I have mostly been using ArcGIS Pro lately and I went back to an old map in ArcMap 10.8 for the first time in a while and the menu bar and tool bars are missing.

top left corner of ArcMap screen

I can't find them and I have no idea what happened. I reinstalled ArcMap hoping that would restore the defaults.

Can anyone tell me how to bring them back?

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A single toolbar was undocked and floating behind another window, found it by closing everything else on my machine. I right clicked the header of the floating toolbar, which brought up the toolbar customization menu.

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Then I selected all the missing toolbars, docked them and arrange them how I prefer.

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I am still not sure how this happened, but am glad it was simple enough to resolve.


Had the same problem after restart my computer for updates, but I Didn't found any undocked and floating toolbar in order to solve it as you did.

I fixed it by resetting ArcMap to its default settings - I did it by renaming the normal.mxt file (which stores user interface customizations). I located The file in the "AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.x\ArcMap\Templates" folder, and renamed it to "normal.mxt.old". Then, I restarted ArcMap, and the toolbars were displayed.

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