How to Recover a Lost Tool Bar in Windows Outlook Express

Written by erin mcmanaway
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to Recover a Lost Tool Bar in Windows Outlook Express
(Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Windows Outlook Express is a client program that allows you to send and receive e-mail from an Internet e-mail server. The Outlook Express toolbar contains the buttons that allow you to control the email client and perform different functions, such as creating new mail, deleting old mail and checking the server for incoming mail. Sometimes, you can accidentally click on the client window and shut down the Outlook Express toolbar and close it. If re-enabling the tool bar the normal way does not work, you can also edit the computer’s registry to allow the toolbar to show up.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Launch the Outlook Express mail client on your computer.

  2. 2

    Right-click anywhere along the top bar of the client’s window. A menu should appear next to your mouse cursor.

  3. 3

    Click on the “Show Toolbar” option to place a check mark next to it. This will enable your Outlook Express toolbar.

  4. 4

    Click the “Show text on toolbar buttons” if there is not a check mark next to the option. This will allow text to display on your Outlook Express toolbar.

  1. 1

    Close the Outlook Express mail client.

  2. 2

    Click on the “Start” button and choose “Run” from the Start menu.

  3. 3

    Type “regedit” into the text box and press the “Enter” key on your keyboard. This will launch the computer’s registry.

  4. 4

    Open the registry key “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities{(Your Windows Username)}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express(Outlook Express version number)” in the left pane. Information about the registry key should appear in the right pane of the window.

  5. 5

    Double-click the “Browser Bands” entry in the right pane to bring up a new window.

  6. 6

    You should see several columns of data in the “Value data” box. If the number in the sixth column is “00,” you will need to change this to “03” or “04” to make the toolbar appear.

  7. 7

    Click “OK” to save the changes to the registry.

  8. 8

    Launch Outlook Express to ensure the toolbar has returned.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not edit anything in your computer’s registry that you are uncertain about. Editing the registry incorrectly could cause issues with programs on your computer.

Don't Miss

  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.