Menu bar missing

New Here ,
Feb 23, 2018 Feb 23, 2018

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Hi, I just installed Photoshop on my new Imac and the menu bar at the top is missing. I am new to this computer and haven't used creative cloud for a while. Any ideas on how to get my menu bar back? Thanks

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 23, 2018 Feb 23, 2018

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You may be referring to the Options Bar. If that is the case, go to Window and down at the bottom of the drop-down list click Options.

(The Menu Bar is at the very top of the screen and includes Window)

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New Here ,
Sep 12, 2019 Sep 12, 2019

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I'm having this issue, but since there is no menu bar, I can't go to "Window"

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 19, 2020 Sep 19, 2020

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I am having the same problem...

 

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New Here ,
Nov 11, 2020 Nov 11, 2020

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I don't know if you have got a fix already. This is how I fixed mine:

 

1. Create a new file with the "Create New" button on your left

2. When the workspace launches, on the topmost part, you will find the "Choose a Workspace" icon (Looks like a rectangle with the left border shaded-deep)

3. Click on it to toggle a dropdown menu

4. Find and click on reset Essentials.

 

That should restore the default Photoshop interface. Thank you!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 23, 2018 Feb 23, 2018

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Out of curiosity what version OSX and what version Photoshop?

There is only one case where the menu bar was missing in Photoshop: MacOS 10.13.0 (or perhaps .1) and Photoshop CS6.

CS6 is really not tested for 10.13 (High Sierra) and I remember that top menu bar missing until 10.13.2 on my Macbook Pro.

Make sure Photoshop and MacOS is up to date.

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New Here ,
May 23, 2020 May 23, 2020

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Hi,

I'm having this problem on my MacBook Air, macOS Catalina 10.15.4. There is no menu/option bar up right

Everything is up to date, latest Photoshop and latest software.

Any advice? Thanks

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 23, 2020 May 23, 2020

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Hi,

Could you please let us know what exactly is missing, Menu bar or Options Bar? Menu bar is where you see menu as File, Windows, View, etc and Options bar is where you see options to transform any objects.

 

Best regards

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New Here ,
Apr 02, 2018 Apr 02, 2018

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I'm not sure what happened but I opened photoshop today and my top and left side menu is gone.... how do I fix it? I tried using the F key to make it full screen and that did not work.... and its stuck on Font Mode at the top...

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New Here ,
Sep 12, 2019 Sep 12, 2019

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How did you resolve this? I'm having the same issue.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 12, 2019 Nov 12, 2019

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Hi. Have you managed to solve this issue? 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 17, 2019 Nov 17, 2019

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How did you resolve this issue?  Menu bar gone!   All tabs indicating different files, GONE!   

 

Need help!

 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 18, 2019 Nov 18, 2019

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Hi. 

I ended up contacting Adobe through website and the solved it for me, seemed 2010 version issues. 

They did access my laptop and went through all the sittings until it fixed, you may want to get in touch with them. 

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 21, 2019 Dec 21, 2019

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I was fine in 2019, now i have gone to 2020 my menu bar is gone too, any ideas?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 21, 2019 Dec 21, 2019

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Please show a screen shot so we can see what is going on. Also give the exact version of your OS and PS.

In the screen shot from @peashoe on April 2, 2018, there is an options bar. It’s for the Type tool and is waiting for the text to be committed by clicking the Checkbox.

~ Jane

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New Here ,
Jan 16, 2020 Jan 16, 2020

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I have not able to see my top menu bar either. I don't even have the exit, minimize, and full screen icons to the top right. I've tried the full screen mode using the F shortcut and I've tried the switching from one monitor only and back to two. I'm working on PS CC. I've just upgraded my hardrive on this computer (win 10) and so had to do fresh installs of the software. Since the new install, I have had this issue with PS only. I've tried uninstalling, rebooting, and reinstalling. Before the hardware upgrade and fresh software install (just a couple weeks ago) I was not having this issue.

 

 

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May 23, 2020 May 23, 2020

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Dec 29, 2020 Dec 29, 2020

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Hi, I wonder if this was resolved? I have had the same issue on Windows 10?

 

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 30, 2020 Dec 30, 2020

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The link from PECourtejoie has not helped. I am stuck. If anyone knows why the menu bar is not showing, and the exit , minimise and full screen icons are missing, please help?  I have Win 10 and have checked the graphics card is fine, the RAM is fine.I have uninstalled, rebooted and reinstalled and also tried with an older version. 

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New Here ,
May 23, 2020 May 23, 2020

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hi guys, Anyone had this problem on Mac? I just downloaded Photoshop on MacBook Air OS Catalina 10.15.4 and there is no manu bar up. there is no update available on adobe.

 

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May 23, 2020 May 23, 2020

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New Here ,
Sep 19, 2020 Sep 19, 2020

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I am having the same issue with both Illustrator and PS.  Is there a fix for this?  I work on a Mac and I just upgraded to Catalina.  How do I get the very top menu bar back?

 

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Jun 01, 2021 Jun 01, 2021

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So if you have a mac book, when you select the illustrator program your top bar on the mac desktop it self turns into illustrators file, edit, etc menu bar. So example if you're on safari right now on the very top of your screen (not your window page the actual top of the screen of the mac) it should be a picture of an apple, safari, file, edit, etc. When you select illustrator it should be a picture of an apple, the word illustrator, file, edit, object, etc. It took me so long to figure this out. 

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