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the Life of Zim

19th November
2009
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.

[EDIT]

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.

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28 Comments

  1. Beth
    18/11/2010

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

  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
    25/06/2011

    domo arigato gozaimasu! that was painful to find!

  5. barclay
    21/07/2011

    seriously, i am so glad you figured this out!

  6. 804jason
    22/11/2011

    VERY helpful post. Thank you!

  7. david
    09/01/2012

    Me too thanks

  8. Andrew
    10/01/2012

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

  9. 10/01/2012

    Thanks for the addition.

  10. John
    14/02/2012

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

  11. Steve
    09/03/2012

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

  12. Hikmatullah
    24/06/2012

    Thank you so much for the help.

  13. Bruce
    27/12/2012

    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
    04/01/2013

    That’s what civilized people do: make an effort to help others. Thank you so much!
    *** COMMENT EDITED FOR TROLL DUNG ***

  15. Melon
    25/01/2013

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

  16. Marco
    03/02/2013

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

  17. Daniel
    02/03/2013

    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
    26/07/2013

    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
    23/08/2013

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

  22. Joan
    24/10/2013

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

  23. Morshed
    12/12/2013

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

  24. joz
    07/01/2014

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

  25. Joe
    18/01/2014

    Ah, another life saved right over here.

  26. mt
    30/01/2014

    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
    07/03/2014

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

  28. Lisa
    31/03/2014

    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.

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