In top menu bar, I accidentally selected to hide that top menu bar ("File", "Help", etc).

As the bar has disappeared, I now cannot access the option to show it again. Not very thought through in my opinion.

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How do I show it again? My version is 5.0.4r.

  • Which VirtualBox window are you referring to? Which software version are you running? – a CVn Feb 8 '17 at 12:29
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    Try RightCtrl + C – jcbermu Feb 8 '17 at 12:32
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    @jcbermu That hides even the bottom menu. – Tomáš Zato - Reinstate Monica Feb 8 '17 at 12:35

Open virtual machine's settings, then User Interface page. Check this box:

Screenshot of VM settings window on User Interface page, with an arrow pointing to a checkbox on the top toolbar

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    As a side note, if the manager is not open, then the settings can be accessed by the shortcut Host+S, where Host is by default the right control key. – NK1406 Nov 10 '19 at 20:57
  • This was not useful for me. I ended up pressing right ctrl + all the letters starting from left to right on the keyboard until I figured out one that changed the display mode. VirtualBox is such a piece of crap. – theMayer Mar 20 at 13:11
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    @theMayer would you be so kind to say which which key? – mockingjay Apr 6 at 13:56
  • Unfortunately this does not work (anymore) on macOS. – wedi May 20 at 12:52

You can access the menu while the VM is running by RightCTRL + Home. It will pop up as a contextual menu through which you will be able to reactivate the display of the menu.

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    This method is definitely the quickest. – NK1406 Nov 10 '19 at 20:50
  • for me by default it is not RightCtrl, but RightAlt+Home. Actually in status line it is shown at the very right. Also the modifier key can be set in VirtualBox Preferences / Input / Virtual Machine / Host Key Combination – avp Jan 18 at 22:21
  • This worked for me, none of the other methods have. – Michael Elliott Apr 17 at 7:05

Temporary removing of %USERPROFILE%/.VirtualBox folder with

mv %USERPROFILE%/.VirtualBox %USERPROFILE%/.VirtualBox_old

and starting a virtualbox from scratch allowed to solve the issue with the help of

hotkeys(Host+C & Host+Home, where Host=Right Ctrl)

from this tooltip

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  1. Just move the .VDI file out of the folder made by VirtualBox (otherwise you will delete it by mistake)
  2. Go to the VirtualBox manager program and delete the profile made for the virtual operating system by right click on its icon and selecting delete all
  3. Try to recreate the virtual box but this time use existing .vdi file and the rest just same.
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  • Why would I do this instead of re-enabling the toolbar in settings? – gronostaj Jul 26 '19 at 7:06

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