Windows 11 – Classic Context Menu

I think Windows 11 brought a lot of things to like and also some annoying details that I just prefer stayed the way it was in previous versions of the OS.

One those those things is the classic context menu. When available, I usually set the installer of applications I use frequently to include the shortcuts handy in the context menu, things like Visual Studio Code and 7-Zip.

They are just there, one extra click away, but still I prefer to have it handy, no extra clicks needed. In this new way of doing things, I would need to click in Show more options.

Luckily it is possible to revert back to classic context menu. This can be achieved by opening a Windows Terminal and executing the following command to include a Windows Registry key to signal for the operating system to revert back to the classic context menu as we can see in this answer from Microsoft community Windows 11 – Restore classic context menu – Microsoft Community.

It starts with executing this command line:

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

You should see the following output:

"The operation completed successfully."

You can now close the Windows Terminal. For the settings to take effect, restart Windows Explorer. This can be done by opening the Task Manager via hotkeys Ctrl + Shift + Escape (Esc), then locate the Windows Explorer process. Right click on it and select Restart.

Once the Windows Explorer launches again, the classic context menu should be back as the default option.

I’m really pleased this option is available and things are back where I like them to be. 🙂

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