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[Fix] Chrome Menu Bar Missing? Where Does it Go?

By FonePaw | Jan 26 , 2018

Recently, quite a number of people have encountered a weird Chrome problem - Chrome Menu Bar is missing somehow on Windows and Mac computers. This button is originally a "┇" icon with a drop-down menu unfolded when you click it. However, many found this menu button missing somehow.


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Is the menu icon is really gone in Chrome? Where to find it? How to access it again? As a frequently-used button, the missing Chrome Menu bar is making nuisances. Here list 7 feasible solutions to get you out of trouble. Please check them out.


Solution 1: Click the Rightmost Icon in Chrome
Solution 2: Update Your Chrome to Latest
Solution 3: Close and Restart Your Computer
Solution 4: Use "chrome://settings/" Instead
Solution 5: Remove Incompatible Extensions
Solution 6: Reinstall Google Chrome


Solution 1: Click the Rightmost Icon in Chrome

In fact, the "┇" icon is turning into a red/green/orange circle with an exclamation mark or white up-arrow in it. Many think that this is one of the extensions and results in a confusion that the Chrome Menu bar is missing. If you find an unfamiliar circle on the rightmost, it's actually the menu button. Why would it be like that? That's because it's prompting that Chrome is needing an update or a fix.


Check the Rightmost Icon


Solution 2: Update Your Chrome to Latest

If you're seeing a red, green or orange circle instead, that means your Chrome is outdated and needs to be upgraded to the latest version. After the update, the Chrome will be offering a better user experience and the menu button will be back. If the menu bar is truly missing, you can type "chrome://settings/help" in the address bar to see whether there is an update available.


Update Your Chrome


Solution 3: Close and Restart Your Computer

Or, try to force quit Google Chrome and restart your computer. For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP, press and hold down "Control", "Alt", and "Delete" keys together to launch Task Manager. For macOS X/Sierra/High Sierra, press and hold down "Command", "Option", and "Escape" keys at the same time to launch the "Force Quit" window.


Close Chrome


Solution 4: Use "chrome://settings/" Instead

If you want to access and change settings in Chrome but find no menu bar, you might as well use "chrome://settings/" instead. Just type "chrome://settings/" in the address bar and click the "Enter" key to direct to the settings page.


Access Chrome Settings


Solution 5: Remove Incompatible Extensions

The Chrome Menu button missing issue may be caused by an incompatible extension. If the problem occurs after you install an extension lately, just remove it. Or, use the incognito window for help. If you can see the Menu bar in the incognito window, that means a faulty extension must be responsible for the issue. You can press "Shift" and "Escape" keys to launch Task Manager in Chrome and then end the process of a possible extension to check whether the problem is resolved.


Remove Incompatible Extensions


Solution 6: Reinstall Google Chrome

Another possible workaround is to reinstall Google Chrome on your Win or Mac. This solution works for many people on Google Support forum. Therefore, you should really give it a shot.


Update Chrome


Hope these solutions help you out. Thanks for your reading. If you like this post, why not share it with your friends? Leave your comments below if you have better ideas in mind.

  • Alan

    Hello and thank you.

    New PowerSpec 1510 notebook… could not find Chrome Portable setup link (3 dots).

    I utilized chrome://settings/ per instructions… created a shortcut… and now all is well.

    Thank you for a clear and well detailed article!

    ~ Alan

  • CrazyDutchwoman

    I did not know that most right button would bring me back to the menu. I clicked update and my chrome is as it should be. The 3 dots are back again. Thanks so much.

    • Jette Thrane

      I just wasted time on this exact issue. The three-dot icon turning into something completely different. That is not userfriendly, to say the least.

  • Thomas Adams

    I found the problem was when I bought new laptops using old VGA or dvi cables to the monitor and you had to use a dongle, because the computer video ports were only hdmi or display port. Never-the less, the fix is hit the f11 key to go full screen and then hit it again to go back and resolve the issue.

    So – hitting F11 key 2 times – fixes it.*****

    • Bebe Harmon

      Thank you for that! What a pain it’s been and that’s an easy fix, nothing else worked for me.

    • Toby K

      Genius! In my case, on a toshiba laptop with hdmi-dvi cable, the top of the window would simply vanish – the tabs and most of the address/icon bar. bookmarks bar was still there but no way to access controls along the top. I wish I knew that causes it. Thank you!!!

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  • Passionate Pragmatist

    I can’t find any help here or any where else to get my Menu Bar back in Chrome for Windows 7 Professional. The file is no longer in the Chrome Store. One minute it was there and the next it was gone.

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