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How To Get Google Chrome’s Old Right-Click Menu Back

In a recent Google Chrome update, the right-click Context Menu has been changed. The new style is more touch-friendly with extra white space between the items. If you’re not a fan of it, here’s how to revert back to the old style.

Since the update, when you right click anything in Chrome, you’ll get this ugly looking context menu with more white space between items. This makes navigating Chrome on touch interfaces easier, but annoying on traditional computers.

New Menu Style

For some reason, Google decided not to include an obvious way to turn this new style off. So, you need to take matters into your own hands and fix it. Here’s another example of how annoying it is.

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Get the Old Chrome Right Click Menu Back

First, make sure all instances of Chrome are closed out. This is important for this to work. In fact, you might want to open Task Manager and ensure all instances are closed.

End Task

Right click your Google Chrome shortcut and click Properties.

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In the Shortcut window that comes up, the Shortcut tab should already be selected. In the Target field, scroll to the end of chrome.exe hit the Space bar, then type or copy and past the following:

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--disable-new-menu-style

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Note: You have to put a space between chrome.exe before the code. It’s two hyphens, and not a long em dash (–).

Click OK, launch Chrome and you’ll see the right click context menu is back to normal. It will stay that way unless you go back into the shortcut Properties and remove the parameter.

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I find reverting back to how the context menu when using a traditional desktop or laptop computer with mouse and keyboard. But, when using a touch screen interface, the new style actually works much easier.

What do you think about the new style? Do you like it or are you going to revert it back? Leave a comment and let us know!

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4 Responses to How To Get Google Chrome’s Old Right-Click Menu Back

  1. Mike April 11, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    excellent walk through Brian. Another site was so confusing, many could not get it to work. The necessary steps require exact directions. Actually, I prefer the double spacing even without a touch screen.

    • Brian Burgess April 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      Thanks Mike. It’s easy to do, but indeed needs to be specific.

  2. RG April 11, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    I thought something was different! Took me a while to actually SEE it. Menus shouldn’t draw attention to themselves. On desktop interfaces I’m used to the distance between where I right-clicked and where what I want is on the list. Click-move-click. Done. Now I have to read the items and align my mouse. It takes more eyeball movement to read the list.

    I’m sure this is fantastic for touchscreens, but it’s a nuisance for desktop. Google has that great density option in Gmail and Drive. Why can’t I choose Comfortable/Cozy/Compact for my menu?

    I shake my fist at you, Google! Bad design flaw, bad dog!

  3. Rafael Gomes April 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    For me, it did not work. I am having issues with the ” in the beginning and at the end… the –disable-new-menu-style must be inside or outside the ” ???

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