How to open the full right-click menu by default on Windows 11

How to open the full right-click menu by default on Windows 11

After over six years of Windows 10, PC users are now getting a major Windows update with Windows 11. The latest iteration of Windows has got some of the biggest visual refreshments, with a centered Start Menu and taskbar, rounded corners, and more. As part of the UI overhaul, Microsoft also shipped a modernized right-click context menu that’s more condensed than Windows 10’s.

Many seem to have liked the new minimalistic approach, especially when you can still have the option to get your hands on the old-school expanded menu by clicking on the Show more options button at the bottom or using the Shift+F10 keyboard shortcut. Others, however, find this design super annoying, as they have to perform one additional mouse click every time they need access to additional options.

If you’re in the same boat as the latter group of people and are looking to restore the old right-click context menu on Windows 11, then this tutorial is for you. Keep in mind that Microsoft doesn’t offer an official method to disable the modern right-click context menu, but there exists a native method that can give you full context menus in Windows 11 without using any third-party software.

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How to disable “Show more options” and get the full right-click context menu in Windows 11

One can create a manual override through Windows Registry in order to force Explorer to fall back to the classic full menu. There is no need to modify any system file, which means the method should work even after installing Windows 11’s cumulative updates.

The Command-line way

  1. Open Windows Terminal with Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt. You don’t need to start it as administrator, since the override will be set per-user basis.
  2. Copy and paste the following command into Windows Terminal, then press Enter:
    reg add "HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32" /f /ve

    If everything goes right, it should say “The operation completed successfully.”

    Disable Windows 11 right-click context menu reg command

  3. Close Windows Terminal.
  4. Restart the explorer process, or sign out and sign in, or restart the PC to make the override key take effect.

The Graphical way

  1. Start Registry Editor. You can execute the regedit command in the Run prompt to open the application.
    Windows regedit run
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\ and create a new registry key called {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}.
  3. Create another key called InprocServer32 under {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}.
  4. Locate the (Default) key in InprocServer32, set its value to blank, then click OK.
    Disable Windows 11 right-click context menu Registry Editor
  5. Close Registry Editor.
  6. Restart the explorer process, or sign out and sign in, or restart the PC to make the override key take effect.

Re-enable Windows 11’s default right-click context menu

In case you want to revert back to the original design, delete the {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2} key (which includes the InprocServer32 subkey) from Registry Editor. You can also execute the following one-liner on Windows Terminal to achieve the same result:

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

Re-enable Windows 11 right-click context menu reg command

Make sure to reboot or simply log out and re-login after deleting the override key.


We hope you were able to open the full right-click menu by default using the methods above on Windows 11. If you face any issues or have any more questions, feel free to drop them in the comments section below.

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Skanda Hazarika
Skanda Hazarika

DIY enthusiast (i.e. salvager of old PC parts). An avid user of Android since the Eclair days, Skanda also likes to follow the recent development trends in the world of single-board computing.