How to Enable Full Context Menu in Windows 11

You can enable the classic full context menus in Windows 11 using two. By default, the OS shows shorten menus with only a few items, but it is easy to disable this feature and restore the full menus that do not require clicking on More options.

Windows 11 introduced drastic changes to the user interface. It comes with a new taskbar with icons aligned to the center of the screen. There is also a new Settings app, Start menu, and a galore of the other changes.

File Explorer and the shell have been tweaked a lot. For example, Explorer doesn't show the Ribbon UI. Instead, it shows a toolbar with a line of icons.

Another change is compact context menus, which only show a few items by default and hide the rest of commands by the "Show more options" entry.

Windows 11 Default Context Menus

If you are not happy with this change, here is how to revert it and have the full context menus by default.

Enable Full Classic Context Menus In Windows 11

You need to do the following.

Enable Full Context Menus in Windows 11

  1. Download this ZIP archive.
  2. Extract the two REG files from the archive you downloaded to the Desktop.
  3. Double-click on the file Enable classic context menus in Windows 11.reg.
  4. Click Yes the User Account Control dialog to modify the Registry.
  5. Restart Windows 11 to apply the change.

Done!

After you restart Windows 11, you will no longer have compact context menus on Windows 11. If you right a file, folder, or the Desktop background, you will see the full context menu instantly.

Windows 11 Full Context Menus

For your convenience, there is also an undo file in the archive named Restore default context menus in Windows 11.reg. It will allow you to revert the change and get back the default menu style.

Double click on that file, confirm the UAC prompt, and restart Windows 11. The default compact context menus will be restored.

We have tested this tweak on Windows 11 build 22000.51, and found it fully working. Unfortunately, we cannot predict for how long it will work. Microsoft may remove this ability from the OS at any moment of time, or instead add a GUI option to switch the menu style.

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5 thoughts on “How to Enable Full Context Menu in Windows 11

  1. Rick

    This does not work with Windows 11 build 22000.65

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Yep. I’ve noticed.

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      1. bFop

        Do you have a fix for this?

        Reply
        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          not yet.

          Reply
  2. taumeister

    Friends, this is a developer version, not even beta so to speak.

    What sense does it make at such an early stage of development to immediately change and tweak everything.

    Any further update will surely overwrite your settings.

    Just wait and see how everything develops, if it doesn’t work for you in the end, you can always make changes, right?

    A nice rest of the week to you.

    Reply

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