Add the Windows 10 Style Right Click Context Menu to Windows 11


 

If you have been using Windows 10 for some time and then made the switch to Windows 11, you might have noticed that there are several things that are different when it comes to how your perform common tasks. For example, you can’t right click on the taskbar to perform common tasks such as opening Task Manager.

One of the more frustrating changes with Windows 11 is the right click context menu change. The image below shows the right click option when clicking on a Word document. Your right click menu choices will most likely look different depending on what software you have installed on your computer.


Windows 10 Right Click Context Menu

Now instead of having everything displayed all in one place like you can see in the Windows 10 right click menu options, for Windows 11 you will have to click on Show more options first to get to the rest of your right click choices.

Windows 11 Right Click Context Menu

Hopefully Microsoft will change this back to the way it used to be since many people don’t seem to like having to take the extra step. Plus having icons for common items such as cut, copy and paste makes it harder to use since you will need to make sure you are clicking on the right icon since there are no labels on them.

But if you want to change your right click context menu back to the Windows 10 style, it is easy to do with a simple registry edit. If you have never used the Windows registry editor before, just be careful because adding or removing the wrong thing can cause your computer to malfunction or stop working altogether.

The first thing you need to do is click on the Start button or the search icon and typing in regedit in the search box and select the Registry Editor app. You will then need to say yes to the User Account Control prompt to allow access to the app itself.

User Account Control Prompt

Next you will need to navigate to the following location within the registry editor. The easiest way is to just copy and paste the text below in the address bar and press enter to be taken right to the proper area.

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID

Then you will need to right click on CLSID and choose New > Key

Windows Registry Editor

Then you can create a new key using the text below (copy and paste it rather than typing it).

{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}

Then right click this key you just made and create another key named InprocServer32. Your configuration should now look similar to the image below

Windows Registry Editor InprocServer32

You will now see a value named Default in the right pane. Double click on Default to open it and then click on OK without changing any values.

Registry Editor Edit String

Finally you will need to restart Windows Explorer if you know how, or you can simply reboot the computer. After you do this, you will now be able to right click on items and have the simple one screen right click context menu for your Windows 11 computer.

You can also copy the following text and paste it into ad administrative command prompt and run it to get the same results. You will still need to restart your computer or Windows Explorer.

reg add “HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32” /f /ve



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