the Life of Zim

19th November
written by dzimney

So I’m in Adobe Acrobat today and find that my regular toolbars aren’t present. Naturally, I go to the view menu and begin selecting items that I think may be the correct set of tools that I’m looking for. The first item to grab my attention in the View menu is “Menu Bar”. So I select the item and what happens? The system menubar is no longer available along with my dock. I’m not talking about any of the toolbars in the Acrobat. I’m talking about the Menubar that lists (Apple Menu), Acrobat, File, Edit, View, etc. Now how do I get my menu back? I have no idea because I just hid the way I made it go away.

You would think ‘esc’ might bring things back similar to when in Fullscreen view, but nope. Frustrating. After doing some research online I found the hotkey to bring back the Menubar. So to help anyone else to have this issue,

the default hotkey to bring back the Menu Bar is: Shift+Command+M

Hope this helps someone. And thanks again, Adobe, for your flawless user experience.


on Windows

From a comment below, posted by Andrew:

F9 toggles the menu bar off and on in windows (acrobat 8 pro)

on OS X Lion

Thanks to commenter John:

F8 (Fn+F8) toggles the menu in Mac OS X Lion for Adobe Acrobat Pro 8.



  1. Beth

    Thank you so much!! that is exactly what happened to me too!
    Thanks!! U R a life saver!!

  2. 22/12/2010

    Man… You would have thought that after a year and multiple updates Adobe would have figured it would be useful to make it easier for users to get their menu back… Apparently they didn’t!

    Thanks for the tip!

  3. 15/03/2011

    Ditto, thanks mate.

  4. chris

    domo arigato gozaimasu! that was painful to find!

  5. barclay

    seriously, i am so glad you figured this out!

  6. 804jason

    VERY helpful post. Thank you!

  7. david

    Me too thanks

  8. Andrew

    F9 toggles the menu bar off and on in windows (acrobat 8 pro)

  9. 10/01/2012

    Thanks for the addition.

  10. John

    F8 (Fn+F8) toggles the menu in Mac OS X Lion for Adobe Acrobat Pro 8.

  11. Steve

    Phew. As remarkable as Adobe’s stupidity was my own. Thanks.

  12. Hikmatullah

    Thank you so much for the help.

  13. Bruce

    Yep.. life saved. I thought I’d tried all F keys.. ridiculous that Alt F doesn’t even bring up File menu once you’ve hidden the Menu bar, and you just have to guess F9.

  14. Andre

    That’s what civilized people do: make an effort to help others. Thank you so much!

  15. Melon

    Ah, Shift-Command-M! Obviously. What was I thinking?!
    Cheers for posting this.

  16. Marco

    I solved the problem in less than a minute… thank you so much guys!

  17. Daniel

    What about for a macbook? I’ve hidden the menu bar in adobe reader and I can’t get it back!

  18. 01/07/2013

    thanks. Why is it, with every update of acrobat, they have to change how it works. Also where is preflight now?

  19. 13/07/2013

    TIME—and LIFE— Saver!!!

    Thank you!!!

  20. 4mla1fn

    sweet. thanks. i believe one reason software publishers can be so sloppy with user design is because of user-user support like this. imagine how overwhelmed they’d be if people (like in the old days) had to *call* tech support. :)

  21. simona

    VERY helpful post. Thank you all! I was in trouble too, you save me!!! :)

  22. Joan

    Extremely helpful post. It’s something that I’ve been trying to figure out for a very long time. Thanks

  23. Morshed

    I was struggling with the same problem. Thanks so much for the help.

  24. joz

    ah legend. best post. simple instruction. F9 the answer.

  25. Joe

    Ah, another life saved right over here.

  26. mt

    WOW. Thanks for posting this. I was afraid I might throw my computer out the window and then try to find and harm the person who designed Acrobat.

  27. Doug DuBosque

    Great tip—thanks! I agree with Melon: how could I have not thought of something so intuitive and obvious?

  28. Lisa

    Thanks so much… for MacBook Pro or other Apple device running Bootcamp Windows click “fn” key and F9 at the same time. Acrobat Pro 9.

  29. ian

    If F9 does not fix it for you, you may have the Function Lock on.
    Try the key to the right of the F12 key.

  30. Faye

    Thanks, your answer was such a timesaver. In a rush and hit something and it went away. Needed the menu immediately. Thanks again!

  31. m

    haha thank you!

  32. meteor

    F9 also for Adobe Reader 9 (acroread) for Linux. Thanks!

  33. Mary

    I join the chorus — thanks so much!

    Also, does anyone know how to change the type properties in the text box tool?

  34. Morgan

    Thank you!!!

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