How to Reveal Hidden Context-Menu on Windows 11

When Windows 10 users switch to Windows 11, the first shock they get is that the taskbar is no longer fixed in the left bottom side of the screen. The taskbar on Windows 11 desktop is centered by default. Another confusion often experienced by the new users is that the context-menu does not carry all the items. So when you right-click on any file or folder in the Windows File Explorer, you see only a few number of options rather than the old style of right-click menu. This few things can slowly start annoying the new Windows 11 users.

If you are cleaning your eye glasses the fifth time to look and find all the missing right-click menu items, then stop trying. It is not your fault but the Windows 11 has a dual layer right-click menu. When you right-click on an item, it displays a smaller pretty looking menu. But if you want to see the long classic menu, then you have to do more than just right-click on a file or folder.

Windows 11 Hidden Menu

In order to bring up the full menu, you can do two or three things. One way is to right-click on a file and then choose Show more options. This will immediately display the good old right-click menu that we are all familiar with.

Another method is to select the file or folder by left-clicking on it once. Then you have to use a hotkey Shift+F10. This will bring up the classic right-click menu. You can select files by using your keyboard arrow keys or the tab key and eliminate the use of mouse altogether in this method.

Windows 11 Hidden Menu

The third method makes everything convenient. In this method, we can simply disable the new style of context-menu. For this, we can open a command prompt and give the following command:

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

This will completely disable the new style of context-menu. If you want to return back to the default style of menu again, then you can delete the added key. For this, you can once again open a command prompt window and give the following command:

reg delete "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}" /f​

So these are the different ways to reveal the hidden context-menu on a Windows 11 PC. In addition to these, you can also try switching to a third-party file manager such as Double Commander.