How to Get the Old Right Click Menu Back in Windows 11

The right-click menu in Windows 11 is different from Windows 10

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  • If you want Windows 11 to show all options on right click, you need to make a few changes.
  • Fixing this issue requires you to modify your registry but manually by adding the necessary values.
  • Alternatively, you can use the command line tool to quickly make the changes and change the right-click menu.

Windows 11 has a new right-click menu. It is more extensive and includes standard options like Open, Run as administrator, Copy, Paste, and Pin to start. The drawback of this finely designed context menu is that it may not display the option you want. Such other options are hidden in the Show more options.

To access the old right-click context menu, select the Show more options using your mouse or press Shift + F10 after selecting an item.

Why did Microsoft adjust the right-click context menu?

The simple answer is that Microsoft tries to achieve optimal aesthetics in Windows 11 while enhancing performance.

The new context menu is designed to provide fewer options that are usually useful to users. Other options like Open and Open are grouped together.

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This article will focus on how to make Windows 11 right-click show all options by default. Follow along as we discuss this.

How can I make Windows 11 right-click show all options by default?

1. Edit Windows Registry

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Modifying the registry comes with certain risks, therefore, it’s advised to back it up before making any changes.
  1. Locate and open the Registry Editor using Windows Search.
  2. Select the Registry Editor, then click Open.
  3. Select Yes if the User Account Control requests permission.
  4. The Registry Editor will be displayed.
  5. To continue with the process of disabling Show more options in the new context menu, find the CLISID folder. You can copy the address below and paste it to search:
  6. Right-click on the CLSID folder, expand New, and select Key. Or after right-clicking the folder (CLSID), next, right-click on an empty space in the pane.
  7. A new Key folder will be created.
  8. Rename the Key folder. Copy and paste from below to avoid an error:
  9. Create a sub-key by right-clicking the renamed key folder, placing the cursor on New, then selecting Key.
  10. Next, name the sub-key InprocServer32. With the newly named sub-key highlighted, double click the Default option. Examine the pop-up window and make sure the Value data is empty. Next, select OK.
  11. Exit Registry Editor. Next, restart your computer. Now, the Windows 11 right-click should show all options.

You can also use Registry Editor to remove apps from the context menu as well, to know how to remove apps like Clipchamp, Photos, and Paint 3D.

If you don’t want to restart your PC, you can restart the Windows Explorer process by doing the following:

  1. Type task manager in Windows Search. Select the Task Manager. Next, click Open.
  2. Select File. Next, choose Run new task.
  3. Type explorer.exe to restart Windows Explorer.

2. Run Command Prompt

  1. Select Windows key + R. Copy and paste the code below:
    reg.exe add "HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32" /f /ve
  2. Restart your computer or restart Windows Explorer.

This method will achieve the same results as modifying the registry, but it doesn’t require any user input.

How can I restore new context menu options?

  1. Open the Run dialog by pressing Windows key + R.
  2. Next, type the code below:
    reg.exe delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}" /f

By now, you should be able to switch between the new context menu and show all options. If you need more tricks, do not hesitate to learn how to disable Windows 11’s Show More Options Menu.

Also, if you find the Print action missing from the right-click menu, modifying the settings should do the trick!

Before you go, let us know if this works for you. Did you solve it using another method? If so, we’d love to hear it. Please share in the comments section below.

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