The menus at the very top of the window in Google Docs provide you with the means to adjust the settings and formats of your document. Referred to as the controls, these menu options, including File, Edit, View, Insert, Format, Tools, Table, Add-ons and Help, are an important element of the application that allow you to customize the document as needed.
However, it is possible for these controls to be hidden, or compacted, to make more of the document visible on the screen. If you have compacted the controls, either on purpose or by accident, then the steps below will show you how to restore them to view.
How to Restore File, Edit, View, etc. in Google Docs
The steps in this article were performed in the Web-browser version of the Google Docs application. These steps assume that you are currently unable to see the row of menus at the very top of the screen, including options such as File, Edit, View, Format, etc. By following these steps you will restore those menu options so that they are visible.
Step 1: Go to Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive and open a Google Docs file.
Step 2: Click the two downward-facing arrows at the top-right corner of the window. Note that you can also unhide these menu options by pressing Ctrl + Shift + F on your keyboard.
You can hide these menus again in the future by clicking the arrows at the top-right of the window again (though they are upward-facing when the File menus are visible) or by clicking the View menu and choosing the Compact controls option.
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