operating System.

For Linux and Windows users, there are two cases:

  • For existing Thunderbird users, if the Menu Bar is missing, it is usually because it has been hidden accidentally.
  • For new Thunderbird users starting in any version of Thunderbird released in November 2012 or later, the Menu Bar is hidden by default.

For Mac users, it is not possible to hide the Menu Bar, so Mac users always see the Menu Bar.

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Hidden menu bar

If you're using any version of Thunderbird released in November 2012 or later, you now have a Menu button on the top right that takes the most common functions and puts them in one menu and by default for new Thunderbird users, the menu bar is hidden.

Menu Button
Menu Button Menu
  • To temporarily show the menu bar, just press the Alt key.
  • To temporarily show the menu bar, hit the F10 key
  • To have the Menu Bar shown all the time, right-click on an empty section of the Tab Strip and check Menu Bar in the pop-up menu.

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looking at the Search result summary of the article linked below, you will find the item History,

although that item is not listed in the main Thunderbird's interface.

"The menu items File, Edit, View, History etc. are located in the menu bar. This article will help you restore a missing menu bar".