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Windows 11 tips: How to bring back Windows 10's context menus

Windows 11 has reduced the options that you see when using the right-click context menu. If you prefer all the options from the old Windows 10 content menu, here’s how you can bring it back in no time.

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 21:03 IST
Windows 11 Context Menu
Windows 11 tips: If you prefer the older context menu, you can enable it again on Windows 11. Here's how to enable the feature.  (Microsoft )

Windows 11 arrived a day ahead of schedule on October 4, and users have been busy updating their systems to the latest version over the past couple of days. The new Windows 11 update comes with many changes to the operating system, some of them visible to users while more performance and security improvements are under the hood. Along with redesigned Windows 11 system themes, Microsoft also gave several system apps a fresh coat of paint, along with a new redesigned right-click context menu.

The new redesigned right-click menu, or context menu, is a stripped-down version of the Windows 10 menu that is much more simplified. That means that users who are running Windows 11 for the first time (or have switched from a Mac) might not have an issue, but long time Windows users will miss the context menu from Windows 11's predecessor. If you prefer the older context menu, here's how you can enable it again on Windows 11.

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How to enable the old context menu on Windows 11

In order to bring back the old context menu un Windows 11, users will have to make a change to the system registry, which will instruct Windows to use the old context menu, with access to more options. Here are the steps to turn on the old menu on Windows 11:

Step 1) Click on the Start button and type regedit and press Enter.

Step 2) Use the navigation bar on the left side to visit Computer > HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Classes > CLSID.

Step 3) After clicking on CLSID, right-click on the white area on the right side and select New > Key. Copy and paste {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2} as the name (including the brackets) and press Enter.

Step 4) Click on the key you just created (on the left navigation) and right-click on the white area on the right side and choose New > Key. Copy and paste InprocServer32 as the name.

Step 5) You should now see a key called (Default) under the InprocServer32 entry. Double click it to open, then click OK to close. Do not make any changes before clicking OK.

Step 6) Restart your computer to see the new Windows 10 context menu options on Windows 11.

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First Published Date: 07 Oct, 10:46 IST