How to Minimize Toolbars

Updated February 21, 2017

Toolbars are rows of icons that run across the top or side of programs in the Windows operating system. For example, your Web browser toolbar has your "Refresh" and "Back" buttons, among others. Minimising toolbars must occur within the main program window, but often is accomplished in one of a few similar ways, no matter what program you're actually using.

Right-click on your taskbar. If the toolbar you are trying to minimise is located on your task bar, select the "Toolbars" option from the task bar menu and click the name of the tool bar you want to minimise. For example, if you want to minimise the "Address" toolbar, click its name to automatically minimise it and hide it from view.

Right-click on the toolbar itself, if your tool bar is at the top of a program window. In the Internet Explorer Web browser, right-click at the top of the screen to pull up a list of toolbars that are currently enabled. Click the name of the toolbar you want to minimise.

Click "View" at the top of your program window. If you were unable to minimise your toolbar using the methods in "Step 2," click "View" and look for a "Toolbars" or similarly titled menu option. Clicking this icon will reveal your installed toolbars, and clicking on the name of a tool bar will minimise it.

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