How to Restore the Address Bar

By Leonardo R. Grabkowski

A missing browser address bar can be frustrating; without it, you'll be unable to type website URLs or determine which website you are visiting. A missing browser address bar can be a problem in both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox; however, the procedure to restore the address bar is different, due to the different options and features of each Web browser. If using Internet Explorer, try the simpler method before attempting to fix the problem through your registry.

Restoring the Address Bar in Internet Explorer

Step 1

Click \"View\" on the Internet Explorer menu. Select \"Toolbars\" and look next to \"Address Bar.\"

Step 2

Select \"Address Bar\" if there is not a check next to it. This will restore the Internet Explorer address bar. If there is already a check next to it, click on it to remove the check, and then select \"View>Toolbars\" again. Select \"Address Bar\" to restore the feature. If this does not work, you'll need to restore the Toolbar default settings in the registry.

Step 3

Click \"Start,\" and then \"Run.\" Type \"regedit\" into the Run command box. If you are using Windows Vista, you can type \"regedit\" into the Start menu search box.

Step 4

Navigate to this folder on the left sidebar: \"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Toolbar.\"

Step 5

Right click \"WebBrowser\" on the right side of the display. Select \"Delete.\" This will restore the Internet Explorer toolbar defaults and bring back the address bar.

Restoring the Address Bar in Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Click \"View\" on the Mozilla Firefox control panel (top part of the browser window).

Step 2

Scroll over \"Toolbars\" and then click \"Navigation Bar\" to restore the address bar. If this does not work, you can restore the defaults to bring back the address bar.

Step 3

Click on \"View>Toolbars\" and select \"Customize.\" Click on \"Restore Default Set\" to bring back the address bar.