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How to Disable New Context Menu in Windows 11

This article is about how to disable the new context menu in Windows 11. Windows 11 is now available. However, some things have not been solved yet. Users are not happy about the lack of drag and drop support in the taskbar and the new context menu is not user-friendly and ergonomic. They will re-enable the new context menu in Windows 11 via the registry. Microsoft said they have reorganized the old Windows 11 context menu and removed clutter. This also refines the contextual file operations in the right-click context menu, and the Share dialog shares its design aspects.

Windows 11 combines a new, refreshed look and feel with the familiarity of Windows, providing a visually seamless experience across all platforms. This also refines the contextual file operations in the right-click context menu, and the Share dialog shares its design aspects. The context menu is the right-click option provided by the Windows operating system and applications in various places in the operating system. You can also get Windows 10 context menu back in Windows 11

A context menu in a graphical user interface (GUI) appears when a user interacts, such as right-clicking, and provides a list of relevant commands related to the current selection or task. If you are already in File Explorer or on the desktop, the number of steps to complete a file operation is significantly less compared to opening a separate application. Simply put, the context menu is the tool or option for a right-click. Before you proceed, we recommend you to update Windows 11

How to Disable New Context Menu in Windows 11

Step 1: Open Run dialog by pressing Win +R.

Step 2: Copy and paste the below and press enter:

  • reg.exe add “HKCUSoftwareClassesCLSID{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}InprocServer32” /f /ve

Step 3: Now Open Windows 11 Task Manager, find Windows Explorer, and restart it.

Windows 11 Classic Context Menu Program

Running registry commands is a one-time thing, but if you want to switch between the new and old Windows 11 context menus, you can turn to a free portable app called Win11 Classic Context Menu v1.0.

Using Win11 Classic Context Menu:

Step 1: Download the “W11classicMenu”: Zip file and extract its files to a folder

Step 2: Run the application by clicking on its executable.

Step 3: The app checks and shows whether your Windows 11 has a default or Classic Context Menu style enabled in a tiny window.

Step 4: You need to click on “Enable Win11 Classic Context Menu Style” and further hit the “Restart Explorer” button to see the changes right away.

Step 5: Now restart Windows 11 PC 

Final Words

We hope you understand this article about how to disable new context menu in Windows 11. If you want to remove items from the new context menu to declutter your right-click menu. The context menu is accessed with a right mouse click. User interaction with context menus depends on the computer device, its operating system and input mechanisms. If you like our article, please share it with others.

I hope you understand this article, How to Disable New Context Menu in Windows 11.

James Hogan
James Hogan is a senior staff writer at Bollyinside, where he has been covering various topics, including laptops, gaming gear, keyboards, storage, and more. During that period, they evaluated hundreds of laptops and thousands of accessories and built a collection of entirely too many mechanical keyboards for their own use.

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