How to use the classic context menu again in Windows 11

Windows 11 hit the market boasting a new, more beautiful and minimalist aesthetic section that, however, has not been to the liking of many users. Among the changes that we can find, we find the redesign of the context menu (the menu that appears when you press the right button) that now features transparency effects, a translucent blur and new rounded corners. In the event that you prefer to use the classic Windows 10 context menu again, we will tell you how we can restore it.

The new context menu is not having the acceptance that Microsoft would have liked and its redesign has not finished liking its users. The lack of options and tools that it showed until now means that we have to make more clicks to reach the desired option, which ends up being a waste of time.

use the classic context menu again in Windows 11

How to open the classic menu

The new context menu still appears when we right-click somewhere like the Desktop, inside File Explorer, selecting a file, etc. This is different from Windows 10 and is responsible for automatically hiding the added options of third-party programs in order to make it more compact.

Menú contextual de Windows 11

In the event that we want to access the complete context menu, we will need to click on its Show more options section that is present at the bottom of the new context menu or press the Shift + F10 key combination to access directly.

Menú contextual de Windows 11 ampliado

This basically means that we have two context menus in Windows 11. The first, the compact one, and the second, the extended one with all the available options.

Modify the Registry

If we are determined to change the Windows 11 right-click menu to the classic one that we used in Windows 10, Microsoft is not going to make it easy for us and we will not have any graphic element to be able to carry out this option. That is why we will have to carry out modifications in the Registry either manually or automatically.

To be able to carry out the restoration of the context menu by the classic from the Registry, we can carry it out in two different ways, both equally valid, either by doing it automatically with a .reg file or by changing the parameters manually.

Auto switch

Perhaps the easiest way to carry out this restoration process is to make the change in the Registry automatically, since it will only be necessary to download a .reg file and execute it. This file we need is called ClassicShell.reg . We can download it from its GitHub repository .

Once downloaded, we only have to add it to the Windows Registry, for which we simply have to click on it with the right button and select the option to Open with the Registry Editor. Next, a warning window will appear and click on Run.

Ejecutar archivo classicshell

Once this is done, we only have to log out and then log back in. Then we will check how the Windows 11 context menu has returned to the previous version.

In the case of wanting to return to the Windows 11 context menu, the process is similar but first we must edit the ClassicShell.reg file that we had downloaded. To do this, right-click on it and select Notepad. Here we must change the value dword:00000000 to dword:00000001 . We save the changes and run the file again.

Editar script con el Bloc de notas

Manual shift

Changing the Registry manually is intended for expert and advanced users who have knowledge and experience in modifying the system registry.

In this case, the first thing to do is press the keyboard shortcut “Windows + R” to launch the Run command. Here we write regedit and press Enter or the OK button.

Once it is inside the Windows Registry and before modifying anything, we will make a backup, as a preventive measure. We cannot forget that any unwanted modification can cause damage to the system. To do this, click on “File” and “Export”. Then we specify All in the export range, give it a name, select the .reg format and click “Save”.

Next, we navigate to the following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER / Software / Classes / CLSID

Now we right-click on the CLSID key and select “New” and “Key”. This will cause us to create a key under the CLSID key which we will name {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2} .

Again we right-click on the key {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2} and select “New” and “Key”, to create a key within it which we will name InprocServer32.

Volver al clásico menú contextual modificando el Registro

Now we only have to close the Registry Editor and restart the computer. Once restarted we will get the old Windows 10 context menu.

If later we want to return to the default Windows 11 context menu, all we have to do is access the Registry and delete the key {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2} .

Try apps for free

A very simple way to be able to re-enable the classic right-click menu in Windows 11 is through third-party applications. By using these programs we will be able to carry out this operation with just a simple mouse click.

Win 11 Classic Context Menu

In exchange for downloading a simple and free portable application called Win 11 Classic Context Menu , we are going to find a solution to be able to disable and enable the new Windows 11 context menu quickly, avoiding having to change Registry parameters. We can download it from the developer’s website .

Win 11 Classic Context Menu

It has a minimalist interface and in Spanish, so everything is done easily. We will only have two options:

  • Enable classic context menu style
  • Enable default context menu styling.

Simply click on the first option to make the Windows 10 context menu available again. In the event that we want to return to the one used in Windows 11 by default, click on the second option.

To confirm the changes, it will only be necessary to press the “Restart browser” button.

Winaero Tweaker

We are talking about a free Windows customization and adjustment tool that will allow us to modify the hidden configuration of the operating system that does not allow us to change the interface, giving us the possibility of being able to recover the classic menu in Windows 11. The application is safe to use , free of ads and scripts. We can download it from its official website.

Winaero Tweaker

Once downloaded and installed, we run it so that its main menu appears. In the left column we look at its Windows 11 section and select “Classic Full Context Menus”. Finally, in the right column, we click on the Enable classic full context menus section. Once this is done, we restart the computer and check that the changes have taken effect.