In Windows 10, Microsoft changed the appearance of the context menus for File Explorer, Desktop and the taskbar. Both, Desktop and the taskbar got wide context menu items, with a lot of space between context menu items. The taskbar context menu also got a darker appearance, which matches the taskbar when its colorization is disabled from the Settings app. Many Desktop users are not happy this change. It is possible to revert the appearance of Desktop context menus to their classic look like in Windows 8 or Windows 7.
To disable wide context menus and revert them to classic appearance in Windows 10, you need to apply a simple Registry tweak. This will restore the good old Windows 7-like appearance for context menus on the Desktop and File Explorer. The taskbar context menu appearance will remain unchanged.
Follow these instructions:
- Open Registry Editor
- Go to the following key:
Tip: How to jump to the desired registry key with one click.
If the FlightedFeatures subkey doesn't exist, then just create it yourself.
- Create a new 32-bit DWORD value named ImmersiveContextMenu. Even if you are running 64-bit Windows, you still need to create a 32-bit DWORD value. Leave its value data as 0. See the following screenshot:
- Restart the Explorer shell or sign out from Windows 10 and log in back.
As I mentioned in the article, there is no way discovered yet to change the appearance of the taskbar context menu. To undo this tweak, just remove the ImmersiveContextMenu value you created.
The same can be done using Winaero Tweaker. Go to Appearance -> Wide Context Menus:
Use this option to avoid Registry editing.
I prepared ready-to-use Registry files which you can download using this link:
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