How to restore the context menu with the right mouse button in Windows 11. – wintips.org

If you’re having trouble navigating the new right-click menu in Windows 11, follow the instructions below to restore the classic right-click context menu in older versions of Windows.

Windows 11 was released with a new user interface that focuses more on simplicity and flexibility. Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 11 was built from the ground up to be more touch-friendly and design-oriented. So, the most noticeable changes are visible in Settings, Start menu, taskbar, context menus and File Explorer.

Honestly, as much as the redesigned user interface in Windows 11 appeals to me aesthetically, one of the big downsides is the new right-click context menu. That’s because right-clicking in Windows 11 has become much simpler, with several important options that we’re used to in older versions of Windows (such as copy, paste, rename, etc.) replaced or hidden by an icon. “Show additional options” menu.

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How to restore classic right-click menu options in Windows 11.

To return to the classic Windows 10 right-click context menu in Windows 11, use one of the following methods: *

*Note: At the time of writing this guide, Microsoft has not provided an official way to restore the old Windows right-click context menu in Windows 11.

Method 1: Right-click the classic context menu in Windows 11 Register editor.

The first way to enable the context menu with the right mouse button in Windows 11 is to change the registry as follows:

1. click on Starttype regedit and open the Registry Editor.

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2. When prompted, click User Account Control Yes

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3. Once the Registry Editor opens, navigate to:

  • Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\

How to restore the context menu with the right mouse button in Windows 11

4. Important step: Backup registry.

Changing registry settings can be dangerous, as even a small mistake can damage the system, so it’s important to back up the registry key you want to update before you begin. For this:

a. Right click on CLSID click the button on the left panel and select Export.

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b. give a proper name (eg “CLSID_Backup”) and storage Download the REG file yourself desktop. *

*Note: If something goes wrong after editing the registry, you can undo the changes by double-clicking the registry key (REG file) released on the desktop.

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5. Next, right click the CLSID select the folder new and press Key.

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6. A new folder will be created in the CLSID folder. Change the name folder as follows:*

  • {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}
* Quick Tip: Copy and paste all characters including the curly braces { } to avoid mistake.
 
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7. Now, right-click on the newly created folder and select New > Key to create a new sub-key.
 
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8. Name the key like this: InprocServer32

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9. click on InprocServer32, In the right pane, you’ll see a registry key named Standard. Double click to open it.

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10. In the Edit String dialog box, make sure Value information field is empty, click OK or press Enter.

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11. Shut down Registry editor and restartGo to your computer to apply the changes.
12. Voila, you have restored the classic context menu with the right mouse button in Windows 11.

Method 2: Restore the classic right-click menu options in Windows 11 using the command line.

1. click on Starttype command line and It’s open program.

Note: If you want the right-click context menu to affect all users on the computer, you can choose to run the command prompt as an administrator..

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2. Copying and stick it type the following command in the terminal, then click Enter:

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

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3. You will receive a feedback saying “the operation was completed successfully”.

4. Close the command prompt and Restart computer.

5. After restarting, you should have the classic right-click context menu in Windows 11.

*Note: If you decide to go back to Windows 11, right-click the context menu, you just need to execute the following command.

  • reg.exe delete “HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}” /f

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Method 3. Restore Windows 10 Right-click the context menu in Windows 11 with Explorer Patcher.

Another way to return the classic Windows 10 right-click menu, as well as the classic Windows 10 Start menu and taskbar in Windows 11, is to use the Explorer Patcher utility. The program is completely free and changes the Windows 11 interface to look like Windows 10 with just a few clicks.

1. Go to the Explorer Patcher download page on GitHub.
2. Scroll down and click Download the latest version of the installer.
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Run the downloaded file and ask Yes to the UAC warning to install the program.
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After your screen flashes for a few seconds, you’ll see the classic Windows 10 Start menu with the familiar Windows 10 taskbar aligned to the left. (And, of course, the classic Windows context menu with the right mouse button). *

*Note: If you want to configure other options offered by Explorer Patcher, rright click on the taskbar and open Characteristics.

That’s it! Comment below your preference between the classic right-click context menu and the newly introduced Windows 11 right-click menu. Also, let me know if this guide was helpful to you. Please like and share this guide to help others.

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