How to Get the Windows 10 Context Menu Back on Windows 11

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Windows 11 has a new simplified context menu but getting to the classic menu requires an extra click. Here’s how to make the old menu the default again.

Microsoft is shipping Windows 11 with a new simplified right-click context menu, making it easier for the end-user to navigate. However, you might prefer the classic menu that you’ve been used to with Windows 10 (and earlier).

Here’s a look at how you can restore the Windows 10 context menu in Windows 11 Home or Pro.

Get the Old Context Menu Back on Windows 11

Here is an example of the new Context Menu on Windows 11. You can still get the classic menu you’re looking for, but you need to do an extra click of “Show more options” or use the keyboard shortcut Shift+F10.

more Options Windows 11 context menu

Important: Doing this requires that you hack the Registry, which isn’t for the faint of heart. If you make a mistake, it can make your system unstable or worse. Make sure you back up the Registry, create a system Restore Point, or create a full backup of your PC first.

To get started hit the Windows key on your keyboard or click the Start button. In the search bar, type: regedit and hit Enter, or choose the Registry Editor result from the search list.

regedit windows 11

Next, head to the following path in Registry Editor. Note that you can copy and paste it in the address bar to get there more quickly than expanding each key individually.


Now right-click an empty area in the right section and go to New > Key and paste in the following:


paste in key regedit windows 11

Next, right-click on the key you just pasted in and go to New > Key and name it:


Double-click the default key under InprocServer32 to open it. Don’t enter a value – close it. That will make the value entry blank instead of “Value not Set.”

Default Value Data

You’re almost done. Exit the Registry Editor and restart your Windows 11 PC.

shutdown Start menu

Using the Windows 10 Context Menu in Windows 11

After you restart your PC, right-click a file — you’ll find the familiar context menu that you’re used to. The same context menu will appear when you right-click files in File Explorer, too.

You won’t need to go through the extra step of clicking “Show more options” from the new simplified menu.

classic context menu back on Windows 11

And for more on the new Windows 11 OS, check out our article on customizing the Windows 11 Lock Screen. Or take a look at ways you can customize the new taskbar.

If you’re still running Windows 10, take a look at adding the Quick Launch Bar to the Send to Context Menu.

1 Comment

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  1. Norman Melrose

    I have followed the instructions for the context menu, but it has made no difference.
    Maybe it is because I am using Version 21H2 (OS Build 22000.194)!

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