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This is how you get the right-click menu back in Windows 11

Windows 11 has new context menus. A common perception of the new right-click menu in Windows Explorer is that it’s not very good. Microsoft has replaced text labels with buttons and the default menu is significantly shortened.

To see all the old options, the menu must be expanded with a click on More options, i.e. an unnecessary double-click many times.

Microsoft seems to think that the new menu look should be the way to go, as there is no easy way to switch back. However, there is a so-called registry hack that allows you to turn off the new context menu and restore the old one.

We show you how to implement this little trick to bring back some Windows 10 feel in Windows 11. It works at the time of writing (April 2022), but there is no guarantee that Microsoft will not block this possibility in the future.

Note that the process requires you to modify the Windows registry. There are always risks involved, especially if you’re not used to it, so take it with caution. Should you regret it and want the Windows 11 feature back, just use the Registry Editor again and delete the CLSID key you created.

The right-click menu

1. Start

The new right-click menu in Explorer isn’t for everyone. If you want the Windows 10 look back, start the Registry Editor by clicking the Start button, typing regedit and press Enter.

The right-click menu

2. Open key

Click through to the key (folder) HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassesCLSID. Right-click the key CLSIDselect New and then Key.

The right-click menu

3. Give name

Give your new key the complicated name {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2} (note the gull-wing brackets). Right-click this key and create another one with the name Inproc server32.

The right-click menu

4. Type default value

Double-click the value Standard under the key Inproc server32 and enter “” (two quotation marks). Close with OK. You may now see the result immediately, otherwise restart Windows.

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